Ferrari Seriously Hints At Road-Going Hybrids
If anything at all, times are changing and green racing is more than ever becoming a reality. Racing has always tried to become as efficient as possible since day one. After all, anyone can slap on a big engine, gorge it with copious amount of gasoline to make it go fast and far. However, the weight penalty eventually outweighs the short lived gains. Smaller is better, which leads to more efficiency, something Colin Chapmen proved with his Lotus cars.
The hints are here and if anything to follow, then Ferrari CEO Amedeo Felisa appears to suggest that hybrid technology is in its near future. Back in 2009, Ferrari dropped 6 hybrid patents, something that sent the press into a frenzy. Energetically rebutted, it seems Ferrari is finally admitting hybrid technology is ready for high performance commercial rollout.
Technically Speaking. It’s hard to imagine but a future in which high-performance Ferraris will sport six cylinder hybrids may happen sooner than later. According to Amedeo Felisa: "We will roll out new technology that is there first and foremost to introduce a green factor to our cars and ensure that we can keep our product where it is in terms of CO2,".
A Ferrari 599 GTB with a 2010 HY-KERS concept featured a low-capacity electric motor on the front when using electric power alone, with the rear one rated at 100bhp and 110lb ft. The battery pack cells have been intelligently spread over the floorpan in order to lower the center of gravity and enhance balance. Tentatively, a production version of it could be found on the next Enzo with a mid-mounted V12. Although the company is also toying with Ferrari six-cylinder engines, it would be hard to fathom them on Enzo types of cars. Such engines would more likely find their ways within the F1 world.
Europe Emission Stringent Rules. The reason why is clear. While Ferrari drivers usually enjoy deep pockets, Ferrari sales would do better, at least not in terms of pure sales but for its hallow effect if the cars were ever-so greener. Not only would this help further the technological advances of green technology for performance, it would also give Ferrari much bragging rights. After all, Porsche is finally talking about making the stunning 918 Hybrid and with numbers as theirs, Ferrari needs to step in visibly into the hybrid high-performance world.
Racing Greener. Ferrari has hinted in the past as to a hybrid-based successor for the Enzo rumored to be an 800 hp V12 sporting a 120 hp KERS based system. This is a direct result of Ferrari’s racing experience that translates to its road-going cars, namely that of the Formula 1 derived KERS system in its 599 HY-KERS prototype shown at the Geneva Motor Show back in 2010.