• Jan 28th 2010 at 12:58PM
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News of an impending hybrid from Ferrari is nothing new, but now we appear to have an actual date when the Italian supercar manufacturer plans to show such a vehicle in an official setting. And it's coming soon, during the first week of March at the Geneva Motor Show, says Ferrari CEO Luca di Montezemolo.

The announcement came during the unveiling of Ferrari's new F10 Formula One car, which seems appropriate as it was during the 2009 F1 season when Ferrari first began using its Kinetic Energy Recovery System – a kind of hybrid technology that captures energy normally lost to braking in a flywheel – in actual competition... with mixed results, of course.

We can't say for sure what kind of hybrid setup Ferrari will show off in its 599 super hybrid, but something similar in principle to the race-bred KERS seems like a distinct possibility, and we know the automaker has been dabbling in all-wheel-drive hybrids as well. In any case, Ferrari promises a production hybrid vehicle in the near future. Stay tuned.

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      • 5 Years Ago
      One thing's for sure: someone finally found a customer base that can afford to replace the batteries in a hybrid!
      • 5 Years Ago
      Who's going to buy a hybrid Ferrari??? A convertible 599 would make more sense to me IMHO
      • 5 Years Ago
      This will not be a prius, guys...

      Just a note, btw: ferrari's system used batteries and a motor, not a flywheel. Williams tested a system like that but never ran it.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Why do automakers continue to answer questions no one is asking? I can't believe there is a huge demand (if any) for a hybrid 599. Must be another "possible perception trumps reality" issues....
      • 5 Years Ago
      Ferrari never used a flywheel KERS. In fact no F1 team ever did. Williams had planned one, but never actually used it. All teams who used KERS used electronic, battery powered systems.

      I imagine the 599 hybrid won't be using a flywheel either.
      • 5 Years Ago
      The 599XX is gorgeous beyond words.
        • 5 Years Ago
        The splash image at first glance looks like a racing Vette.
        • 5 Years Ago
      • 5 Years Ago
      Why bother? Hybrid + Ferrari's reliability history = trouble.

      • 5 Years Ago
      Love it, love it, love it. Those canards on the flying buttresses are freaking sweet. WTF? How can one car have both flying buttresses AND canards and still be full of win?
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