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by Tim Beissmann

Ferrari is reportedly working on a supercharged engine with an electric turbocharger in an attempt to eliminate turbo lag from its future sports cars.

4WheelsNews quotes a source in Italy that claims the new engine technology will deliver more immediate power delivery than the brand’s new twin-turbocharged V8, as well as offer more power and greater fuel efficiency.

Ferrari revealed its first turbocharged production model in more than 20 years in February, the California T, which produces 412kW at 7500rpm and 755Nm at 4750rpm from its 3.9-litre direct-injection twin-turbo V8.

Audi has already demonstrated the merits of electric turbo technology, and is set to be first to market with the innovative powertrain system. Confirmed for production, the drivetrain from the Audi RS5 TDI concept features a twin-turbocharged 3.0-litre V6 diesel engine and an electronically driven compressor that mimics a turbo for peak outputs of 283kW at 4200rpm and 750Nm between 1250-2000rpm.

Mercedes-AMG head of powertrain development Jochen Martin Schmid recently said his company is also considering electric turbocharging technology.

The source says the technology will only feature in smaller Ferrari engines, with the Prancing Horse’s flagship V12 engines to remain naturally aspirated for the foreseeable future.




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