Drawings of Ferrari’s four-wheel-drive hybrid future have emerged, showing details of how the Maranello based firm intend to produce greener powertrains in the future.
The Ferrari drawings, believed to be part of a patent application, show an independent electric motor in all of the proposed layouts that powers one axle while a conventional engine operates the other set of wheels.
Each of the drawings shows a different proposal, some with regular axles and differentials and others with small, in-wheel electric motors. The ‘part time’ system outlined in the patent application will help improve the road manners of future Ferraris as drivers will be able to disengage the four-wheel drive system.
That means future hybrid models will have the option of rear-wheel-drive or all-wheel-drive. An intelligent new electronics system may also dictate when power is delivered through four or two wheels, improving the car’s stability in poor road conditions.
The addition of a hybrid system should also improve the overall economy of Ferraris as the electrical power can be used to drive the car up to a speed where the engine is more efficient and less polluting.