Even Ferrari Is Bitten By the Biofuel Bug

With the ink still wet on a congressional mandate to boost fuel economy to 35 mpg by 2020, every auto maker at this year's Detroit auto show is talking about fuel consumption even Ferrari SpA. The Italian icon for exotic sports cars unveils a concept F430 Spider Biofuel designed to run on E85, an alternative fuel made up of 85% ethanol and 15% gasoline. A growing number of E85 flex-fuel vehicles now

Tom Murphy, Managing Editor

February 1, 2008

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With the ink still wet on a congressional mandate to boost fuel economy to 35 mpg by 2020, every auto maker at this year's Detroit auto show is talking about fuel consumption — even Ferrari SpA.

The Italian icon for exotic sports cars unveils a concept F430 Spider Biofuel designed to run on E85, an alternative fuel made up of 85% ethanol and 15% gasoline.

A growing number of E85 flex-fuel vehicles now are now available in the U.S., particularly fullsize pickups and SUVs.

But the F430 Spider Biofuel is purely a concept, and there are no immediate plans for production, says Amedeo Felisa, Ferrari general manager.

“We show it in Detroit because there is a natural interest in biofuels,” Felisa tells Ward's. “If the reaction is positive, then we will be ready with the next model to install the solution.”

About the Author(s)

Tom Murphy

Managing Editor, Informa/WardsAuto

Tom Murphy test drives cars throughout the year and focuses on powertrain and interior technology. He leads selection of the Wards 10 Best Engines, Wards 10 Best Interiors and Wards 10 Best UX competitions. Tom grills year-round, never leaves home without a guitar pick and aspires to own a Jaguar E-Type someday.

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