Ferrari is no stranger to turbo charging, in fact they’ve been playing with turbos since 1984 when they first appeared on the mid-engine Ferrari 288 GTO. Their next turbo adventure came in the form of the 1987 Ferrari F40 which utilized a twin turbo set-up on a 2.9 L V8. Then in 1995 Ferrari not only dropped the V8 engine for their new hyper car the F50, but they ditched the turbos as well and instead opted for a naturally aspirated V12. The V12 engine design also found its way into the F50’s successor, the coveted Ferrari Enzo.
Fast forward to 2010 and Ferrari’s chief executive Amedeo Felisa. In an interview with Autocar.co.uk, he tells us that the next mill to find a place in the next generation Enzo will be that of a twin-turbo V8.
Amedeo Feliza states the reasoning for this is:
“The perception today is that the number of cylinders equates to the possibilities of the car. That is why we are developing hybrid technology that can be applied to our V8 and V10 cars. Hybrid means we can protect the V12.”
He then also ruled out any rumors of a possible twin-turbo V6 set-up stating:
“There are no plans for a six-cylinder engine today,” Felisa said. “Ferrari will not build a six-cylinder engine until customer attitudes towards smaller engines change.”
Unfortunately for us mere mortals who live outside the closed doors of Ferrari HQ, we’ll just have to sit back and wait to see what magic will find its way out of Ferrari’s inner skunk works.