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Ferrari updates its HY-KERS hybrid system for upcoming Enzo successor


April 24, 2012

The HY-KERS system uses two electric motors plus energy recovery to provide more power and less CO2 emissions

The HY-KERS system uses two electric motors plus energy recovery to provide more power and less CO2 emissions

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In addition to recently showing off its brand new F12 Berlinetta in Beijing, Ferrari brought along the latest version of its HY-KERS hybrid system. The system has been tweaked for a mid-rear engine layout.

A road version of Ferrari's F1 technology, the HY-KERS system was originally demonstrated on the 2010 599 HY-KERS lab vehicle. At the time, it was worked into the 599 GTB Fiorano's front-engined layout.

It's believed that Ferrari will debut the commercial version of the hybrid system on the upcoming Enzo successor, codenamed the F70. That model should surface sometime early next year, and the updated HY-KERS system shows how Ferrari will power the new flagship.

Like the Enzo before it, the F70 will carry its V-12 engine amidships, so Ferrari has reworked the HY-KERS within that framework. The new HY-KERS connects a V-12 engine and electric motor to a dual-clutch transmission. A second, non-powertrain electric motor is used for powering auxiliary electronics like power steering and air conditioning. Both motors receive power from a battery pack that can be mounted in a variety of ways, to be determined by the car's final layout.

Ferrari says that the hybrid system carries the dual function of increasing power and decreasing emissions. It hasn't provided any output numbers, but rumors have it that the system will add up to 120 extra horses over the V-12's ~ 800 hp. When accelerating, the main electric motor delivers extra power through the dual-clutch gearbox. When the driver hits the brakes, the motor turns into a generator, transforming brake energy into electricity to recharge the batteries.

Ferrari states that the HY-KERS system has officially stepped beyond the experimental stage and development will start within the coming months. It hasn't announced a specific debut date for the F70, but has indicated that January's North American International Auto Show and March's Geneva Motor Show are possibilities.

Source: Ferrari

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Hmmmmm? I always said I wanted to see this hybrid tech hooked up to high end big power plants like V12's and the like, I guess I get my wish! It would be cool if something of this caliber and power could achieve something in the near 30 mpg area and I will be a little surprised if it doesn't as I know a 7.0 liter corvette can hit 30 mpg with no hybrid tech at all? :-)


I can't wait to see what the weight of the batteries does to the cornering.


Get rid of the V12 reciprocating monstrosity and add a few more windings on the motor and we'll have a real car! /sacrilege


my daily commute is 218 km, whem will car makers stop thinking about revheads and take into consideration real distances domestic blackouts and low cost transport for the multitude that dont buy V12s and tow light trailers once a week?

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