MARANELLO -- Italy's red racing giant Ferrari wants to go green, cutting emissions without sacrificing horsepower and working on a new hybrid model set to thrill pro-environment speed junkies.
"We're working on reducing energy consumption without forgetting that the symbol of Ferrari is performance," Matteo Lanzavecchia, head of development, said at the luxury car-maker's historic factory in Maranello, a small town in the Emilia Romagna region.
"We've also managed to up horsepower to 100 while still reducing CO2 emissions by 30%," he said.
The sleek "California 30", one of the brand's most sought-after models with a price tag of 180,000 euros (US$239,000), has been vamped up with the new technology -- extra horsepower but weighing 30 kilograms (66 pounds) less than the previous version.
"We're going all out, not just using the lightest materials but making adjustments across the board. We have improved the brake system to reduce friction and the fan to reduce energy consumption," Lanzavecchia said.
And the green drive does not stop there: among the towering steel machines on the Maranello factory floor trees have been planted to control the air's humidity levels.
The most recent buildings have also been built with vast glass bays to allow more light in and slash electricity consumption.
The hybrid car -- set to hit salesrooms in the next few months -- aims to lure customers not only with its green credentials but also the promise of an off-piste taste of a Formula One experience.
It will have the Kinetic energy recovery system (KERS) used in the famous racer -- which recovers energy during braking and stores it for future use -- "to reduce consumption but also capture the thrill of driving a Ferrari," Lanzavecchia said.