Published on December 3rd, 2013 | by Christopher DeMorro0
Patent Reveals Future Ferrari Hybrid
As it stands, most of the 963 horsepower in the LaFerrari come from its cutting-edge V12 engine, but this patent filing reveals a car with much more emphasis on the hybrid drivetrain. A large chemical battery pack integrated into the frame of this next-gen Ferrari designed to provide both extra protection in case of a crash, and to keep the center of gravity low to the ground.
In other words, Ferrari is taking a page out of Tesla’s playbook. While the battery pack is still comparatively small, weighing in at just 132 pounds, a front-mounted engine will also be an integral part of the drivetrain. The most likely hybrid setup Ferrari will utilize is a Kinetic Energy Recovery System, or KERS, like those used in endurance and Formula racing series.
Of course being a patent, and nothing more, this could simply be Ferrari patenting a potential idea they’ll utilize down the line, or maybe never. It’s clear to everyone though that Ferrari is going to embrace hybrid cars in bigger and bigger ways.