Potential Future Ferrari Could Include Side Exhausts

Ferrari is known for pushing boundaries and constantly innovating in the automotive world, and their latest patent application for a side exhaust system is no exception. Published by the United States Patent and Trademark Office on March 28, this application reveals Ferrari’s plans for an asymmetrical design that would see the exhaust exiting out of one side of the bodywork between the rear edge of the door and the forward edge of the rear fender. This design is intended for use on cars with the engine positioned behind the driver, indicating a mid-engine configuration for Ferrari’s future road cars.

The primary goal of this side exhaust system is to enhance exhaust sounds, a task that has become increasingly challenging due to the constraints imposed by turbochargers and gasoline particulate filters required on new cars sold in the European Union. These components have the unintended effect of lowering the sound level of the exhaust, diminishing the overall driving experience. By moving the exhaust outlet closer to the passenger compartment, Ferrari aims to counteract some of the muffling caused by turbos, filters, and catalytic converters.

Interestingly, Ferrari references two classic race cars from rival automakers—the Aston Martin DB3S and Porsche 962 C—as examples of the potential effectiveness of their proposed asymmetrical side-exhaust design. While side exhaust has been utilized on production cars like the Dodge Viper, it has not traditionally been associated with Ferrari. The Italian automaker has dabbled in similar designs in the past, such as the 250 Testa Rossa with side-mounted exhaust pipes, but has yet to incorporate a side exhaust system in any of its volume production models.

Furthermore, Ferrari’s patent application suggests that the side exhaust system could also be compatible with a hydrogen-powered internal-combustion engine. This aligns with Ferrari’s recent interest in alternative fuel sources as evidenced by another patent filing for a hydrogen-powered engine. The company views hydrogen as a potential way to reduce emissions while still utilizing combustion engines, although the feasibility of this technology remains uncertain.

Overall, Ferrari’s exploration of a side exhaust system highlights their commitment to innovation and performance, paving the way for potentially exciting changes in the sound and design of their future road cars. With a rich racing heritage and a relentless pursuit of excellence, Ferrari continues to push the boundaries of automotive engineering, setting new standards for the industry.

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