Ferrari’s first-ever gasoline-electric hybrid system to enter market in 2013

Article by Christian Andrei, on April 26, 2012

Next year, Ferrari will be offering its first gasoline-electric hybrid system, which will be used on an as-yet-unnamed vehicle that will replace the limited-edition Enzo. Automotive News Europe cited Ferrari CEO Amedeo Felisa as disclosing that the company is entering the market with its Formula One-derived hybrid system, which will boost performance and reduce fuel consumption. 

Ferrari related that in the test, the so-called "HY-KERS" hybrid has cut fuel consumption by around 40%. In addition, the test also revealed that the system slashed the time it requires to accelerate to 200 kph from a standstill by around 3 seconds versus those Ferrari models without the system. Felisa stated that the HY-KERS system weighs around 120 kg.

The Fiat unit will balance some of the weight that a vehicle with the system will gain by reducing kilograms from the vehicle's powertrain and chassis. Felisa also revealed that the chassis of the new vehicle will have the same carbon fiber grade used in Ferrari's F1 automobiles.

This carbon fiber is more durable and lighter compared to the grade already utilized in the body and chassis of F50 and Enzo units, the CEO explained. Samsung Electronics from South Korea will supply lithium ion cells to Ferrari, which will assemble them in its own battery packs at its Fiorano F1 racing headquarters in northern Italy.

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