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Ferrari Updates HY-KERS... Here Comes New Enzo

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On: Wed, Apr 25, 2012 at 12:13PM | By: Chris Weiss

Ferrari Updates HY-KERS... Here Comes New Enzo

For years, we've been hearing rumor after rumor about the upcoming Ferrari Enzo successor. Codenamed the F70, the new flagship, road-legal-F1 supercar is being readied for a 2013 debut. At the Beijing Motor Show, Ferrari provided a sneak preview of the powertrain that will drive the new Enzo.

While Ferrari didn't come out and say the updated HY-KERS system is the mechanical underpinnings of the F70, it's not too hard to deduct. The F70 will be the first Ferrari hybrid, and the new HY-KERS system is displayed in the mid-rear engine layout that the F70 will use.

Ferrari moves the HY-KERS back behind the seats from the front-engined designation it used in the original 599 HY-KERS concept back in 2010. The system uses two electric motors, a battery pack and a dual-clutch transmission to assist the V-12 engine. A drive motor delivers power boosts and captures braking energy to recharge the batteries. The second motor is used to power auxiliary equipment like power steering and air conditioning.

Ferrari anticipates that the HY-KERS system will cut emissions by up to 40 percent while offering extra power. It has yet to provide any hard figures, but rumors suggest that the F70 may get a 120-hp boost from the hybrid system (over the V-12's plenty potent 800 hp).

Ferrari says that the HY-KERS has officially moved past the experimental stage. It plans to begin development within the next few months. The F70 is expected to make its first public appearance early next year.


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