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

Article by Christian A., 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.

After plenty of anticipation, Ferrari, a very influential brand worldwide, has unveiled its limited production (of which, only 499 units will be built) hybrid sports car named LaFerrrari for the first time at the 2013 Geneva International Motor Show. That’s right: It’s a hybrid, enabling it to accelerate like a Bugatti Chiron, while consuming less fuel.

Engineered and styled like a ground-bound jetfighter, the hybrid technology used, known as HY-KERS, represents the perfect marriage of maximum performance and reduced emissions. As a matter of fact, Ferrrari claims it only emits 330 g/km of carbon dioxide.

In addition to low emission produced, the HY-KERS system combined a 12-cylinder engine with an electric motor; with the electric motor acting as a generator during braking, using the produced kinetic energy to enable the vehicle to run solely on electric power for a few kilometers. During the development testing, interestingly enough, a full-electric version of LaFerrari emitted just 220 g/km of carbon dioxide on a combined cycle.

Dynamic controls with active aerodynamics were also reinforced in the LaFerrari in addition to the HY-KERS system, a configuration integrated for the first time ever on a Ferrari road car. The cockpit stands out for its luxury and sportiness inspired by F1-single seaters.

For the company, the development of a limited-series special like the LaFerrari embodies the opportunity to conduct a research and experiment on all the new cutting-edge technology they had developed; with the goal of finding the most ergonomic of them all. With this propriety logic in mind, LaFerrari sure is a car that pushes the limits when it comes to performance, aerodynamic efficiency, and handling without compromising anything.

Topics: ferrari, hybrid

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