Ferrari plans the introduction of a hybrid supercar since the 2010 Geneva motor show, when it unveiled the Hybrid Concept which was based on a standard 599. The Maranello firm's main objective is to develop hybrid technology to get its fleet average CO2 emissions down to around 240g/km by 2018 which will be an important reduction from last year’s figure of 310g/km. Rumors are that the German giant Bosch is helping Ferrari with the engineering and software setup, according to autocar.co.uk.
Although the hybrid electric equipment added 100 kg to the low weight of the 599 in the Hybrid Concept revealed last year at Geneva, Ferrari was confident that its on-road performance was improved. The new Ferrari’s Hybrid performance was bettere, with 0-100 mph (161 km/h) taking 10.4 sec meaning an improvement of 0.6 seconds. An interesting factor is that the 599 concept’s centre of gravity, which represents a key factor, remained unchanged.
The Italian manufacturer also has plans for developing a super-fast traction control system that works by reversing the electric motor’s torque rather than cutting engine power. Also the “electronic torque control” system can feed in small torque inputs during the acceleration. It is not clear if Ferrari will be using all the aforementioned features, but still, the car will literally bring a breath of fresh air into the supercars auto market.