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Ferrari To Bring Hybrid 612 HY-KERS To Geneva

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On: Wed, Dec 29, 2010 at 12:27PM | By: Chris Weiss

Ferrari To Bring  Hybrid 612 HY-KERS To Geneva

Ferrari boss Luca de Montezemolo  told the media last week that Maranello is readying a new car for the 2011 Geneva Motor Show, which gets underway in March. The ever-speculative auto media suggests that this new model is likely the 2012 612 Scaglietti. Further, the Montezemolo's statement suggests that instead of a traditional gas powertrain, the newest member of the Ferrari family may very well be updated with a HY-KERS system similar if not identical to the one shown on the 599 GTB at last year's Geneva show.

Montezemolo told French magazine L'Equipe: "You will see at Geneva a very different new Ferrari that proves we are adapting to a changing world."
Last spring, Fiat detailed six new models that will be coming out of Maranello over the next few years. One of the first models on the way is an updated 612. That model will be coming next year, and Geneva has already been established as the expected launch. The "adapting to a changing world" is clearly an allusion to a green powertrain.

Given that the 612 is much like a four-seat 599, it wouldn't be surprising to see Ferrari outfit it with the HY-KERS system. As equipped to its green-painted 599 last year, the HY-KERS system added a 74 kW electric motor and lithium-ion batteries to the 612's 533-hp 6.0-liter V12 engine. The motor delivered an extra burst of torque for passing and allowed the 599 to be driven at low speeds on pure electric propulsion. The concept also included a KERS regenerative braking system for recharging the batteries.

It's quite possible that Ferrari could change that system for the 612 Scaglietti. When it unveiled the 599 HY-KERS, Ferrari made clear that it was an experimental vehicle and that the hybrid system represented just one singular possibility for a hybrid production model.

It's also possible that Ferrari will show a standard 612 update and a separate green concept, however. More details as they come...


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