Ferrari plans to introduce its brand-new electric hybrid V8 supercar before the end of the year, the automaker recently confirmed, a vehicle that would mark the Italian firm’s secon-ever hybrid model, after the LaFerrari.

According to Automotive News, Ferrari CEO Louis Camilleri confirmed the car will start delivery to customers one year from now, and is expected to be more profitable than the 812 Superfast.

The vehicle won’t be displayed at the upcoming Geneva motor show; instead, Ferrari will debut the hybrid-V8 car as its own standalone event.

The car will be positioned above the 488 Pista, due to the power bump it’ll offer over that performance model. Ferrari will no longer reserve the hybrid powertrain for bespoke models like the KERS-boosted LaFerrari, explaining the technology will now be featured in a “regular life cycle” model.

In fact, Camilleri said that by 2022, 60 percent of the Modena brand’s lineup would be electrified.

Don’t you fret, though, dino fans (as in dinosaur, not Dino). Ferrari isn’t killing any gasoline-powered models. The hybrid powertrain will be built alongside regular internal-combustion-engined vehicles, in order to cater to old-school enthusiasts while still moving ahead with the times.

We first found out about the vehicle back in September, when Ferrari revealed a new modular vehicle platform with space for a hybrid powertrain. 2022 will also be the year we could see a LaFerrari successor, but not before that.

The hybrid technology could also trickle down to Ferrari’s subsidiary brand, Maserati, in the form of its new Alfieri sports car.

Source: Driving

February 15, 2019