Image Source duPont Registry
The Internal Combustion Engine Ban
Ferrari & Lamborghini want to be exempt from the new laws coming into play. Come 2035, the EU wants to complete ban the production of internal combustion engine cars. This drastic measure had been decided to try and combat climate change. Almost all car manufacturers have unanimously agreed to produce E.V.s at this point. Those that do not have one in production yet are starting to work on one, for some examples you can have a look at the follow.
Those are some of the previous articles here covering some of the EV movement and the waves it’s making in the industry.
Ferrari & Lamborghini Want Exemption
Italy is in deep discussions with the EU. They are requesting exemption for the two super car manufacturers. The stance being taken by Rome is as follows. They are arguing that the rules should not be applied at all or at the very least not in the same manner to the supercar manufacturers since they are considered “niche”. Because these companies make very few cars, Rome argues that the impact is negligible. The price point being an obvious barrier to entry, and the limited supply supports these claims. For example Ferrari only sells 8,400 cars per year on average. Lamborghini is behind them with their sales figures for last year being under 8,000.
Image Source duPont Registry
Both Ferrari and Lamborghini are current icons in the car world. Are they afraid of losing their prestige when the switch to EV happens? We find this unlikely since both manufacturers are in talks about producing EVs in the future. Other things to consider is that the rest of the world may not follow suit with the EU, so other continents will still have a relatively large demand for super cars. It’s understandable that Italy does not want to miss out on this project. Finally, some people are arguing that the often handcrafted engines that these cars get is a work of art and an engineering marvel, and we’d be mistaken to remove the technology from our lives entirely.
What are your thoughts? Is it big companies bending the rules for money? Or should we continue to allow the production of these engines as a reminder of the human capability to invent great things & adapt them where needed. We think it would be a shame to remove the marvel of these super engines entirely. But an entire exemption is too strong. The result of this will be any manufacturer with deep enough pockets obtaining the exemption. Certain guidelines and rules should determine whether or not a car can be exempt from a ban, not an entire brand. A handcrafted engine would be a good place to start.
These cars are more than just their engine though, their aerodynamics and styling is a big part of their personality. Because of this, forcing them to play ball and keep up with modern demands for electric motors should be the norm. We are simply in favour of not letting the technology of their impressive super engines get forgotten by future generations and engineers. The engine itself remains an impressive piece of technology even if its outstayed its welcome and can no longer sustainably serve our demands.
With all this in mind its hard to decisively decide what the best course of action is. Walking a balanced line between allowing technology to exist and be learned from without letting large, rich super corporations live above the rules that everybody else has to adhere too.