Finally, Ferrari has decided to show its green side. The automaker unveiled its first hybrid at the Geneva Motor Show, the 599 HY-KERS. It’s taken Ferrari long enough to make its way to the green car arena, but with the likes of Porsche, Lotus and Audi going the green way, it was only a matter of time before the prancing horse gave its sportscars the environmental makeover.
Ferrari says that the new hybrid is an experimental vehicle, but it will help bring the company’s latest racing technology to the roads, and do that with an eye for the environment. Quite appropriately, the new hybrid makes use of the Kinetic Energy Recovery System (KERS), which is used in F1 racing.
The hybrid is based on 599 GTV Fioriano, and has a V12 engine working with an electric motor. This 100hp electric motor could either be used for small trips in the car, or to give it some extra boost of power. It may not be that efficient, but the system is able to increase the car’s fuel efficiency by 50%; taking it from 9mpg to a whopping 14mpg! Well, good for a start.