Ferrari plans to abandon the V12September 12, 2019
In an interview with Ferrari Technical Director Michael Leiters, it became known that tightening emission standards and new sound standards makes life difficult for a 12-cylinder engine. However, according to him, the company has not yet abandoned the iconic power plant, although it is trying to equip its cars with two-cylinder V8s.
“We will fight for this engine. Ferrari must comply not only with the new Euro 6 standards, but also with the standards in the USA and China, which adds even more complexity. V12 will not disappear overnight. Ferrari has money and a knowledge base that allows not only to produce V12 engines that meet regulatory requirements, but also to produce engines with a blow, ”Leuters told the publication.
Recall that at the beginning of 2018, new standards appeared that govern the sound level. So, the rules apply not only to the noise level produced by the car, but also make the measurement recording process more stringent. This is the main problem for V12.
By the way, Ferrari is not alone in its fears of sound rules. In July, Mercedes-AMG announced similar experiences related to the rules. New laws have already affected models such as the AMG A45 S and CLA 45 S 2020. However, according to the automaker, it will improve auditory sensations thanks to special interior speakers. Sound rules are also one of the reasons why the AMG One hypercar has not yet appeared.
In the end, presumably, engines like the V12 will leave the market, but not prematurely. Automakers are gradually moving to electric cars. Tighter regulations prevent companies from justifying engines – even the future of the V12 Lamborghini was in doubt. Reliable new rules only complicate the development and production of V12 engines that meet customer expectations – top performance and superior performance.
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