• Dec 23rd 2009 at 5:58PM
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Italian pub, Quattroroute reports Ferrari will show its first road-going hybrid next March at the Geneva Motor Show. Based on the 599 GTB, the Ferrari hybrid is expected to use a derivative of the kinetic energy recovery system (KERS) used on the prancing horse's Formula One cars during part of the 2009 season.
The KERS setup and the concept will reportedly use a lithium ion battery pack, and based on the diagram (right) the road car will have the battery and the power electonics mounted on either side of the rear transaxle, with an electric motor incorporated into the transaxle itself. If the road car is similar to the race car, this will essentially be a mild hybrid system providing automatic start-stop, regenerative braking and electric boost. Judging by the battery size, Ferrari won't offer any pure electric propulsion. The system is expected to boost urban driving mileage by over 30 percent from the current 8.7 mpg (US) to a slightly less miserable 13.8 mpg.

Thanks to Daniele for the tip!

[Source: Quattroroute]

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      • 5 Years Ago
      so, know how they say that 2012 is the end of the world? yeah...
      • 5 Years Ago
      What a shame they've abandoned KERS for F1 2010
        • 5 Years Ago
        It's not really a shame, it really wasn't very effective to begin with based on how limited KERS was within FIA regulation. Brawn and RBR didn't even have KERS and they turned out to be the strongest team last season.

        Mercedes is said to have wasted 'hundreds of millions' of dollars on the 2009 KERS system that ultimately will be abandoned. Its not that KERS is useless, or hybrids are useless, but the implementation by the FIA of the technology was a massive waste of money and everyone's time.
      • 5 Years Ago
      (13.8 - 8.7) / 8.7 x 100% = 58.6% of mileage increase, not 30%. Even the best full hybrids today don't approach that kind of mileage improvement over their gasoline counterparts. Sounds impossible for a mild hybrid to pull off such a big increase to me.
        • 5 Years Ago
        yes 50% is an astronomical increase but does seem completely reasonable. With normal hybrids operating in the slow electric only or electric assist modes around town at slow speed, you are offsetting the gas burned by an already efficient 4cylinder. With this hybrid you are eliminating the use of a 12 cylinder. So adding electric assist reduces fuel consumption even more. Just look at the Lexus RX hybrid that only has a v6. Its non hybrid city mileage is 20mpg but the hybrid is 30mpg. There is 50% right there. Personally i think the Ferrari will do even better than the numbers they are claiming