Ferrari files patent for conventional hybrid system, improves performance over KERS system

Ferrari 599 GTB HY-KERS Concept

Although Ferrari has been experimenting with the KERS hybrid system, however some patent applications have turned up recently that reveal Ferrari’s plans to implement a more conventional, and seemingly more efficient, hybrid system.

Last month, Amedeo Felisa, Ferrari’s Chief, revealed that the automaker was in the process of developing hybrid technology for V12 models, and that V6 power even has potential. While this information was not well received all-around, the first mid-engined sports car Ferrari built was also a V6, and a hybrid 599 concept showed up at the 2010 Geneva auto show with a KERS hybrid system, so it shouldn’t come as a surprise.

The KERS (Kinetic Energy Recover System) technology that Ferrari has already used operates by transferring energy from the brakes to a flywheel, which holds the energy as it spools, releasing it as the driver needs. Ferrari’s patent appears to achieve the same end result, minus any performance loss.

As the patent outlines, the new concept uses two electric motors, one for propulsion and one to maintain ancillary systems, plus a battery and a supercapacitor for energy storage. Using the two separate electric motors means that all of the torque will remain with the internal-combustion engine, allowing for improved performance over KERS.

Also detailed in the patent is the engine set up, which is noted as a front mounted, 90-degree engine, versus the 65-degree angle of V12 models, so this is definitely not created to operate with all those cylinders.

So is this the future of Ferrari? So far, its only a patent, and only time will tell. Let us know what you think about V6 and hybrid Ferrari’s.

– By: Alexandra Koken

Source: Car and Driver