Ferrari Hybrid Powertrain Tested on the 599 Fiorano
Ferrari president Luca di Montezemolo seems to be one step ahead of its competitors on this subject, as he announced that his company's cars will release 40 percent less harmful emissions into the atmosphere by 2012, autoblog.it reported.
The Italian manufacturer aims to achieve this by a wider use of lightweight materials for the construction of the car and the introduction of hybrid systems on its series cars. Those who got shivers down the spine when reading this should know that Ferrari's solution does not come in the form of an electric motor, but is based on the development of new powertrains and even of the new turbo V6 engines.
The 2009 Geneva Auto Show is said to already witness a preview of this technology, in the form of the Ferrari 599 GTB Fiorano, as unconfirmed reports say it is adapted to accommodate Kinetic Energy Recovery Systems (KERS).
KERS works basically as an efficient CVT exchange connected to a flywheel that spins even when the brakes are applied. The stored energy is later used to increase acceleration and allow for better performance.
Ferrari's presence at the 2009 Geneva Auto Show this year features the unveiling of two new versions of the 599 Fiorano. The Italian manufacturer displays both the HGTE package for the 599 Fiorano GTB, as well as the 599XX.