While there is a lot of talk about futuristic powertrains, the real potential remains in making cars as light as possible. Companies like Ferrari have been pioneering the use of carbon fiber for decades, and their next hybrid supercar, codenamed the F150 (or F70??) could come in at under 2,500 pounds.
For comparison, the Mazda MX-5 Miata comes in at just 2,100 pounds, and sports a conventional four-cylinder drivetrain. The Ferrari F150 will boast a 730 horsepower V12 engine backed by an electric drivetrain adding around 100 horsepower and 200 ft-lbs of torque. All of this adds just over 300 pounds onto the weight of the Miata.
How? For starters, the carbon fiber monocoque chassis weighs in the area of 150 pounds. Meanwhile, the carbon fiber and Kevlar body cover of the F150 is 20% lighter than that of the Ferrari Enzo. Aluminum will no doubt be used in the engine and transmission, and the car will likely be short of luxury features.
Yet for all that horsepower, the Ferrari F150 will reduce its CO2 emissions output by 40%, and while the electric motors can’t move the car on their own, they will provide a performance boost thanks to a flywheel-hybrid setup. Even so, I don’t expect it to get very good gas mileage. The hybrid system is about performance, not efficiency, and Ferraris are known for sucking down their fair share of gasoline.
This Ferrari hybrid is shaping up to be one of the coolest cars of the century. But would the fact that its a hybrid ease your conscience as you burned through petroleum at a spectacular rate?