A hybrid Ferrari is a dream that will become reality

Article by Christian A., on March 26, 2012

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.

It was back in 1947 when Ferrari first revealed to the world a sports cars equipped with a 12-cylinder engine. For enthusiasts, and even the brand, it was a milestone considering that the model, the 125 S, was a 12-cylinder model. There are even those who believe that this engine is one that shows excellence. Regardless, that was simply the beginning considering that since then, every time the brand came out with such a vehicle, it marked a significant event.

Significant in the sense that each time the brand unveiled such a sports car, it started a new era. Due to the technological prowess and the resulting performance, the many 12-cylinder models that the brand has released have become an integral part of automotive history. Take for example when Ferrari launched the 375 America back in 1953, the engine inside it was the same one as that of the single-seat F1 of that time.

By 1960, the 250 GTO was released which displayed a good mix of performance and style. When taking about models released, the 365 GTB4 would always be part of the conversation. Known also as the Daytona, this model was released in 1963 and because of the excellent balanced architecture it implemented, it managed to offer driving emotions that were highly unique.

Because of what Ferrari did, all of the engines and the models that have been released under this program are highly sought-after by many collectors worldwide. The same is true even today with the release of the F12berlinetta. This is not only the newest 12-cylinder mid-front model to come from Ferrari but also the first in a new generation of models.

With the F12berlinetta, Ferrari hopes to bring in a new generation of 12-cylinder sports cars that is able to offer unparalleled performance due to excellent aerodynamics, a new engine, outstanding handling, and innovative design. In addition, this new model is the brand’s most high performance unit yet as it displays remarkable performance in addition to setting new standards in efficiency.

When compared to the prior generation for instance, fuel consumption and CO2 emissions have been reduced by 30%. This was achieved because the engineering team and the technical team at Ferrari managed to come up with a front-engined vehicle that while offering the performance the brand is known for, continues to have the same involvement and driving enjoyment even at low speeds.

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