Ferrari Moving Forward With Hybrid Production
A few months back, Ferrari let their plans for a new hybrid system leak out. The ensuing uproar effectively divided the fans of the Italian Automaker into those who loved the idea, and those who were appalled by it. The decision by Ferrari to use the new powertrain in the 599 GTB is likely to divide this group even more.
While nothing is official yet, it is now known that Ferrari is planning on bringing a prototype hybrid 599 GTB with them to the upcoming Geneva Auto Show. If the schematics were correct, the design would call for the inclusion of 2 electric motors propelling the rear transaxle. The hybrid variant would still make use of the high revving V12, but would also employ the electric drive system to reduce fuel consumption by about 35%.
Power for the electric motors would be stored in a Lithium Ion Battery Stack and can be recharged on the fly thanks to a regenerative braking system. Start/Stop Technology has also made its way onto the new concept to prolong the battery life as much as possible.
A more detailed list of specifications should be available once the prototype is unveiled.Auto Blog