Ferrari testing new hybrid technology

2009 Ferrari California
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Ever since the Vettura Laboratorio HY-KERS made its grand debut at the 2010 Geneva Motor Show, we’ve been waiting for a solid piece of machinery that would solidify the hybrid technology’s existence in Ferrari’s future models. Ferrari hasn’t exactly been keeping the notion of highlighting hybrid technology in their models a secret, but details for such vehicles haven’t exactly been forthcoming either. Tough luck, Ferrari, because spy photographers have captured what looks to be hybrid prototype testing.

This prototype just so happened to be wearing an "S" on its plates which means the car is registered in Stuttgart. This may mean nothing to some, but to us it confirms the involvement of German supply giant, Bosch, who just so happen to be helping Ferrari with the engineering and software set-up of the hybrid. The prototype is also sporting a special exhaust system with two pairs of side by side pipes which may be the biggest hint towards a hybrid powertrain. So far, Ferrari has been able to keep the details of the hybrid powertrain a secret, but rumors suggest that it will consist of a standard engine with two electric motors, one at the front wheels and one at the rear, each developing around 100 HP.

As for the vehicle debuting this new powertrain, that’s still being kept under wraps. The prototype caught testing had body panels illustrating a 599 GTO, but underneath those sheets of metal looked to be a Ferrari California. The vehicle spotted also featured the California’s headlamps, wheels, chromed wheel nuts, folding metal roof shutlines, brake caliper position, and distinctive instrument binnacle.


Source: AutoCar

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  (647) posted on 07.25.2011

It’s a good thing they are promoting this idea, for it can really help each one of us, especially to the environment. It can minimize the emission of the car. However, I hope this idea will as successful as we expected.

  (503) posted on 07.20.2011

Wow! They really going to the edge of developing new technologies for better and faster car. I hope this new hybrid technology will bring new edges to this new era of supercars.

  (599) posted on 07.19.2011

Well,I think everyone would love to see a hybrid version of their high speed performing vehicle like the 599 and the Ferrari California. BTW, i bet this car would be so expensive.

  (257) posted on 07.19.2011

Oh no! It seems that Ferrari is following the latest trend now. Well, with their iconic brand and with the tighter competition in the market, I bet the reliability of their hybrid car wouldn’t be a big issue.

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