You can have a Ferrari hybrid and not have to worry about compromising its engine layout. Its V12s are expected to meet its CO2 targets without having to compromise on engine layout. During the launch of the Ferrari F12 Berlinetta in early March, it cited the future use of V12 engines in its range by describing the car as “the first in a new generation of V12s”.
He said that environmental pressures had forced Ferrari to evaluate other engine layouts. However, development of the F1-derived KERS system has gotten the opportunity to keep V12s in its line-up. Ferrari boss Amedeo Felisa told Autocar hybrid’s that the hybrid system will create power and have additional saving energy. It’s possible that this technology will be on all Ferraris.
It has been designed to fit all our future architecture, and if we go ahead it will be fitted as standard. It is not the sort of thing you offer as an option.”The firm first experimented with hybrids in the 2010 HY-KERS concept, an otherwise stock Ferrari 599 GTB with a KERS system.
It featured a low-capacity electric motor at the front to drive ancillaries when running on electric power alone, and a rear-mounted one rated at 100bhp and 110lb ft. The battery cells were distributed over the floorpan. The next Enzo, a production version of this system, will be adopted soon. This will be powered by a mid-mounted V12 engine.