• Mar 4th 2009 at 2:39PM
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One of the stated reasons that automakers send prototype race cars around tracks at high rates of speed is to further the development of new technology for their road-going automobiles. There's no higher form of automotive motorsport than Formula 1, so it stands to reason that fuel-saving advancements like the kinetic energy recovery hybrid systems that F1 is currently in the midst of implementing will someday make it to production cars. According to Ferrari president Luca Cordero di Montezemolo, the Italian automaker is already testing its KERS system in a prototype based on the 599 chassis.

There's some speculation that the Dale Earnhardt edition 599XX at the Geneva Motor Show may have some form of the KERS system installed, but that's not confirmed. With this technology, energy that would otherwise be lost to braking can be stored and reused the next time the vehicle accelerates, thereby boosting both performance and efficiency, and that's something we can all get behind.

[Source: Motor Authority]

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      • 6 Years Ago
      Is it just me or does this car look like a pimped out Corvette?
      • 6 Years Ago
      The 'Dale Earnhardt' comment almost made generic Wal-Mart Mountain Dew come out of my nose. Awesome.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Easily amused, eh? Must be the extra sugar in your off brand "Dew".

        AB: I expect better humor from you guys... I highly doubt Italian designers give two s#its about a departed NASCAR driver for a racing Ferrari concept...

        ... Especially since #3 will be on the F1 Ferrari of 2007 WDC Kimi Raikkonen!
      • 6 Years Ago
      Quick question for the folks on the ground at Geneva...I was looking through the pictures of the 599XX and the one for the post above has a little wing....

      What's up with the little wing on the C-Pillar? Why isn't it present in the other photo's?
      • 6 Years Ago
      Why would Ferrari do this? I would imagine that Ferrari buyers (and sadly, I'm not one of them) don't care about hybrid nonsense. Ferrari is doing this so the fuel economy can jump from 12 to what, 14? This won't come for free, either.

      This will be received about as well as the old Cadillac V8-6-4. Nobody wanted them then, and certainly not now. Who's gonna want a hybrid Ferrari in 20 years with worn out batteries and a maze of wiring?
        • 6 Years Ago
        Here is the genius of Ferrari. They are in the business of coming up with new technology and bringing things they learn in F1 into the car market. The original FXX was taking prototype technology from F1, and CHARGING people to use it. These were TEST cars. Most companies spend millions testing new technologies to see if it works. Ferrari GOT PAID to do this!! Genious.

        KERS is a F1 technology thus they want to bring it to road use. I dont see whats wrong with this. Cool you dont think its worth it but is Ferrari even offering you the possibility of purchasing this? you do have to be invited to purchase one of these prototypes.

        Also would like to mention your random numbers of 12 and 14 still represent a 15% decrease in fuel consumption which is a pretty big deal honestly. I know Ferrari drivers dont care about petrol price and etc.. etc.. But I personally feel Ferrari belongs here since they are the spear head of technology on road cars.

        Not that all road models are going to be hybrid as well. Heck, if I was rich I'd prefer one of the "hybrid" versions so I wouldnt have to pay toll on the bridges in San Francisco ;)
      • 6 Years Ago
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