So, were you more surprised to find out that Ferrari had the most gorgeous models on its show stand at the 2008 Detroit auto show--or that the Italian supercar maker is making an effort to green up its cars?
The F430 bio-fuel powered prototype is on the stand at Detroit in recognition of the growing interest in the U.S. for alternate fuels. The V-8 is designed to run on E85 or gasoline. The concept has a modified fuel system and engine control computer in order to handle the corrosive and energy density properties of the higher mix of ethanol (all current production Ferraris or any other car sold in the U.S. can run on 10 percent ethanol since it's used as an fuel additive).
Peak horsepower is up 10 at the same rpm, and torque is slightly better, so the Maranello driving experience is unchanged. Ferrari estimates a 5-percent reduction on carbon dioxide emissions. Ferrari claims that its Formula 1 racing program helped since gasoline is blended with 5.75-percent biomass fuel for the series.
Last June during Ferrari’s 60th anniversary celebration, the company announced a number of projects to lower fuel consumption and emissions levels. The goal is a 40-percent reduction in emissions by 2012. – Ken Zino