That green 599 on its Geneva motor show stand may technically be a concept, but Ferrari says the hybrid powertrain within is destined for its entire lineup.
Automotive News reports that CEO Luca di Montezemolo aims to apply the hybrid system displayed in the 599 HY-KERS show car to all of Ferrari's production models.
“This is a first step of a long project,” he said, “and we want within three years -- maximum four -- to have a hybrid Ferrari car ready for every single product of our range. In three years, we aim to cut emissions by a minimum of 35 percent.”
Emissions, in fact, have much to do with the Prancing Horse’s push for hybrid vehicles. By 2012, European automakers’ fleets will have to emit an average of 140 grams of carbon dioxide per kilometer or better, and there may be no special dispensation for even the smallest cottage-industry manufacturer.
Supercar manufacturers are addressing this in different ways. Lamborghini feels it can survive by building lighter cars made with more carbon fiber and smaller engines, while Ferrari -- along with Porsche -- is taking the hybrid approach. The HY-KERS system shown in Geneva allows the 599 to run solely on electricity during the EU urban cycle, but during longer runs -- or if the driver should stomp on the accelerator pedal -- the V-12 comes to life.
Ferrari says the 599 HY-KERS cuts emissions by 35 percent -- right where the company is aiming to be come 2012.
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