Some stories are too good to be true, and most likely this is one of those. An unnamed Ferrari dealer apparently offers a conversion that will allow the Ferrari FF to run on E85, resulting in a staggering 875bhp. The price tag for the whole package is just €1,500, which is a real bargain for the extra 225 horsepower.
E85 is an abbreviation for an ethanol fuel blend of up to 85% denatured ethanol fuel and 15% petrol. Engines fuelled by E85 tend to produce more power per unit of displacement than their gasoline counterparts.
A great example is the Koenigsegg CCXR which is specially modified to run on biofuel, as well on normal petrol. When running on petrol, the 4.7 liter twin-supercharged Koenigsegg engine delivers 806bhp. But when when the car is fuelled by E85 Biofuel, the output rises to a stunning 1,018bhp.
The standard Ferrari FF is powered by a V12 producing 650bhp which is enough for a top speed of 335km/h and a sprint from zero to 100km/h in 3.7 seconds. But when running on E85, the Ferrari packs 875bhp. Apparently this should enable the four seat sports car to shoot itself from standstill to 100km/h within three seconds.
Just as impressive – or unbelievable – is the claimed cut of emissions by 80%. By comparison, the standard FF emits 360g/km, which means on E85 it will be emitting less than a Toyota Prius…
We are skeptical. If something sounds too good to be true, it probably is.