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Following last weekend’s running of the Indianapolis 500, the Indy Racing League announced that when its next-generation engine rules go into effect, smaller displacement, boosted engines would replace the current, normally aspirated 3.5-liter V8 engines. The specifics of the new powertrain package still need to be ironed out, but displacements will be limited to 2.4-liters with no more than six cylinders.
By allowing more architecture flexibility, the series hopes to attract more manufacturers to build powerplants. For the last several years, all of the IndyCar engines have been supplied by Honda. IndyCar will also be taking a page from the American Le Mans Series with some green initiatives like adding kinetic energy recovery hybrid systems (KERS) and other fuel efficiency technologies.
[Source: Indy Racing League]
In the Eighties, you wanted your MTV. Now that you’re a little older and a lot richer, you want your naturally aspirated V12 Italian cars, and both Ferrari and Lamborghini plan to deliver. The raging bulls at Sant’ Agata are incorporating more lightweight materials into their cars in order to get over emissions hurdles, but Ferrari has different plans, likely including a roadgoing iteration of its kinetic energy recovery system, as seen fitted to its 599 HY-KERS concept car at the Geneva Motor Show earlier this year.
According to Autocar‘s quote from Ferrari CEO Amedeo Felisa, “Hybrid means we can protect the V12,” suggesting Ferrari believes its unassisted 12-cylinder will live on. Autocar‘s theory is that the next Enzo could see its V12 paired with an electric motor to keep the government watchdogs happy. Of course, this contradicts Autocar‘s Ferrari piece from not even ten days ago when, after speaking with Felisa, it wrote, “Felisa also hinted that the new Ferrari Enzo will be powered by a direct-injection twin-turbo V8 when it is launched in 2012.”
It could be that Ferrari will use a naturally aspirated V12, and only not in the Enzo – the F40 was a V8 while the Testarossa/512 received the big-engine treatment. Frankly, we’re all for a hybrid Enzo, though. Provided they can keep the weight down, a silent supercar at low speeds with 600-plus horses that could bolt at a half-second’s notice would make the most awesome getaway car ever.
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What’s the world coming to when two of Italy’s most storied supercar manufacturers – we’re talking Ferrari and Lamborghini here, in case you couldn’t tell – are planning to launch hybrid automobiles? Well, actually that’d be three of Italy’s most storied automakers, now that rumors of just such a Maserati are making the rounds on the Interwebs.
We’d agree with the boys at Inside Line when they suggest that Maserati will likely borrow hybrid technology from fellow Fiat-owned Ferrari, especially since the two business units already share a number of drivetrain components. If that’s the case, the three-pointed Trident brand could potentially get a version of the Kinetic Energy Recovery System (KERS for short) that Ferrari showed off on its 599 HY-KERS earlier this week at the Geneva Motor Show.
Word has it that Maserati is also joining Ferrari in its quest to shed a few unwanted pounds on its automobiles, which will have dual benefits for both brands – namely, improvements in both performance and fuel efficiency. Now there’s a win-win scenario if we’ve ever heard one.
[Source: Inside Line]