The set-up on show, known as ‘HY-KERS 2012’, mates a mid-rear mounted V12 engine and dual-clutch gearbox to an electric motor. At the front, there’s another electric motor to run auxiliary systems.
Both motors are connected to a battery pack that can be housed “in line with available space and final configuration” when installed in a production car. The first application for the HY-KERS system will be in the all-new Enzo, due before the end of the year.
Ferrari showed an initial application of the HY-KERS system at the Geneva motor show in 2010. That system was designed for a front-engine V12, as was previewed on a 599.
The system has since undergone more than two years of experimentation, and Ferrari has managed to significantly improve its efficiency and reduce its size and weight. Ferrari has now come close to achieving its original target of adding 1.34bhp to a HY-KERS-equipped car’s headline bhp figure per 1kg the system adds.