CEO of Ferrari, Sergio Marchionne, has reportedly said to the FIA magazine Auto, that Ferrari need to be in Formula E.
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Stressing upon the importance of their possible involvement, he said “We need to be involved in Formula E because electrification via hybridisation is going to be part of our future.”
Although Ferrari haven’t really been big on electric vehicle production, Marchionne has said that electric technology for their road cars is crucial for Ferrari’s future and the development for this shall be aided immensely by being involved with Formula E racing.
“Hybridisation is crucial to Ferrari”, he said, “The challenge is to benefit from hybridisation not just in terms of emissions reductions, but also performance.”
“We have already developed a hybrid supercar, LaFerrari, and on future Ferrari models, we will leverage new technologies as well as electrification.”
This is potentially big news for Formula E and electric racing in general. Ferrari are the symbol of motor racing in a sense, and for them to join Formula E would be a testament to how well Formula E has done since its inception.
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With big manufactures like Audi, Renault, and Jaguar heavily involved in Formula E and BMW and Mercedes to come, it is utterly evident that Formula E is here to stay.
Or is this just another Ferrari ploy for power play?
Yeaah..well. Can you ever be sure with Ferrari? Don’t be surprised if this is Ferrari asserting their dominance over the F1 grid for the upcoming Concorde agreement re-negotiation.
But it would be immense to see an electric prancing horse on the Formula E grid, wouldn’t it? Let’s hope Fan Boost will be scrapped by then, because it would just turn into Tifosi boost!
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– Aditya Bhat.