Why Ferrari find it painful adding weight to produce greener supercars
Although Ferrari need no introduction when it comes to producing a hybrid powertrain hypercar, with the world beating La Ferrari. In a recent interview with Autocar, Ferrari’s chief technology officer Michael Leiters confirmed that having to add weight because of hybrid technology “hurts”.
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Ferrari are known for producing beautiful and powerful machines, however, good looks and brute force aren’t what make their cars great. It is the perfect balance between grunt, and a lightweight, highly refined chassis. Turning them into the most satisfying drivers cars ever produced.
As we’ve all heard countless times before. Polar bears are dying, and we need to adapt to eliminate, or at the very least reduce carbon footprints. Car makers have been doing this for the last decade or so through various forms of hybrid or full-electric powertrains. By their very nature, these systems are extremely efficient, and are able to produce immense power and torque, the downside however is weight.
In the grand scheme of things, hybrid and electric automobile technology is still very much in its infancy. There is the ultimate trade-off between shedding as much weight as possible to improve the driving experience, alongside attempting to provide the an acceptable battery capacity.
Batteries lithium based are heavy. Without doubt, new battery technologies will be in the works, offering far better energy to weight ratio, which hopefully will pacify Mr Leiters of Ferrari.
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