By Tony Borroz
February 1, 2010 – (Motor Sports Newswire) – The rumors are true: Ferrari, which builds some the finest cars in the world, is bringing a hybrid to the Geneva Motor Show.
To some of the less informed out there, a gas-electric version of the 599 GTB Fiorano (pictured) might seem like a sacrilege. But for those who know Ferrari’s history of technical innovation, and just what can be accomplished with a properly set up hybrid drivetrain, it makes perfect sense.
Ferrari is, quite simply, one of the most technologically innovative car companies around, having invented and brought to market everything from the sublime semi-automatic gearbox to the more prosaic 2+2 seating layout. So when the boys from Maranello have a crack at a hybrid, expect it to be beautifully engineered and thoroughly focused on stratospheric performance.
We’ve been following the rumors of a Ferrari hybrid rumors for awhile. Now Reuters, via Automotive News, confirms the hybrid 599 will use a road-going version of the kinetic energy recovery system Ferrari developed for F1. The car’s existence was confirmed by Ferrari capo di tutti capo Luca di Montezemolo at the presentation of the stunningly beautiful F10 Formula 1 car. Sadly, di Montezemolo did not relate any specifics on the hybrid show car, so we’ll have to bide our time until March.
If the 599 hybrid follows the patent drawings and other tidbits of data, the car will be most impressive. In addition to a glorious V12 engine up front, there will be an electric motor mounted at the rear transaxle and a lithium-ion battery pack located for optimal performance via weight jacking. Not only will the hybrid system be set up to provide an added boost in power, it will also give the car a start-stop function and regenerative braking.
And in case you’re interested, the 599 will get a 35 percent improvement in fuel economy.
Photo: by Ferrari