Ferrari displays first hybrid at Geneva Show

Ferrari displays first hybrid at Geneva Show

Ferrari has displayed its first ever hybrid car at the Geneva International Motor Show this week (4 March 2010) with the Ferrari 599 HY-KERS that cuts emissions and fuel consumption by 35 per cent without apparently affecting the performance traits and driving involvement that Ferraris are known for.

Named the Ferrari 599 HY-KERS vettura laboratorio hybrid project it is a vehicle aimed at ensuring that Ferrari will be in a position to comply with future CO2 emissions standards, particularly in terms of the urban cycle. City driving is traditionally where sports cars are most penalised as their engines are designed for maximum efficiency and performance at high revs, whereas the urban cycle involves low revs and low engine loads.

Ferrari has called on its racing experience to adapt an advanced, lightweight hybrid drivetrain to the 599 GTB Fiorano with the aim of ensuring that vehicle dynamics are unaffected. This was achieved with integration of the hybrid system components, positioning them below the centre of gravity and ensuring that interior and luggage space are unaffected. The flat lithium-ion batteries are positioned below the floorpan resulting in a centre of gravity that is even lower than in the standard car.

Ferrari has also applied its F1 technology to the design, engineering and construction of a new kind of electric motor which helps optimise the longitudinal and lateral dynamics of the car. The motor also features a unique cooling and lubrication system to maintain efficiency under all operating temperatures and loads.

Weighing around 40 kg, the high-voltage electric motor of the HY-KERS is coupled to the rear of the dual-clutch 7-speed F1 transmission. It operates through one of the transmission’s two clutches and engages one of the two gearbox primary shafts. Thus power is felt instantaneously between the electric motor and the V12. The electric motor produces slightly more than 100 hp as Ferrari’s goal was to offset every kilogram increase in weight by a gain of at least one hp.

Under braking the electric drive unit acts as a generator, using the kinetic energy from the negative torque generated to recharge the batteries. As well as managing the power supply and recharging the batteries, the module also powers the engine’s ancillaries (power steering, power-assisted brakes, air conditioning, on-board systems) via a generator mounted on the V12 engine when running 100 per cent under electric drive. It also incorporates the hybrid system’s cooling pump.

The Ferrari 599 HY-KERS is an experimental vehicle at this stage but it sends a clear signal that Ferrari are ready to move toward more economical and environmentally focused sports cars.

Ferrari has displayed its first ever hybrid car at the Geneva International Motor Show this week (4 March 2010) with the Ferrari 599 HY-KERS that cuts emissions and fuel consumption by 35 per cent without apparently affecting the performance traits and driving involvement that Ferraris are known for.

Named the Ferrari 599 HY-KERS vettura laboratorio hybrid project it is a vehicle aimed at ensuring that Ferrari will be in a position to comply with future CO2 emissions standards, particularly in terms of the urban cycle. City driving is traditionally where sports cars are most penalised as their engines are designed for maximum efficiency and performance at high revs, whereas the urban cycle involves low revs and low engine loads.

Ferrari has called on its racing experience to adapt an advanced, lightweight hybrid drivetrain to the 599 GTB Fiorano with the aim of ensuring that vehicle dynamics are unaffected. This was achieved with integration of the hybrid system components, positioning them below the centre of gravity and ensuring that interior and luggage space are unaffected. The flat lithium-ion batteries are positioned below the floorpan resulting in a centre of gravity that is even lower than in the standard car.

Ferrari has also applied its F1 technology to the design, engineering and construction of a new kind of electric motor which helps optimise the longitudinal and lateral dynamics of the car. The motor also features a unique cooling and lubrication system to maintain efficiency under all operating temperatures and loads.

Weighing around 40 kg, the high-voltage electric motor of the HY-KERS is coupled to the rear of the dual-clutch 7-speed F1 transmission. It operates through one of the transmission’s two clutches and engages one of the two gearbox primary shafts. Thus power is felt instantaneously between the electric motor and the V12. The electric motor produces slightly more than 100 hp as Ferrari’s goal was to offset every kilogram increase in weight by a gain of at least one hp.

Under braking the electric drive unit acts as a generator, using the kinetic energy from the negative torque generated to recharge the batteries. As well as managing the power supply and recharging the batteries, the module also powers the engine’s ancillaries (power steering, power-assisted brakes, air conditioning, on-board systems) via a generator mounted on the V12 engine when running 100 per cent under electric drive. It also incorporates the hybrid system’s cooling pump.

The Ferrari 599 HY-KERS is an experimental vehicle at this stage but it sends a clear signal that Ferrari are ready to move toward more economical and environmentally focused sports cars.

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