January 15, 2008
Today I don’t want to talk about racing, although in the end – whenever you speak about Ferrari – one always is heavily connected to motorsport anyway. Today I want you to pay some attention to the F430 Spider Biofuel, which has been presented in a world premiere at the Detroit Car Show under the acronym “technological demonstration prototype”, which is the official denomination of the prototype we’re talking about. And it really is a technological demonstration, as far as this F430 uses fuel with the denomination E85, which means that the engine uses an 85 percent ethanol mix, which has been absolutely unthinkable of a Ferrari just a couple of years ago. The most incredible thing though is, that the modifications made to the engine CPU have resulted in a significant increase in maximum power output (+ 10 bhp) and torque (+ 4 per cent) and a 5 per cent drop in CO2 emissions. And do you know how all this is possible? Apart from the extraordinary abilities of our engineers it is the track (including Formula 1) that has been proved again to be an excellent testing ground for innovative solutions.
In fact maybe not everybody knows that the Formula 1’s technical regulations for 2008 demand that only petrol with 5.75 per cent biomass-derived content may be used, while the FIA GT and the American Le Mans Series (ALMS), both of which were dominated by the F430 GT2 in 2007, use fuels with 10 per cent ethanol. This is a further demonstration that races are useful and how efficient the transfer of track technology to road cars at Maranello can be, although we can sometimes be told the contrary…as I will demonstrate to you also over the upcoming months, when I will talk again about this issue.