• May 21, 2010
Ferrari 599 HY-KERS – Click above for high-res image gallery

In the Eighties, you wanted your MTV. Now that you're a little older and a lot richer, you want your naturally aspirated V12 Italian cars, and both Ferrari and Lamborghini plan to deliver. The raging bulls at Sant' Agata are incorporating more lightweight materials into their cars in order to get over emissions hurdles, but Ferrari has different plans, likely including a road-going iteration of its kinetic energy recovery system, as seen fitted to its 599 HY-KERS concept car at the Geneva Motor Show earlier this year.

According to Autocar's quote from Ferrari CEO Amedeo Felisa, "Hybrid means we can protect the V12," suggesting Ferrari believes its unassisted 12-cylinder will live on. Autocar's theory is that the next Enzo could see its V12 paired with an electric motor to keep the government watchdogs happy. Of course, this contradicts Autocar's Ferrari piece from about ten days ago when, after speaking with Felisa, it wrote, "Felisa also hinted that the new Ferrari Enzo will be powered by a direct-injection twin-turbo V8 when it is launched in 2012."

It could be that Ferrari will use a naturally aspirated V12, only not in the Enzo – the F40 was a V8 while the Testarossa/512 received the big-engine treatment. Frankly, we're all for a hybrid Enzo, though. Provided they can keep the weight down, a silent supercar at low speeds with 600-plus horses that could bolt at a half-second's notice would make the most awesome getaway car ever.



Live Photos: Noah Joseph / Copyright ©2010 Weblogs, Inc.
[Source: Autocar]


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      • 4 Years Ago
      Don't worry, Greenpeace will browbeat them into making weenie cars soon enough.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Well how about he tells Marchionne and the other bigwigs at FIAT to quit lobbying for regulation and turn those dollars towards an open market? No, that might create competition. "Hybrid means we can protect" his job.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Is anyone else weeping?
      • 4 Years Ago
      It'll be a psychological battle, but I think I'm just going to teach myself to not be impressed with Ferrari anymore. They don't have manuals anyway. Why not go hybrid? Another one bites the dust. I miss Enzo (the man). :'(
      • 4 Years Ago
      Seriously a hybrid enzo? Hell no I'll take the V12 natrually aspirated polluting version. The next Enzo should be a 700 ish horsepower V12 and there should be no mention of hybrid. Nobody cares how much gas milage an enzo gets. Too many ecomaniacs out there are trying to ruin the fun for everyone.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Speak for yourself. The V12 is an inefficient archetype for making power. The frictional losses involved make it a terrible choice for racing (how many V12's are being used now?). The only reason they use a V12 at all is "tradition", not performance.

        Hybridization for a V12 is a means of added power when you want it but also added efficiency when you don't, which all manufacturers must accept. That's a modern reality of energy markets that has nothing to do with the conservative radio boogeymen of "ecomaniacs."

        Personally, I'd rather have an efficient Ferrari than a wasteful one that supports Islamists who want me dead. If you differ, well, enjoy sending your child off to war.
      • 4 Years Ago
      It'll be different, but I can live with that. And on that Ferrari, I feel that it is one of the greenest cars ever. ;)
        • 4 Years Ago
        Yeah, I think people get their undies in too much of a twist over this. Emissions problems are just ones of engineering efficiency which the V12 archetype has in spades:

        V12's are no longer popular because of the enormous frictional losses involved (this is why there are virtually no V12's in racing anymore). Ferrari's spec of the V12 is a "traditional" use, more for it's history with the marque not because it's the best engine type for the application (they'd DEFINITELY use a V8 if that was the requirement).

        As such, they will have to bring hybridization in to maintain the engine's viability, both for power and efficiency in the years ahead. They literally have no choice.

      • 4 Years Ago
      Yap yap, enough posturing, show us a 918 squashing concept. Enough drawn out explainations, "Porsche is doing it and has been developing I for over a decade, we need to remain competitive" - no lost face.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Sounds like they've settled down since they figured out how to greenwash just like everyone else :P

      Next thing ya know, they'll be exploiting the e85 loophole too..
      • 4 Years Ago
      Call me crazy but I think this whole "go green" movement has gone a bit to far. Making large busses, trucks, and vans more efficient is cool. But Sometimes you need that lightning fast sports car to look, sound, and feel like it has a pair of testies. I just want to stop all this before everyone is driving a Honda Odyessy with the soccerball sticker on the back.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Can matte paint please go away and never return?! It looks awful.
        • 4 Years Ago
        I couldn't disagree more. Matte paint looks cheap, unfinished and will never look like a well polished lacquer. Matte paint is for rat rods only, not expensive or non expensive current cars IMO. I will let the Lambo Reventon pass because it looks like a stealth fighter and it works. Other than that, it is just plain tacky.
        • 4 Years Ago
        I disagree.

        Matte paint on certain cars looks very unique, but only in certain colors. The Lamborghini matte color palate, in my opinion, looks great. But they've got the edges and facets to give some depth to the matte finish -- Ferraris are too organic for matte.

        Plus, Ferraris should only come in red.
      • 4 Years Ago
      A supercar should never be silent at any point in the rev range.
      • 4 Years Ago
      As long as you can switch it into race mode and use the KERS like in an F1 car. For Normal mode it can function like a more run of the mill fuel save hybrid. That would rock.
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