Published on October 5th, 2012 | by Christopher DeMorro1
Ferrari F70 Hybrid Supercar’s Carbon Fiber Cockpit Showcased
When an automaker like Ferrari throws its hat into the hybrid car ring, you know things are about to get serious. But rather than reveal everything all at once, the prancing horse brand is slowly teasing bits and pieces of its upcoming Ferrari F70 hybrid supercar. The latest bit they are showing off is the carbon fiber monocoque that forms the heart of the chassis.
For the uninitiated, Ferrari is utilizing a V12 engine combined with a flywheel hybrid system that utilizes two electric motors. One motor powers the rear wheels, while the other motor powers onboard electrical systems. The electric motors will provide up to a 120 horsepower “burst” of energy recovered from a flywheel system, while the 6.3 liter engine will offer up to 900 horsepower. Dayum.
But what really, really makes the F70 a car of epic proportions is its crazy-low weight. Rumor has it that Ferrari is aiming for a curb weight of just 2,200 pounds, thanks to weight-saving techniques like the carbon fiber cockpit you see above. In fact, the entire supercar will be constructed of carbon fiber, which is sure to add to the price while dropping the weight.
To give you an idea of just how radical this is, the curb weight is about the same as a Mazda Miata, but without trying to cram a large-displacement V12 AND a flywheel hybrid system on board. None of that is lightweight stuff.
The Ferrari F70 is one hybrid supercar worth looking forward to…even if most of us will never even see one, never mind drive one.
Source: Motor Authority