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Ferrari shows off its hybrid


A hybrid version of the 599 has made its debut at the 2010 Geneva Motor Show

Ferrari has given the public its first glimpse of the HY-KERS vettura laboratorio, which can reportedly reduce CO² emissions by 35% on the combined cycle.

The HY-KERS is based on the 599 GTB Fiorano, and according to Ferrari, the technology may one day be fitted to all future 8- and 12-cylinder models.

Using experience gained in Formula 1, the new technology see the batteries positioned below the floorpan of the car, and a compact electric motor coupled to the rear of the F1 dual-clutch gearbox. This layout lowers the centre of gravity.

The electric motor produces over 100hp, and Ferrari says the logics controlling the torque, traction and braking distribution functions are directly derived from Formula 1.

The motor is designed to kick in during acceleration, and depending on vehicle speed and engine load, the hybrid system can also function as a full-electric drivetrain.

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