Ferrari is building an electric supercar

Shawn Knight

TechSpot Staff
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Ferrari, one of the industry’s premiere exotic car manufacturers, is planning to build a battery-powered supercar to compete with Tesla at the high-end of the market.

In a recent interview with Bloomberg, Ferrari Chairman and CEO Sergio Marchionne praised Tesla and Elon Musk for what they’ve done for the industry but said that it’s now “doable by all of us.” If there is an electric supercar to be built, he added, then Ferrari will be the first.

Indeed, after being skeptical of technological advancements related to alternative power and autonomy, Marchionne said he believes the time is right for a shift in the auto industry. The executive, who plans to retire in April 2019, estimates that by 2025, fewer than half the cars sold will be powered by traditional combustion-based engines.

Tesla in November announced a new version of its Roadster that it promises will be the fastest production car ever. The car will allegedly do 0-60 mph in just 1.9 seconds, hit 100 mph in 4.2 seconds and smash the quarter mile in just 8.9 seconds en route to a top speed of more than 250 mph.

If Tesla can deliver on those numbers, the Roadster could have no equal for a long time.

Marchionne also said Ferrari will introduce its first SUV – the fastest on the market – by late 2019 or early 2020.

Unfortunately, details on Ferrari’s first electrified vehicle aren’t yet known – and likely won’t be shared anytime soon. In the interim, we have to turn to homebrew projects like this 1987 Ferrari 308 to get an idea of what an all-electric Ferrari looks like in the flesh.

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yRaz

Nigerian Prince
In the interim, we have to turn to homebrew projects like this 1987 Ferrari 308 to get an idea of what an all-electric Ferrari looks like in the flesh.
Shawn, don't talk about cars... That was a gas car before it was an electric homebrew and has nothing to do with what an electric Ferrari would look like. Only reason people choose those to go electric is because it's literally cheaper to do an electric swap than it is to have any repairs done on them(if you can find someone who is even willing to repair a 308)

I will say that this move is surprising. Ferrari said when they made the LaFerrari (Ferrari's Hybrid) that the electric motor was purely for performance and had nothing to do with the environmental impacts of fossil fuels.

Maybe after being outclassed by Tesla at 1/5th the cost for the last 6-7 years they've finally come to their senses.
 
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Uncle Al

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Well, let's not forget that all of Europe is predicting it will ban the use of fossil fuels in the next 20 years. Whether they make that deadline or not, the more they move that way, the better off their citizens will be. Of course, I chuckle thinking of the Autobahn looking more like one of the old giant slot car tracks then an actual roadway .......