Although supercar enthusiasts need to wait at least five years to buy a hybrid Ferrari, the company revealed its HY-KERS hybrid experimental vehicle at the 2010 Geneva Motor Show. The HY-KERS is basically a Ferrari 599 GTB Fiorano with a hybrid drivetrain. Although it will be years before a hybrid Ferrari is available, the company is exploring how to best implement hybrid technology into its automobile lineup to help meet future carbon emissions standards, especially the strict requirements expected in urban markets.
The body of the vehicle is a 599 GTB Fiorano, but Ferrari used F1 technology to design and create the electric motor. The motor is designed to optimize the dynamics of the car as well as enhance traction and brake balance. Although the future Ferrari hybrid will be designed to have a lower level of tailpipe emissions, it will still be a Ferrari and thus need to have that supercar feel when on the road.
As would be expected from Ferrari, the company is striving to offset the weight of the electric motor with an increase in overall power. According to Ferrari, “the electric motor produces more than 100 hp, as Ferrari’s goal was to offset every kilogram increase in weight by a gain of at least one hp.” The electric motor only weighs about 40 kilograms, so Ferrari has more than achieved this goal.
Although Ferrari is still working on its first hybrid, the company’s commitment to a more environmentally sustainable organization goes beyond a hybrid drivetrain. The company installed a solar photovoltaic array on the roof of the Mechanical Machining facility in Maranello, Italy. The array, which was installed in January 2009, reduced the company’s energy use by 210,000 kilowatts in its first year.
The Maranello facility also utilizes a trigeneration plant, which simultaneously produces power, heat and cooling from a single source. By combining this trigeneration plant with the solar array, Ferrari has been able to reduce its carbon dioxide emissions by 40 percent, about 30,000 tons annually. These two upgrades will allow Ferrari to meet the objectives of the Kyoto Protocol 10 years ahead of schedule.
While a hybrid Ferrari is still at least five years away, the company’s commitment to engineering a more eco-friendly supercar and the use of renewable power in its manufacturing facility will help Ferrari meet future European CO2 emission standards.