• May 22, 2009
Ferrari all-wheel-drive hybrid patent images - Click above for an image gallery

We've known for quite some time that Ferrari was working on a hybrid sportscar, so it's not too surprising to see these patents for a new all-wheel-drive vehicle with hybrid propulsion filed by Ferrari back in February. The Italian automaker's documents suggest that this particular design is intended to "improve the drivability of a sports car in conditions of poor grip," not necessarily to improve the vehicle's overall environmental friendliness.

Ferrari outlines four possible ways it could introduce its hybrid technology and illustrates the design with six individual diagrams, which you can see below. In each of these possible designs, one set of wheels would be powered by the car's internal combustion engine through a locking differential, while the other set of wheels would be motivated by either a single electric motor or by two smaller in-wheel electric motors.

Ferrari believes a system such as this could provide the advantages of all-wheel drive while keeping the weight low and allowing the driver to choose standard rear-wheel drive when desirable. Of course, depending on the on-board batteries and electronics used in such a system, the car could potentially be powered solely on electricity under certain circumstances, reducing fuel consumption and lowering overall emissions. Click here to see the actual patent filing and check out the images in our gallery below.



[Source: European Patent Office via Autocar]


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      • 5 Years Ago
      lol that one almost looks like a drawing rite out of a kindergarden
      • 5 Years Ago
      Hybrid Ferrari = WTF
      AWD Ferrari = WTF
        • 5 Years Ago
        Hybrid Ferrari no, All-wheel-drive maybe but as described in my plea. If such an event like a hybrid Ferrari were to occur then that will be the day that I,you, and all purist alike will have to turn to then, the last real sports car companies like TVR and Panoz.
        • 5 Years Ago
        I agree, WTF. It goes against everything Ferrari is supposed to mean. If they do this I might have to stop dreaming about owning one.
      • 5 Years Ago
      This is a sad day
        • 5 Years Ago
        Don't be worried by such an event. Read my comment. I take it that you are also a purist?
      • 5 Years Ago
      I really am surprised that Ferrari and Lambo and Maseratti just let Tesla come in and become the face of sporty hybrids.
        • 5 Years Ago
        but tesla *isn't* a hybrid.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Even the Italian Prancing Horse is developing hybrid technology. It was only a matter of time. All-wheel drive will be interesting.
        • 5 Years Ago
        i really do not understand why all hybrids are not like this

        you need the motor/generator on the front axel to recapture braking energy, it always seemed unnecessarily complicated and redundant to have the electric and ICE powering the same axel at the same time

        this is the best way to get back that kinetic energy while doing as little damage as possible to rwd dynamics
        • 5 Years Ago
        Nailed it, naggs.

        Yet when it comes to the "terrible idea" of a hybrid sports car,... Well lets just say that the full power and immediate responses of electric motor really push the limit of sporting automobile up a notch.

        And if that's what Ferrari is intending to develop, count me in.

        Cheers
      • 5 Years Ago
      Well, Ferrari is owned by Fiat. Maybe they're doing the R&D on the parent company's behalf.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Well, Ferrari does run the KERS hybrid system in F1 this year.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I'm not an engineer but I tend to know a thing or two about cars. From what I saw, I think it goes like this.

      Figure one: This looks like a mid-engine layout with split 50/50 all-wheel-drive but I think it lacks the kinetic energy recovery system, I could be wrong.

      Figure two: This two is a mid- engine layout but it's not all-wheel-drive. This sample is the traditional ferrari layout with a kinetic energy recovery system.

      Figure three: This one is like figure one with the exception that it doesn't look like a 50/50 all-wheel drive, I think that the system employed here is much like the Nissan GT-R ATTESA E-TS which allows you to choose power distribution. It also seems to lack the KERS.

      Figure four: This looks like a front-mid-engine with rear-wheel-drive and it's accompanied by the KERS.

      Figure five: It looks like figure four but it has it's mechanism rearranged.

      Figure six: Like figure two, it's your traditional Ferrari with front-mid engine and rear-wheel drive.

      My conclusion is that if Ferrari is looking to make an all-wheel-drive it will most likely go with figure three. The reason for this is Ferrari purist such as myself and honestly I, like other purist will be able to swallow such a blasphemous drive layout by allowing me to choose how power is distributed. If any Ferrari technician is reading this please send my advice to the big head such as Montezemolo, Ferrari, Felisa, or Coppa. Please listen to my warning or maybe you sould just make an SAV or maybe a four door sedan like the German or the british. I like both brands but lost me as a fan.

        • 5 Years Ago
        No, no sedan or SAV, that's sacrilege. I can swallow the KERS pill somehow, but when SF makes a sedan or SAV they will break my heart.
        • 5 Years Ago
        I guess you could say I am, yea. Man I had this whole nicely written comment the other night and it didn't post because I didn't censor myself when saying bullsh*t :( stupid comment system. It would've helped if I bothered to read the article though before I made the first comment, I just assumed by "hybrid" they meant fuel economy. That being said, I don't retract my statement. I just feel like Ferraris should be RWD sportscars, AWD is Lamborghini's game. These companies should not concerned with fuel economy (like I said, I know the hybrid part wasn't about fuel economy but I just want to reestablish that) or just speed. Which brings me to the rumors of Ferrari ditching the manual transmission. I really hope they don't, I feel like there's more to cars like that than speed. It's the experience (one that I could only dream of having at the moment).
      • 5 Years Ago
      I 'm more shocked about the AWD. O_O
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