Ferrari Working on Electric Turbo Technology

Jason Siu
by Jason Siu

Add another automaker to the list that is planning to use electric turbo technology.

Ferrari, like Audi, is developing a new powertrain that will utilize an electric turbo to help eliminate conventional turbocharger lag. Starting with a supercharged engine, the Italian automaker is rumored to be pairing it with an electric turbo to not only deliver exceptional performance but help reduce emissions.

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The newest model from Ferrari, the California T, features a 3.8-liter V8 turbo engine with 560 hp and 556 lb-ft of torque. There has been rumors that the Italian automaker will introduce a facelifted 458 Italia model incorporating the same turbo powerplant instead of the naturally aspirated 4.5-liter V8 that’s currently used.

Audi plans on bringing its electric turbocharger powertrain to market with the next-generation SQ7, which is due in 2016. Mercedes-Benz has also expressed its interest in using electric turbochargers for its powertrains.

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[Source: 4 Wheels News]

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Jason Siu
Jason Siu

Jason Siu began his career in automotive journalism in 2003 with Modified Magazine, a property previously held by VerticalScope. As the West Coast Editor, he played a pivotal role while also extending his expertise to Modified Luxury & Exotics and Modified Mustangs. Beyond his editorial work, Jason authored two notable Cartech books. His tenure at saw him immersed in the daily news cycle, yet his passion for hands-on evaluation led him to focus on testing and product reviews, offering well-rounded recommendations to AutoGuide readers. Currently, as the Content Director for VerticalScope, Jason spearheads the content strategy for an array of online publications, a role that has him at the helm of ensuring quality and consistency across the board.

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