With a need to decrease its carbon footprint by some forty percent by the time tough new European CO2 laws kick in during 2012, Ferrari is reviewing the very heart of their cars, those magnificent engines. The latest news suggests that the replacement for the Enzo will feel the pain of CO2 compliance with four cylinders being removed from the supercar equation.
The Enzo???s 6.0-litre V12 may be dropped but the news is not all bad. In a return to a set-up similar to the legendary F40, Ferrari are looking at a new twin-turbo V8 set-up and we all know, if you can???t have a V12 then a twin-turbo-charged V8 will do just fine thanks!
Ferrari technical director Robert Fedeli has told AutoWeek that they (Ferrari) are developing both a V8 and a V12 that will better handle their CO2 compliance and power their next generation of exotic machinery.
According to Autoblog there is a possibility that the new force fed V8 will have somewhere around the 900hp mark and that Ferrari are currently developing new light weight construction methods which all adds up to a more ecologically friendly golden age for the supercar maker and their well-to-do clients.
For an interesting and relevant take on the European CO2 laws that are forcing this change on Ferrari and the other European performance car manufacturers, head over to Automobiles De Luxe for Gunnar???s view on why the Euro laws are a little on the nose.