Ferrari To Produce Its First Hybrid

By dancurranjr On November 13th, 2009

2007_ferrari_599_gtb_fioranoFerrari will come out with its first hybrid system on the upcoming replacement for its 612 Scaglietti grand touring car. Britain’s Autocar magazine quoted unnamed Ferrari sources confirming that the Italian exotic car company is working on a hybrid system that will see electric power going to the front wheels, giving the car all-wheel-drive capability. The system reportedly won’t be available before 2014.

Although Ferrari has not officially confirmed the report on the magazine’s site, Ferrari CEO Amadeo Felisa confirmed at the most recent Frankfurt Auto show that the first Ferrari hybrid was “likely to be” a V12 model.

Spy shots have since appeared suggesting that the 612’s replacement will be the next all-new V12 car from the home of the Prancing Horse. The hybrid system would not be available at that car’s launch, but debut closer to the 2015 model year, said the latest report, released last week.

The current 612 offers a massive 5.7-litre V12 engine driving the rear wheels, but this hybrid system would focus more on improving handling and acceleration than fuel economy, according to the company insiders.

But Ferrari is nevertheless interested in reducing fuel consumption and lowering the emissions produced by its products, even though they and exotic car fans in general have long maintained that the limited numbers of these cars sold and the relatively low mileage they accumulate account for a tiny blip in the overall carbon footprint of the global auto industry.

Felisa confirmed that Ferrari’s new-for-2009 California hardtop convertible would receive a start-stop system in 2010, which automatically turns off the engine at red lights and restarts it instantly upon letting go of the brakes, which is the system that accounts for the majority of real world fuel savings in most gas-electric hybrid vehicles.

Ferrari is not the only Italian car maker going the planet-friendlier route, while still maintaining its focus on high horsepower performance. Lamborghini CEO Stephan Winkelmann also admitted in August that the Volkswagen-controlled company will launch a hybrid model by 2015, likely in the Gallardo, he suggested to a German auto trade journal in August. Winkelmann said Lamborghini was not planning to go the all-electric route, which Mercedes-Benz will pioneer among supercars with its upcoming SLS eDrive, and which Lambo’s sister company Audi has recently confirmed it will pursue with an all-electric version of its mid-engine R8.

SOURCE: Globe and Mail

Ferrari To Go Hybrid, World Trembles On Its Axis

By dancurranjr On May 30th, 2009

2007_ferrari_599_gtb_fioranoWell, hold onto your (prancing) horses, kids, ’cause the men from Maranello are indeed readying a hybrid system for future Ferraris, which will most likely launch in 2015 or thereabouts.

In March, Ferrari president Luca Cordero di Montezemolo told reporters at the Geneva Motor Show that the company was testing prototypes of a hybrid powertrain in a 2009 Ferrari 599 adapted to the new drive system.

Now, drawings from a patent application have leaked out and more details are known. The Ferrari papers show several variants of four-wheel-drive and hybrid technology, with one pair of wheels (presumably the rear) driven by the engine through a transmission, and the other pair (the front) powered by either an electric motor or a pair of in-wheel motors. Both front- and mid-engine layouts are included.

While the patent application claims the system is meant to improve handling, Ferrari has said in the past it intends to reduce its carbon emissions a full 40 percent by 2012. That goal, however, seems aggressive for just two model years from now.

But the company has recent experience in recovering wasted energy via regenerative braking, from none other than its Formula One team. As of this season, the team is using a Kinetic Energy Recovery System (KERS) to comply with new rules on the world’s most prestigious racing circuit.

Regardless of launch date and final drive system, we here at are very excited at the prospect of finally having an excuse to road-test a Ferrari.

SOURCE: Green Car Reports

Ferrari Starts Testing Hybrid Cars

By dancurranjr On March 13th, 2009

ferrari_430-biopowerFerrari president Luca Cordero di Montezemolo has revealed that the company has begun testing of hybrid drivetrain.

The famous automaker is currently testing a 599-based prototype vehicle.

No further details were given out.

The company said that they are trying to understand how they can benefit from the hybrid technology for their products before they can start implementing it in their on sale models.

Ferrari currently has aimed to reduce its CO2 emissions 40 percent by 2012.

Montezemolo added: “We are currently working on the development of a Ferrari that will use alternative energy sources and which will be based on what we are doing at the moment in Formula 1.”

He said however that a possible result of these technologies is still years away.

SOURCE: TestWhack