Hell Gets Chilly; Ferrari Goes Green
Of course, they kinda have to, as the Maranello Mob don't have "get out of global warming free" card to hand the European Union when new CO2 regs come into force. As Reuters reports, the semi-democratic bureaucrats in the European Union (EU) are preparing legislation that will require manufacturers' fleets to average 120 grams of CO2 per km by 2012. And so Ferrari's GM has announced his employer's intention to reduce their bella machinas' CO2 production by 40 percent by the EU deadline. "We have to face the challenge of reducing consumption but not affecting the performance of the car," Amedeo Felisa told Reuters in Frankfurt. "Otherwise we move [away] from our position in the market and we do not want to do that." Felisa also took the opportunity to remind the world that the integrity of the Earth's polar ice caps doesn't depend on the CO2 levels emitted by Ferrari's 6k annual production run. "Our volumes will not … affect the environment," he said, piercingly glimpsing the obvious. And anyway, improving mpg with high-tech, lightweight materials shouldn't be that hard for Ferrari, an automaker whose products are not exactly what you'd call "price sensitive."