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Ferrari Confirms Enzo Hybrid

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On: Wed, May 16, 2012 at 11:39AM | By: Chris Weiss

Ferrari Confirms Enzo Hybrid

It was really just a formality at this point, but Ferrari has officially confirmed that the F70 Enzo successor will be a hybrid. Ferrari spiced up an otherwise dull press release by confirming the F70 for debut by year end.

Ferrari said in a press release about its first quarter earnings: "At the end of the year, we'll also be unveiling the new Enzo, a limited series model and our first ever hybrid car."

That ends any debate about whether the F70 will be a hybrid or not. A HY-KERS system with 120-hp worth of electric motors and a 800-hp V-12 engine has been a rumor for some time, and while that powertrain hasn't been confirmed, we now know that it's in the ball park.

One interesting aspect about Ferrari's statement is that it says the Enzo successor will debut this year. After Fiat said two years ago that a new Enzo was on the docket for 2012, an Automotive News Europe report earlier this year held that the public debut wouldn't happen until next year. While it's possible Ferrari was referring to a small, private VIP debut in its most recent quote, it sounds more like an official debut.

Ferrari already showed the general hybrid layout at last month's New York Auto Show. It didn't commit to any output figures but showed a powertrain with a mid-mounted V-12 engine, two electric motors and a dual-clutch transmission.

So now the only questions left are what the F70 will look like, how much power and performance it will have and when will Ferrari debut it. That statement sure makes an LA Auto Show appearance sound about right.


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