Prototype will be on display at next month's Geneva motor show
1 February 2010

A Ferrari 599 hybrid prototype will be shown at next month's Geneva motor show.

The car is being shown to demonstrate Ferrari's committment to hybrid technology, and a Ferrari spokesman has stressed that it will show only one potential form of hybrid technology that Ferrari is evaluating.

He added that it is far from certain that the 599 will be the first Ferrari to be available with hybrid tech.

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Unconfirmed reports in the Italian media suggest the system will use lithium batteries and an electric motor to cut fuel consumption by as much as 35 per cent over the standard 599s.

No other information was revealed by Ferrari.

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1 February 2010

Who buys £200K Ferraris with an eye on fuel economy ???

What a complete waste of time, effort, brains and physical resources created by a European Government-led con !

1 February 2010

This can't be information taken from a press release. If it was the PR person needs sacking. The only information was that MPG will be better, It has just destroyed the whole image of Ferrari.

They either make a hybrid because it can go faster around a track or they don't make it at all, whether it's 35% better on economy is irrelevant to everyone.

1 February 2010

cant believe it has come to this where supercars are going down the road of Hybrids! If this is what we have to look forward to in Automobiles i think i'll not bother! infact its about time hybrids were banned and people wised up and not buy them! which reminds me of an episode of top gear where a prius was actually worse on fuel than an M3! its not what you have its the way you drive it!

1 February 2010

[quote beachland2]They either make a hybrid because it can go faster around a track or they don't make it at all, whether it's 35% better on economy is irrelevant to everyone.[/quote] +1 My sentiments exactly

1 February 2010

It's to do with reducing their average CO2 outputs, all car companies have to do this at some point, although I don't think hybrids are neccessarily the way to go for ferrari unless they bring something new to it, like using it for added performance.

Surely the 599 won't be the 1st production car to get it if they go through with it though, its a few years old now?

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1 February 2010

[quote 38carssofar] Who buys £200K Ferraris with an eye on fuel economy ??? What a complete waste of time, effort, brains and physical resources created by a European Government-led con ![/quote]

I couldn't agree more. This global obsession with CO2, CO2, CO2 will ruin it for motorists and sports car fans everywhere. It's time everyone woke up from this constant brainwashing - enough is enough. What about some hybrid planes - I wonder if Boeing and Airbus will start work on a hybrid plane to cut their aircrafts CO2 emissions???? Thought not.

1 February 2010

[quote duffy1207]It's to do with reducing their average CO2 outputs, all car companies have to do this at some point[/quote]

No they don't.

1 February 2010

Funny, I saw a red 599 on the back of a lorry parked in a lay-by on the northbound carriageway of the A3 between Guildford and Wisley about 12:30 this lunchtime...

Hybrid ain't a bad idea, but it's using the wrong powerplant. Torque-vectoring hub motors and all that, fine, I like it. What's wrong is the use of the internal combustion engine. What we need instead is a microturbine (helluva lot lighter, more efficient, more powerful, more torquey) under the bonnet, which would also allow for lower, curvier, more aerodynamic and pedestrian-friendly bonnets. We also need to sort out the bloody battery situation, so they're not so desperately unenvironmental. As for the M3/Prius economy test, the problem is that the Prius was being thrashed, while the M3 was just loafing along behind. Drive the two similarly and the Prius - horrible, hateful machine though it is - will be a lot more economical. What we need is a full-time electric thing like a Chevy Volt with just a microturbine to charge the batteries. Then, also, with hub motors, we can have rear-wheel-drive without any disadvantages of packaging, without a propshaft and tunnel! Let's see the bloody car-makers deny us RWD then...

1 February 2010

A green Ferrari. Whooppy doo! I don't think this has anything to do with economy. Lets be honest here it's still going to be dreadful unless it has a three pot diesel in it. I think this is a ploy to take the rap off supercars. How naive Ferrari seem to be!

1 February 2010

I don't know what people are so upset about.

A good percentage of Ferrari's customers are celebrity poseurs who don't have any connection to reality or logic in their daily lives. To them, a hybrid Ferrari makes good sense as then they can toddle around to the botiques at 30 km/h without feeling guilty when they're spotted in their Ferrari by their fellow rich poseurs. "Yes, but it's a hybrid! I'm doing my part to save the planet." Nods of approval and instant jealousy.

Makes about as much sense as Al Gore flying to his global warming rallies and film promotions in his private jet and arriving by limo -- and then "paying it off" with some convoluted carbon point payback scheme to plant trees. Somewhere. Sometime. HAHAHHAHAHAHA

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