• Feb 26, 2010
UPDATE: We've removed the pics at the request of Ferrari, who say that the images were not authorized for release. No worries, the 599 Hybrid should officially debut in a couple days at the Geneva Motor Show.

With just a few days separating us from the Geneva Motor Show, the list of surprises continues to dwindle. The latest victim is the much-anticipated Ferrari 599 Hybrid which the automaker has confirmed will appear in Switzerland next week.

The shots appear to have been taken from the show stand, so there's no hard information to go off of yet. What we do know is that Ferrari will employ a version of its Kinetic Energy Recovery System (KERS) that originally debuted during the 2009 Formula 1 season on the 599. The system captures energy normally lost to the flywheel under braking, sending a boost of energy to the wheels when the driver hits a steering wheel-mounted button. Judging by the size of the battery pack, it's doubtful that the 599 will be able to operate on electric power alone. We'll find out soon enough, but until then, check out Ferrari's green beastie in the gallery below. Top tip John.


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      • 4 Years Ago
      KERS does not NOT make a car hybrid, don't let the green paint fool you.

      it's not there to improve mileage or lower emissions in any way, instead it's to make the car more exciting to drive by giving you 50-ish extra hp at the press of a button, which makes for a more exciting (and faster) driving experience.

      electric mode only? you know KERS discharges in about 10 seconds, right?
      • 4 Years Ago
      Yeah, but why would you want a hybrid sports/supercar?
        • 4 Years Ago
        If you're in the "new Ferrari" demographic, I'm fairly you're allowed to ask yourself "why not."
        • 4 Years Ago
        Doesn't make sense to you because you're not a mechanical engineer. It's ok, it barely makes sense to me either. Just like before, people thought there was no replacement for displacement. Then we find out all sorts of methods to eek out power from cars without making 10liter engines. Next thing you know KERS will be in a Civic SI.
        • 4 Years Ago
        OK, I see why one MIGHT like the idea but I personally think the gains will be less than noticable. I doubt that a few seconds of boost will make up for all of those kilos you have to carry around all the time. Though I wont say that its impossible for me to be wrong on that part.
        Also, I dont think it will be endlessly renewable either because batteries dont last forever.


        My point is - hybrid family cars sort of make sense, hybrid performance cars dont.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Your username is suitable.

        Were you joking or do you not understand that the electric motor is like an endlessly renewable shot of NO2?

        This isn't a Prius on steroids.

        It's a 599 on steroids.

        Now that "hybrid" may often mean employing KERS in cars such as this (also see 911 GT3 R Hybrid), I'd like to ask you: Why would you NOT want a hybrid sports/supercar?
      • 4 Years Ago
      I'd be perfectly happy never seeing an exotic car company make a hybrid car for the sake of being "green".
        • 4 Years Ago
        Yeah 'cause you know not polluting is such an awful thing to do.
      • 4 Years Ago
      No no no, we don't need a green Ferrari.
      And my problem isn't the hybrid bit, it's that color. Ferrari's should be red. Or yellow. Or black. Not green.
        • 4 Years Ago
        I think it's a nice looking green.
      • 4 Years Ago
      lol, Green World Order coming up next. This car is everything wrong with environmentalism. Heavy as hell, full of hard to procure metals from filthy mines, but hey it gets .5 mpg better, so it must be saving the planet.
      • 4 Years Ago
      This looks an awful lot like the HotWheels Speed Machines Series 599... hmmmmm
      • 4 Years Ago
      If they are going to use this as I believe (and as some have already stated) then yes please!!
      • 4 Years Ago
      Ferrari just put the smack down on "green" cars. This is fabulous, if pointless...

      I mean really, when are you going to be able to really use that KERS button hmmm? Still, this is cool. Look for these on wreckedexotics dot com a couple weeks after they are delivered.
      • 4 Years Ago
      okay, all these comments are all good but I just want to point out something. Around 75% of customers of ferrari buy them for racing and pedigree, around 15% buy them because they want a sports car/Supercar, and around 10% buy them because they're rich bastards who want to waste some cash on a new toy. I'm gunna make a guess that the 10% and part of the 15% are gunna buy this. the rest are going to look in disgust as they quickly run away in their 458 Italia's while they laugh in a sinaster way towards the race trrack where they actually won't be excamunicated by the other daily racers. Unless I'm totally wrong in which this new eco-car by Ferrari will be the spectacle on every race day.
      • 4 Years Ago
      *sigh*...
      • 4 Years Ago
      You know, if the electric motor and battery setup doesn't add too much weight, this thing could be a track monster. Even with a bit of extra weight, it looks like the KERS is mounted pretty low, so body roll should be at a minimum. The acceleration coming out of corners should be pretty epic.
        • 4 Years Ago
        BLASPHEMY!
        • 4 Years Ago
        yup, the more i see people doing sports hybrid right (ferrari, lotus) the more I'm warming to the idea of instant torque when needed :).
        • 4 Years Ago
        it's probably time that autoblog does a post on the difference between normal hybrids and KERS.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Right, well vettura simply means car, so that is certainly not going to be the name.
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