The new Ferrari F70 V12 KERS hybrid engine

Ferrari details the new V12 hybrid drivetrain for the Enzo replacement

The opening of the 2012 Beijing Motor Show brought the Chinese market the formal introduction of the new F12 Berlinetta but more importantly for the rest of the world – Ferrari published a three and a half minute video offering some information on the upcoming Ferrari slated to stand as the top of the line supercar, currently known as the F70.

While it is only speculated that the new flagship supercar from Ferrari will be called the F70, the Italian sports car is expected to be powered by a V12 engine mated to an advanced version of the company’s Kinetic Energy Recovery System (KERS); with the total output running as high as 920 horsepower. Reports surfaced in February that the F70 would likely be powered by a naturally aspirated 7.3 liter V12 that churns out 800 horsepower while a new version of the KERS hybrid system tacks on an additional 120 horsepower for an output of 920 horsepower.

The video introduced today by Ferrari in unison with the opening day of the 2012 Beijing Motor Show offers a look at the KERS hybrid system that was introduced in 2010 compared to the new KERS version expected to arrive in the Ferrari F70. The main difference between the two systems is that this new version features a midship engine placement where the original concepts packing KERS help were front engine, rear wheel drive cars. The new KERS system displayed in the video below features a V12 mated to a 7-speed dual clutch transaxle that drives the rear wheels while the KERS assist motor is mounted to the back of the transaxle.


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