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Ferrari Plans Turbocharging

Ferrari is considering using turbocharging in future engines, but it needs to improve the forced induction technology before it will make its cars available with the set-up.

Ferrari engine developer Jean-Jacques His said the biggest problem the firm faced was lag.

“Turbocharging will come eventually, but we need to solve the issue of turbo lag,” he told Autocar.

He went on to explain that a delay of any sort before the power arrived was unacceptable for a Ferrari engine.

It’s unlikely that Ferrari will be using Multiair, the Fiat Group’s variable valve technology, any time soon, though.

His said Ferrari had tried applying the system to an F430’s V8 but couldn’t get it to work at the power outputs required.

“The main benefit from Multiair comes in torque,” he said, “and it is difficult to get it to work at high revs.”

His also said Ferrari’s dual-clutch transmission, currently only available in V8-engined Ferraris, was suitable for V12 cars and would work up to 10,000rpm.

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Ferrari engine developer Jean-Jacques His said the biggest problem the firm faced was lag.

“Turbocharging will come eventually, but we need to solve the issue of turbo lag,” he told Autocar.

He went on to explain that a delay of any sort before the power arrived was unacceptable for a Ferrari engine.
Interesting article.

Unlike some purists, I'm in principle not opposed to turbo and super-charging, provided it's done properly as Ferrari clearly aspires (no pun intended). It's an elegant way of getting the most from a relatively modest block and dito fuel consumption.

It raises a couple of questions though (mind you, admittedly I'm uneducated on the subject):

- did they crack this nut on the F40, or does it have a big turbo lag? I seem to remember something of the sort

- (why) can't they use two or more 'sequential' turbochargers, i.e. smallish turbo's that kick in at adjacent rev ranges? It appears to greatly reduce turbo lag a.o. in BMWs

Anyone got any ideas on this? Or - in the case of the F40 - hands on experience?
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