We have already reached a generation wherein automakers are making the switch from gasoline engine cars to hybrid and all electric vehicles. So far, the trend is for automakers to gradually transition their range to accommodate electric vehicles. That’s why it is significant news when automakers say that they’re not looking into electrifying their models.
While Porsche and Bentley are joining the norm by developing sports cars, it seems like Ferrari and Lamborghini have no plans of doing so, and they have just confirmed it, according to Automotive News. Both Italian automakers do not believe that electrification is the future of supercars, but they do believe that hybrid options are.
At the Frankfurt Motor Show, Michael Leiters, Chief Technology Officer of Ferrari, said in an interview with Automotive News that it will take a lot more time, effort and innovation to get the same performance, and more importantly the driving pleasure of what we have today with the non-electrified models. It will not be that easy to replicate the performance and ease that we have now.
In the same interview, Leiters mentioned that they have to consider the important aspects of a supercar including the performance and sound of the car. So the automaker's first step would be hybridization, and we will likely see this first in limited models like the LaFerrari before it trickles down to mainstream models like the 488 GTB. In fact, the pictured Ferrari 488 may have a hybrid setup.
Lamborghini, on the other hand, has the same views as Ferrari. Stefano Domenicali, CEO of Lamborghini said that he does not feel that electric vehicles are the future of sports cars - well not immediately. He then added that hybridization will still happen, and that we will see this in the next five years. Having said that, they will continue to develop the new Urus SUV with a plug-in hybrid option, but the automaker will stick to naturally aspirated V10 and V12 engines.
What we also know is that the Lamborghini Urus will be their very first model with the plug-in hybrid option, equipped with a V8 engine. The Italian automaker has not said a lot when it comes to hybrid sports cars, but rumours indicate that they might be developing a special one-off with new technology.
I guess these supercar makers know best when it comes to developing cars, and they may be right when saying that technology is not ready yet to replicate today’s supercar performance with full electric vehicles. But for the moment, all eyes are on Porsche and Bentley as they prepare to come out with their fully electric supercars.