By on June 25, 2014


Adding a green stripe upon its rosso corsa paint, Ferrari aims to reduce fleet greenhouse gas emissions by 20 percent among its offerings by the time the new decade arrives.

Automotive News Europe reports the Italians are taking a two-pronged approach in tackling CO2 while maintaining the performance for which the brand is known all over. V8-powered models like the new California T (for turbo) will use turbocharging to add power to shrinking engine sizes while knocking out more emissions. The California T’s powertrain delivers 552 horsepower and 250g/km of CO2, a significant improvement over the previous model’s 483 horses and 299g/km from its naturally aspirated V8.

While turbos handle the small stuff, hybridization will be used to boost fuel efficiency and power in V12 models, such as the FF and F12 Berlinetta. The current example — the LaFerrari — nets 963 horsepower and 330g/km of CO2 from its 6.3-liter V12 and 120-kilowatt electric motor combo, besting the Enzo’s 660 horses and 545g/km.

Both approaches are expected to help Ferrari reduce emissions by 2 percent to 3 percent every year, resulting in a 20 percent cumulative reduction by 2021. The automaker already cut CO2 produced by its lineup by 40 percent since 2007, when the average was 435g/km.

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14 Comments on “Ferrari To Reduce CO2 Emissions 20 Percent By 2021 Via Hybrids, Turbos...”

  • avatar

    What?! No more flat-plane V8s with 9000 rpm redlines?

    Enzo (purportedly) said: “Aerodynamics are for people who cannot build engines.”

    If he were alive today he would say: “Turbos are for people who cannot build engines.”

    • 0 avatar

      I’m sure Ferrari would love to continue with the status quo, but the Regulators won’t let them –though I’m dubious about the impact a 7000-unit annual production would have on the planet.

      That said, the California T’s smaller turbo V8 makes more horsepower than the larger NA V8 it replaced. So…

    • 0 avatar

      Lol. Wasn’t Enzo alive for the 288 GTO/F40?

      I have heard the California T. Sound wise, it loses nothing to the likes of the 458 etc.

  • avatar

    More toys for liberal rich Greeners who feel bad about themselves.

  • avatar

    Don’t most Ferrari owners already massively reduce their carbon footprint by almost never driving these cars after purchase?

    • 0 avatar

      No kidding!

      The driving patterns employed my most exotic car owners, is such that there is virtually no reason whatsoever not to go full electric. Musk knows his fellow rich guys very well indeed. Much better than the mere plebians he seems so intent on courting…..

    • 0 avatar

      Absolutely. The vast majority of a typical Ferrari’s “carbon footprint” is the hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of energy and resources that go into making the car in the first place.

  • avatar
    schmitt trigger

    Even though it will reduce CO2 emissions compared to an ICE of the same horsepower, the truth is that the electric motor simultaneously boosts power. 120 Kw are an additional 160HP with full torque available from standstill.

    Ferrari and other major European players are applying the experience gained from F1 and LeMans.
    Instead of complaining and whining, they are adapting to the brave new world.

  • avatar
    Master Baiter

    This is great. Ferrari cutting CO2 by 20% should drop the Earth’s temperature by about .000000000001 degree C by 2100.

  • avatar

    Part of the appeal of ferraris is the motors charisma. Read any report on the new T and its pretty clear that this motor makes power but lacks the immediacy and throttle response of a NA motor. As for the 12’s yes you can use electrics to plug torque gaps and tune asmaller motor for high hp. But the price is weight.

    Ferrari is more and more becoming a producer of boulavard cars. If thye were really about performance they woudl stay NA and go light weight. But poseurs like to look fast while being cosseted so Iguess that is out.

    These days if you wnata real sportscar, its evtte or Lotus. Ferrari and porche lost the plot, unless of course you think a fast cool car is all about paper specs, then yeah a 991TT is great.

    • 0 avatar
      healthy skeptic

      >> If thye were really about performance they woudl stay NA and go light weight.

      No, you go turbo precisely to go low weight. Same power with less displacement.

      Speaking of which, why the general hate against turbos? I’ve never gotten on board the NA-or-death bandwagon.

      I could understand it 30 years ago, when turbos were much less reliable and durable, and turbo lag was still a significant factor. But modern turbos are just as good as NAs for reliability, and turbo lag has been all but eliminated in the best of them.

      Not only that, but while NAs and turbos are both great at the track, turbos are better for DD. All that low-end grunt… Chances are, you won’t be revving to 7,000 rpm during your daily commute, but with a turbo you can still have plenty of fun down low.

  • avatar

    you would need to ask Ferrari engineers and designers , what they would like to build .. and than you would get ‘the best car possible’ ..

    Trouble is: decision is on the side of : legislators , beancounters , and marketing ‘menegers’ (.. they need to push these cars to nouvo-riche ignorant poseurs ..)

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