In the world of supercars, no matter what your justifications are, horsepower is the king. But with the oil crisis and pressure for a better environment, exotic car companies have to find ways to adapt its old thinking to the modern world. With that, Ferrari is working on a V12 hybrid engine for its supercars.
We’ve recently witnessed the new V12 engine in the all-new F12 Berlinetta supercar, which produces about 730 horsepower. And that is a massive power output that we can’t really justify in this Eco-minded world. According to Ferrari CEO Amedeo Felisa, he said that the F1-developed kinetic energy recovery system (KERS) will ensure that the company will keep the V12 in its engine line-up for years to come.
“We will roll out new technology that is there first and foremost to introduce a green factor to our cars and ensure that we can keep our product where it is in terms of CO2”, Felisa told British publication Autocar.
In other words, we will be seeing the V12 engine couples with a pair of electric motors in the near future. Already at the 2010 Geneva Motor Show, we’ve seen the Ferrari 599-based HY-KERS concept with a hybrid configuration, which included a small electric motor coupled to a dual-clutch gearbox and battery pack. According to Ferrari, the hybrid system reduces CO2 emissions by 35 percent while adding another 100-hp to total power output.
“This technology is expensive today, but it has been designed to fit all our future architecture. If we go ahead, it will be fitted as standard. It’s not the sort of thing you offer as an option,” explained Felisa.