Ferrari shows an updated HY-KERS Concept at Auto China 2012

Article by Christian A., on April 23, 2012

At the Auto China 2012 in Beijing, Ferrari unveiled the HY-KERS project adapted to a mid-rear engine layout. The powertrain features a 12-cylinder engine and dual-clutch gearbox coupled to an electric motor. Moreover, a second electric motor is dedicated to the auxiliary systems and is located in front of the V12.

These two electric motors are connected to the batteries, which are positioned in the car in line with the available space and final configuration. The KERS features smaller and lighter electronic components as Ferrari aims to achieve the target of 1 KW per kg of extra weight added by the hybrid system. The HY-KERS' electric motor delivers power using one of the gearbox's two clutches and is mated to one of the two main shafts.

As a result, the powertrain delivers continuous power between the electric motor and petrol engine. During braking, the electric motor can act as a generator and the kinetic energy from the negative torque is used to recharge the batteries. According to Ferrari, the system reached the end of the experimental phase and the development phase will commence in the coming months. Although it is just a rumor, we might see this powertrain on the Ferrari Enzo successor.

The Ferrari F12berlinetta marshals in Ferrari’s latest generation of 12-cylinders as a car delivering unparalleled performance from an extraordinary new engine, unmatched handling, and ground-breaking style and aerodynamics.

Since 1947, magic happens each time Ferrari introduces a new 12-cylinder sports car since 1947. This could be because Ferrari’s very first car, the 125 S, was a 12-cylinder or because traditionalists believe a 12-cylinder is the hallmark of excellence. Whatever the reason, every debut of a Prancing Horse car starts a new era. Maranello has seen many 12-cylinders built that are recorded in automotive history from their technological dexterity and performance.

The 1953 375 America’s engines came directly from the F1 single-seaters of the day, while the 1960s 250 GTO perfectly melded design and drive. The 1969 365 GTB4 cannot be left out. Known simply as the Daytona, its superbly balanced construction delivered a singularly emotional drive. Today, collectors worldwide eagerly seek these engines and cars as each characterised a major generational advance when they debuted.

Today, this philosophy is expected to continue with the F12berlinetta. It won’t just be the latest mid-front 12-cylinder; it will be the first of its kind. This best-performing Ferrari to date still fluently combines thrilling performance with standard effectiveness and offers 30% lower fuel consumption and emissions than the prior generation. Our engineers and technicians met the challenge to design a front-engined car with scorching performance that would still be a pleasure to drive at slower speeds.

This was difficult because they would have to improve on the 599 GTB Fiorano, considered Ferrari’s most beautiful car. But, their resolve and determination produced a vehicle with an incomparable new 740 hp mid-front V12 engine delivering 690 Nm torque.

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