Unveiled by Ferrari at the 2010 Geneva Motor Show, the HY-KERS is a hybrid laboratory vehicle based on the 599 GTB Fiorano that can reduce CO2 emissions by 35 per cent on the combined cycle (ECE + EUDC).
According to Ferrari, "the technology may one day be fitted to all future Ferraris, 8- and 12-cylinders alike, regardless of their engine position."
Compared to the 599 GTB Fiorano, the weight distribution has not been altered, thanks to the positioning of the batteries below the floorpan of the car, and the use of a compact electric motor ehich deliver more than 200 hp and is coupled to the rear of the F1 dual-clutch gearbox.
The algorithms and control logics controlling the torque, traction and braking distribution functions are directly derived from Formula 1.
Not only does this layout not affect dynamic performance, it actually improves it, by lowering the centre of gravity. Cockpit room and luggage space are also unaffected.
One of the principle objectives of the project is ensuring that Ferrari will be in a position to comply with future CO2 emissions standards, particularly in terms of the urban cycle.
City driving is traditionally where sports cars are most penalised as their engines are designed for maximum efficiency and performance at high revs, whereas the urban cycle involves low revs and low engine loads.