The Italian automaker, Ferrari, has just filed a series of patents for a new four wheel drive hybrid propulsion system. Their new design is designed to work with both their front and mid-engine models. The idea is to have the traditional internal combustion engine drive the rear wheels, while some sort of electric motor would power the additional rollers. The system is designed to primarily increase the handling capabilities of the super cars with increased fuel efficiency being an added bonus.

Ferrari says that "the aim of the present invention is to provide a four-wheel - drive vehicle with hybrid propulsion…and being at the same time easy and inexpensive to produce.” This made possible due to motors mounted inside the front wheels. This way there is no need to develop a new drive train layout that would ultimately be more expensive and add unnecessary weight to the vehicle.

As stated on the application, Ferrari is trying to develop a kind of "four-wheel drive that can be engaged enables the driver of the automobile to decide whether to use the rear drive or the four-wheel drive; in this way, the driver can use the rear drive in optimal conditions of adherence and can use the four- wheel drive in poor conditions of adherence." Who would have ever thought that the first hybrid Ferrari’s would also be their first four wheel drive model.

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Hybrid powered Ferrari four wheel drive
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Hybrid powered Ferrari four wheel drive
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Source: AutoCar

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  (571) posted on 02.25.2010

I absolutely have no idea on what that graph is all about but I am really excited with super cars like these having hybrid versions, I do hope that in the future there would be some electric versions as well. Well, if they are in hybrid engines I am kinda hoping that they would give more mileage and that they would burn less gas and send out less emission. That would be the perfect supercar. A fast one, environmentally friendly, and can deliver good mileage.

BMWM6  (488) posted on 05.24.2009

Mercedes are not one of the leading car manufacturers that ventured into green cars because all they did is make there diesel engines again. Congrats to Mercedes for fixing a technology that was already produced. Good manufacturers are ones like Toyota and Honda although the new Honda is reportedly very bad, they at least have a hybrid. If you mean the smart brand under Mercedes then I agree with you but the smart in my opinion is not practical. I may be a little biased here but BMW has there Hydrogen7 model which was given to select few people that is also being environmentally friendly. Also I believe it was a few years back when BMW was working on a regenerative breaking system for there 3 series. I agree that diesel is environmentally friendly but not as much as these technologies. But opposing to what I said Volkswagen has a diesel model that gets the best fuel economy matching the smart car while still being a diesel. Whats so nice about the ferrari idea is that it has one engine working for the back wheels and one engine working for the front wheel and one of those engines is elctric. I havent heard any manufacturer use that setup before.

BMWM6  (79) posted on 05.24.2009

A hybrid power for the Prancing Horse! Wow Ferrari is really making sense this time for a newer passion towards environmental preservation

BMWM6  (177) posted on 05.24.2009

Generating energy while braking? This is a very good development for Ferrari line up

BMWM6  (289) posted on 05.24.2009

The F1 statute dictates the energy be reserved during braking, and reapplied while a steering wheel mounted button is pressed. Its maximum "on-time" would be 6sec. When I first heard that regen braking would be used in F1 I was skeptical. But after hearing how they intend to apply it I am awe-stricken. Eventually, it’ll be like in video games when you press the "turbo" button and the car has this extravagant surge of power. The entire purpose of adding this to F1 is to help strengthen the tech for road use. I cant wait. That’ll be too cool! Hopefully, this feature will be in the 2015 car.

BMWM6  (231) posted on 05.24.2009

This is a great way to get power instead of loosing energy. Heinz-Harald Frentzen said right: You brake - you charge. The simply best for a sportscar

BMWM6  (318) posted on 05.24.2009

As long as it can be considered part of the Fiat group Ferrari can easily meet any CAFE style corporate average fuel economy standards with their current lineup. If Formula One adopts alternative fuels or alternative engines that will put much larger pressure on Ferrari to make their street cars match their race cars.

BMWM6  (314) posted on 05.24.2009

It is very simple why most car manufacturers are not pushing the hydrogen fuel technology—most car platform engines are designed for gasoline combustion, second this move will offset world economies

BMWM6  (182) posted on 05.24.2009

Mercedes are one of the leading car manufacturers that ventured into green cars. In Japan and in California, its normal to see people using these green cars. I wonder why Ford and Nissan dropped their plans of venturing into hydrogen-powered cars.

BMWM6  (421) posted on 05.24.2009

An AWD Ferrari and a hybrid. Well, this is a very significant development and if car manufacturers can harness the hydrogen fuel technology it is true that will no longer be dependent in oil.

BMWM6  (177) posted on 05.24.2009

A documentary in 2006 entitled Who Killed the Electric Car? presented some of the criticisms against hydrogen powered vehicles. Former US Energy Secretary said that hydrogen cars are the least efficient and most expensive ways to reduce greenhouse gases. In my opinion, why would you need all the money in the world when you don’t have a world to live in, 10-20 more years from now?

BMWM6  (180) posted on 05.24.2009

If hydrogen cars will soon become the standard vehicles, then our country would no longer be dependent on foreign oil and eventually cut down one of the leading causes of global warming.

BMWM6  (4) posted on 05.22.2009

I agree with "BMWM6", i think hydrogen is the way of the future and that hybrids are just a short term thing.

BMWM6  (488) posted on 05.22.2009

Very cool but like alot of other people I believe in hydrogen. But this is a nice I dea

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