The switch to a smaller turbocharged V8 will be part of Ferrari’s plan to reduce the new model’s carbon footprint, alongside measures to reduce bulk and mass.
Ferrari first signalled its greener intentions with the Millechili concept last year – a sort of shrunken Enzo with a hybrid powertrain and active aero among its many exciting innovations.
While the new F430 due next year or in 2010 won’t be anything like as advanced, a report by well-known German automotive scribe Georg Kacher for Car claims the model will mark Ferrari’s first real step towards a tree-hugging future. While the report does not claim to have an authoritative line on the new F430, it does suggest we could be getting semi-active aerodynamics, a system that taps brake energy for torque loss compensation during upshifts and something called a ‘ballistic’ valve train to maximise output at high revs.
The project is codenamed F142, and unlike today’s F430 will be a new design from the ground up. Apparently the launch will also mark the demise of a separate Spider model, as the car will only be available in coupe-convertible guise with lightweight powered hard-top.