Maranello engine developer, Jean-Jaques, has revealed that Ferrari engineers are focused on a turbocharged motor program in an effort to help the Italian automaker curb emissions levels, but are facing some pesky hurdles, namely the dreaded turbo lag.
He also mentioned that Fiat’s Multiair variable valve timing system won’t be used on Ferrari’s machines in the short term, as it also requires more fine tuning of high rpm torque delivery. Luckily, the brand’s efficient dual-clutch gearboxes will likely find their ways into future V-12 powered models since they can operate up to 10,000 rpm, the engineer said. As it stands, the gearbox is used in only V-8 cars.
The last time the world saw a turbocharged Ferrari was Enzo Ferrari’s last creation, the legendary F40 super car. Its 2.9L turbo V-8 produced 478 hp with 16 psi of boost and sent it to 100 kmh in the mid-three second range.