Ferrari HY-KERS System Explained [Video]
For those who are wondering what the word “enemy” is doing next to Ferrari’s name, the complete explanation of the association can be found here.
Moving on to Ferrari’s hybrid powertrain, the clip show us that all the electric components of the system have been placed as close to the ground as possible, in order to maintain a low center of gravity - Ferrari says that the hybrid 599 has a lower center of gravity that the standard vehicle.
The system’s elements have been placed in such a way that they don’t affect the cabin space. The two flat lithium-ion battery packs sit below the car’s floor pan, being centrally mounted. The tri-phase 100 HP electric motor is mounted at the back of the dual clutch seven speed transmission. The unit also serves as a KERS system, recharging the batteries during braking. It is matted to one of the transmission’s clutches and engages one of its primary shafts - this creates a continuous power chain between the electric motor and the car’s V12 unit. The system also includes a cooling and a lubrication unit for the electric motor.
The gizmo promises to reduce CO2 emissions by 35 percent (ECE + EUDC combined cycle) and offer the car the same level of performance achieved by the internal combustion-only 599, as its power compensates for the added weight (approximately 100 kg). As Ferrari's chairman, Luca di Montezemolo, said during the car's revealing at the Geneva Auto Show, figures like that have become key values for the prancing horse...