Italian auto manufacturer Ferrari won't sell its 2014, 2015 or 2016 Formula one racing cars to private buyers. These cars have hybrid powertrains which are too costly to run.
Marc Gené, F1 test driver told Autocar at the preview event of Ferrari World Barcelona that these models have 1.6-litre engines coupled with electric motors. So, the running cost is very high.
He said, "They are just too difficult to maintain. Just to fly them over, the battery needs some extra safety requirements for the plane. To run, the current engines are very advanced but so expensive."
Comparatively, the 2013 Ferrari F1 cars which are currently on sale are simple to run. The 2013 F138 is powered by a naturally aspirated 2.4-litre V8 engine coupled with small electric motor units.
Gené added, "At the moment we are selling the 2013 car, but it could well be that those are the last Ferrari [F1] cars to be sold. That's why the Formula 1 price is going up because the market is what it is."
The Maranello-based manufacturer sells its F1 cars via Corse Clienti programme. By purchasing the car, Ferrari offers hospitality to the owners at racing circuits for track days. This also includes a team of mechanics to run their prototype machines.