HomeNewsFerrari files patent for convention-defying, twin-turbocharged, in-line six-cylinder hydrogen engine

Ferrari files patent for convention-defying, twin-turbocharged, in-line six-cylinder hydrogen engine

Ferrari challenges the norms with a patent for a groundbreaking hydrogen engine, marking a daring shift from its iconic V12 heritage to embrace the future of sustainable mobility.

Ferrari has filed a patent for a revolutionary hydrogen engine that defies convention: a twin-turbocharged, in-line six-cylinder engine positioned in a unique way. This development marks a bold departure from the brand’s tradition, known for its naturally aspirated V12 engines.

According to patent documents discovered by AutoGuide, this innovation might seem sacrilegious to Ferrari purists, but the details reveal complex and cutting-edge engineering.

A Bold Innovation: Ferrari’s Hydrogen Engine

The engine, according to the schematics, moves away from Ferrari’s traditional 6, 8, or 12-cylinder configurations in favor of a straight-six. This engine is powered by a series of assistance systems, including a compressor coupled to two intercoolers, as well as turbochargers.

These turbochargers, equipped with electric motors on their turbines, do not seem to directly drive the engine but rather power an electric generator. Although the documents remain vague, this could indicate a 48-volt hybrid system.

Among typical Ferrari features, the vehicle would be powered by the rear wheels only, with the transmission located behind the engine and between the rear wheels.

However, some aspects of the patents are confusing, including a diagram showing the internal combustion engine positioned vertically, with the driveshaft positioned higher than the cylinders, suggesting a literally upside-down engine.

Additionally, one specific diagram shows two banks of cylinders, calling into question other diagrams showing inline six-cylinder engines, all of which appear to indicate that the engine is head-mounted.

Environmental Issues and Feasibility Questions

This approach could be seen as an attempt by Ferrari to cover its tracks. Is Modena actually working on a hydrogen-powered, bi-turbo, inline-six hybrid car with an upside-down engine? Probably not.

It is more plausible that these patent filings are intended to secure various technologies for Ferrari, allowing it to access these patents when needed, particularly in the face of increasingly stringent emissions regulations.

Despite its disruptive potential, Ferrari, a brand deeply committed to its “heritage” and image, is unlikely to take such a radical approach. This development raises questions about the future of automotive engineering and the role of alternative energies, such as hydrogen, in the quest for sustainable mobility solutions.

Alan, editor-in-chief, born in 1964 in a picturesque small town in the south, has always been fascinated by the roar of engines and the shine of car bodies. From a young age, he spent hours flipping through his father's car magazines, dreaming of the cars he would one day drive. After obtaining his high school diploma, Alan decided to pursue his passion for automobiles by studying journalism, with the hope of combining his two loves: writing and cars.


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