Ferrari: hybrids are the future

* Ferrari hybrid 'in a couple of years' * F1 KERS system in road-going Ferraris * Electric cars dismissed...

18 August 2011

Ferrari: hybrids are the future

Ferrari says it's pushing ahead with its first production hybrid car, but has dismissed electric cars because they won't reduce pollution.

Ferrari chairman Luca di Montezemolo told the BBC that his company was 'working very, very hard on the hybrid Ferrari'.

'This should be the future,' said Montezemolo, 'and I hope in a couple of years you will see it.'

In 2009, Ferrari unveiled a 599 Hybrid at the Geneva motor show, but the company insisted the car was merely a test mule, showcasing the technology rather than representing a production-ready model.

The company also says the Kinetic Energy Recovery System (KERS) that's used on Formula One cars will soon be fitted to its production cars. However, don't expect to see an electric Ferrari.

'I don't feel electric cars represent an important step forward for [fighting] pollution and CO2,' Montezemolo said.