The scream of a Formula One V-6 is about as quintessential as Ferrari [NYSE:RACE] noises go these days, but that may all change in the future if the Italian sports car builder moves into the growing Formula E field.
Ferrari CEO Sergio Marchionne told reporters from Motorsport that the FIA's Formula E series, which as its name implies is for electric racing cars, is "possible" in the future.
Marchionne said that there are some hurdles for the Prancing Horse brand's full entry into Formula E, however. For one, he says that car swaps mid-race due to a vehicle's limited range is not something Ferrari would consider.
"If Formula E today, [as] is currently structured, requires people to change cars during a race because we exhaust the power available within a given car, that is not something that Ferrari would naturally gravitate to," he said.
And Marchionne said that the kind of complete vehicle powertrain standardization that would be natural under Formula E guidelines isn't something that would interest Ferrari, which is at least as well known for building engines as it is for creating racing and street cars.
Ferrari is moving toward hybrid gasoline-electric powertrains in the future, which will help the brand hone its electrification skills.