Enter the Ferrari 599 Hybrid Concept.
This one was from back at the 2010 Geneva Show. Gotta love those green calipers.
Article from Road & Track:
While itís currently just a development platform, this 599 Hybrid features many of the modular pieces essential to Ferrariís greener future.
A three-phase electric motor that produces 100 hp and 111 ft.-lb. of torque, is mounted to the back of the 7-speed dual clutch transaxle from the 458. Of note, this motor drives only the 1-3-5-7 gearset.
Controlling the hybrid is a liquid-cooled control module next to the motor and below the trunk floor. This module is programmed with an algorithm and philosophy unique to Ferrari.
The electric drive system is set up to keep the 599's high performance V-12 away out of the least efficient areas of its power curveósmall throttle openings at low speeds. Ferrari calls it Load Point Moving, and this technology will actually push the engine higher in the powerband while maintaining the same road speed. Excess power is fed into the electric motor to generate electricity. Other modes include: start/stop, electric-only operation (the 599 Hybrid can do the urban section of the European test cycle entirely in this mode), E-Boost (for an extra hit of power) and regenerative braking.
Ferrari powers the electric motor with a pair of thin lithium-ion batteries underneath the passenger compartment. The 3-kW pack is exposed to the elements, taking advantage of passive air-cooling. This battery also powers an electric motor mounted to the engine to drive the power steering assist and air conditioning systems.
As an F1 constructor, Ferrari has drawn heavily on the benefits that the KERS (kinetic energy recovery systems) gave their F1 cars during the 2009 season. These include Electric Brake Balance, Electric Traction Control and Electric Torque Shaping. EBB varies the level of regenerative braking, thereby changing the amount of braking force the rear wheels contribute. ETC and ETS add or subtract torque as needed to maximize traction. These systems are fast enough to smooth out individual cylinder pulses, and they allow for the control of wheel speed without resorting to cutting fuel or spark.
Although no firm timeline has been established for the 599 Hybrid, elements of this carís technology will start showing up in cars soon. The Ferrari California, for instance, will feature start/stop for the European market beginning this month. A full hybrid Ferrari is still three to five years away from production.
Last edited by passline; 05-28-2010 at 16:34.