Ferrari has brought its current range for display in Paris, each equipped with either a new generation of the company's 8 or 12-cylinder powertrains.
The F12berlinetta - the most powerful V12 ever built by the Maranello based factory, contains 740bhp within a light, compact architecture. Complementing the F12 is the FF, Ferrari’s first four-wheel drive model that also sits four. The FF now sports a new full-length panoramic roof in a special reflective glass (LowE) for a genuine open-air driving feeling, without compromising on thermal and acoustic insulation.
A V8 engine that has won the ‘Best Performance Engine Award’ for two consecutive years powers the coupe and the spider versions of the 458 Italia, and the updated California 30 – 30 referring to the reduction in weight and increase in bhp.
Important innovations have led to reductions in the weight of its cars with improved emission figures over the years, despite a power boost by approximately 100bhp across the model range. Fuel consumption and emissions have been reduced by 30 per cent compared to four years ago thanks to technical enhancements on engines, structural components, aerodynamics, tyres and vehicle sub-systems.
Ferrari announced it is planning to launch its first hybrid model in the near future. We believe we already know what Ferrari is talking about. Ferrari debuted the new composite chassis derived directly from Formula 1 technologies in Paris.
Ferrari’s vast experience in working with composites for F1 has helped for chassis development for the upcoming hybrid model - to be produced in limited numbers. Ferrari forego the industrial carbon-fibre manufacturing techniques, as they did not meet the quality and functional standards.
The R&D processes are shared with its Scuderia counterpart with important contribution from Rory Byrne, Ferrari's F1 chief designer who helped in 11 team Championship titles. The chassis uses four different types of carbon-fibre which is hand-laminated and cured in autoclaves.
The carbon-fibre composite chassis is 20 percent lighter than the Enzo Ferrari, despite the extra weight required to house hybrid components. Moreover torsional rigidity is increased by 27 percent and beam stiffness is up by 22 percent.
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