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Ferrari Open To Enter Formula E — Provided Certain Demands Are Met

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Italian supercar maker and motorsports icon Ferrari is considering an entry in the increasingly popular all-electric Formula E racing series.

However, before the Tifosi start flocking to the green races, Ferrari CEO Sergio Marchionne, has detailed a few changes that he wants to see in the series before the Prancing Horse from Maranello makes an appearance in the electric racing series.

According to AutoSport, Ferrari would consider joining the electric racing series a few years down the line, a decision he claimed that he had agonised over for a while with his colleagues in Ferrari.

The Ferrari boss was speaking in a teleconference after Ferrari revealed its Q3 earnings on the New York Stock Exchange, where the company is publicly listed.

However, the Italian outlined two major problems that Ferrari have with current Formula E regulations that could deter them from entering the series.

The first issue that Ferrari have an issue with is the current car-swapping that occurs in the middle of each race. However, that is set to change in the 2018/19 series when a new high density battery fromFerrari's rival McLaren will be slotted in the cars.

The other issue that the Italian firm isn't comfortable with is the standardised chassis used by the racing series.

Marchionne claimed that standardization was something that "runs against the grain of Ferrari because otherwise it will prevent [Ferrari] from playing whatever it is that it does technically on a vehicle."

However, that is looks unlikely to change with Formula E boss Alejandro Agag (pictured above) earlier this year told AutoSport that he did not envisage the series ever becoming multi-make on the chassis side.

However, Ferrari doesn't quite have fixed timeline on when we should expect a prancing horse badged electric car to line up on the grid but with all of its upcoming models set to be hybrids, that moment could soon be upon us.

Story first published: Monday, November 14, 2016, 15:22 [IST]
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