Geneva Motor Show: Ferrari HY-KERS
March 2, 2010 § Leave a comment
Yes, it’s green… Ferrari is trying to cut its emissions (down by an average 30% since 2007) and is working on hybrid technology. This experiemental vehicle shows the F1-derived KERS (Kinetic Energy Recovery System) tech and lightweight hybrid drivetrain fitted in a 599 GTB Fiorano – with driving dynamics unaffected, says Ferrari. The hybrid components and lithium-ion batteries are under-floor, to maintain an even lower centre of gravity, and distributed for an optimum weight balance. Interior and luggage space are also unaffected.
The KERS tech also enhances traction and braking balance, with the supplementary electric drive distributed between the wheels on demand; there’s instantaneous torque from a standstill and when overtaking. The HY-KERS can run on electric-only power in city conditions.
The drivetrain is made in-house at Ferrari, and includes the seven-speed F1 dual-clutch transmission – plus V12 engine. Ferrari points out that it’s reducing emissions at source too, however, with a 15% reduction in C02 output from the Maranello facility last year, thanks to solar panels on the machining facility’s roof and a single-source power, heating and cooling generator to provide all the plant’s energy.