Last week we brought you news on a new four-wheel drive hybrid system that Ferrari is working on and now it appears as though the Italian maker of exotic cars is exploring turbochargers for future production models.
Much like how the 4WD Hybrid setup came to light, the new turbocharger system was revealed due to a patent application made with the European Patent Office.
The patent is for a, “turbocharged internal combustion engine with V arrangement,” and while it doesn’t specify an eight-cylinder powerplant, the drawing certainly suggests that. Ferrari may also be working on a turbocharged V6 engine.
Also, while it isn’t clearly stated the setup shows two equally-sized turbochargers indicating it is likely to be a twin-turbo and not a bi-turbo setup. Either way, two smaller turbochargers would help give power throughout a wider powerband.
The last Ferrari to use a turbocharged setup was the iconic F40 – thought by many to be one of the greatest driver’s cars of all time. It was powered by a tiny 2.9-liter V8 engine with two turbochargers and made 471hp and 426 ft-lbs of torque, allowing it to hit 62 mph in 3.8 seconds.
Could this new turbocharged Ferrari be the successor to the Enzo?
[Source: European Patent Office via AutoCar]