Ferrari Finally Unveils HY-KERS 599 Hybrid Concept

We’ve been hearing rumors and speculation regarding a Ferrari hybrid for months now. But the Geneva Auto Show opens tomorrow, and the media has had access since Monday, meaning Ferrari finally had to lift the veil on its much-touted hybrid concept.

Called the HY-KERS concept, it is in most basic terms a Ferrari 599 with an electric motor powered by a Kinetic Energy Recovery System, or KERS. This concept will serve as a basis for a road-going Ferrari hybrid which should be on sale in the next three to five years.

While heavier than a standard 599, aside from the electric drive train, there are other fundamental differences. The six-speed transmission, for example, has been swapped out for a seven-speed dual clutch unit. The electric motor produces over 100 horsepower, enough to offset the extra weight of the hybrid drivetrain. The KERS system was developed for F1, and is a fancy term for a more advanced version of regenerative braking.

In standard form, the 599 can accelerate to 60 mph in just 3.7 seconds thanks to the 611 horsepower V12 engine. The hybrid version is supposed to be every bit as fast. While it will still be some time before you’ll be able to buy a hybrid Ferrari (the few of us able to afford one) it represents an important paradigm shift in how exotic car companies approach their vehicles. The HY-KERS might even be capable of driving a short distance in electric-only mode, though I’m not sure, as this is just a concept. How soon is it before Ferrari, Porsche, or another high-end automaker offers a fully-electric version of one of their famous cars.

An all electric Enzo? Yeah, that would get some attention. Yes, I know they don’t make the Enzo anymore. But a guy can dream, can’t he?

Source: AutoBlog


Christopher DeMorro

A writer and gearhead who loves all things automotive, from hybrids to HEMIs, can be found wrenching or writing- or else, he's running, because he's one of those crazy people who gets enjoyment from running insane distances.