Ferrari presents a vettura laboratorio – experimental vehicle – at the 80th edition of the Geneva Motor Show, and it is a hybrid, based on the 599 GTB Fiorano. We have always thought till supercar manufacturers tackle hybrid tech, it does not pass a milestone – and now it has. The car has come in a matte green color for now, as you can see from the photos here.
Ferrari calls the technology HY-KERS – yes, looks like the supercar manufacturer has managed to use some of its lessons from using KERS in Formula One last year.
Like in the Tesla Roadter electric car, the Ferrari 599 GTB Fiorano uses lithium ion batteries that weigh around 40 kg. We hear that the total system weighs 80 kg, but not so sur about that – according to some other sources, as the starter motor and regular batter is gone now, it shud be just 40. They power an electric motor that produces 100 bhp. This motor is coupled to the standard 599 GTB Fiorano’s V12 engine.
The HY-KERS system works, in principle, like the KERS in F1 – when the car brakes, regenerative braking produces power that is stored in the battery pack – and it is released when needed. When the car stops, the engine shuts down saving fuel.
The battery pack is situated below the floorboard in the 599 GTB Fiorano, lowering the center of gravity even further.
In city driving, the system can increase fuel efficiency by around 45 % – that means it goes up from 9 mpg t 14 mpg. That is not much to satisfy the environmental activists, but it is a beginning. But actual production of any hybrid cars from Ferrari is expected to start only in another three years, and by then things would probably have improved even further – especially if battery tech improves.
Weighing about 40 kg, the compact, tri-phase, high-voltage electric motor of the HY-KERS is coupled to the rear of the dual-clutch 7-speed F1 transmission.
Ferrari is also looking into entering the Indian markets soon.