Ferrari boss reveals tech won't be on sale for five years
15 February 2010

More details on the Ferrari 599 hybrid concept that is set to be shown at the Geneva motor show have been revealed by company boss Amedeo Felisa.

Felisa revealed to that a 599 hybrid test mule has been running for a year now, and that its fuel consumption is around 25 per cent less than the standard car's.

However, the hybrid technology adds around 80kg to the standard car (pictured here), and it is unlikely to be seen on a production Ferrari for five years.

“The technology is not ready," he said. "The suppliers are not ready. Everything is underdeveloped. There is a lot of work to so. It is not for tomorrow. We haven’t decided when [it will be introduced]. It will be around 2015, but not before five years.”

He added that the members of last year's F1 team who had developed KERS have now been reassigned to developing greener road car technology.

Felisa also reiterated that the 599 was being used to present the hybrid technology, and would not necessarily be the first car in Ferrari's range to get hybrid technology. He said the systems under development would fit to all Ferrari cars, whether front or mid-engined, or V8 or V12 powered.

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Ferrari 599
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The Ferrari 599 offers mind-blowing pace and handling. Quite possibly the best Ferrari of its generation

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