Ferrari's 612 HP Hybrid
With much anticipation, Ferrari will pull the cover off its hydrid at the Geneva Auto Show in March.
The 599 GTB Fiorano will have an aft-mounted electric motor. Ferrari doesn’t use the Kinetic Energy Recovery System (KERS) on their Formula 1 cars anymore, so they bolted it on the 599 GTB.
KERS stores energy produced under braking in a reservoir ( either a carbon flywheel or a battery) to be used for short burst of acceleration. In this case they’re using lithium-ion batteries. Secondly, the engineers are using an engine shut down system, while the car is at idle.
Ferrari doesn’t have all the numbers yet, but the famed 6.0 liter all-aluminum V12 is expected to deliver around 14 mpg, that’s huge, almost double (9 mpg) the conventional figures. And this rocket is putting out 612 horsepower.
The V12 should propel the 599 GTB to highway speed in under 4 seconds. The car tops out at about 205 mph.
The Italian designer Pininfarina fashioned the soft lines of the 599 GTB. Aerodynamics are essential to keep the Ferrari settled to the road.
The 599 GTB offers a personalized “man cave”, a four-point harness, carbon fiber steering wheel, and Daytona racing seats, as well as direction finding, and color choices. Standard styling includes leather surfaces, dual climate, and solid aluminum gadgets.