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Patent applications from Ferrari have revealed some details on a new hybrid system for its performance road cars.
Ever since the FIA motorsport governing body permitted the application of a KERS (Kinetic Energy Recovery System) in Formula 1, Ferrari had intended to trickle down its latest racing technology and apply it to its line of sports cars. At the Geneva Auto Show of 2010, Ferrari first introduced its new gas-electric hybrid concept based on the Ferrari 599, dubbed the HY-KERS.
After a duration without much word on HY-KERS development, Ferrari CEO Amedeo Felisa revealed last month of continuing hybrid developments that will allow its V12 engines to become more fuel efficient and meet the demands of future emission regulations as well as the demands from Ferrari’s eco-conscious customers.
Rather than borrowing from team Scuderia Ferrari’s flywheel-based KERS racing technology, the Ferrari patent applications illustrate a more conventional electric motor and battery setup. The patent also states that the battery may be replaced with a supercapacitor as an alternative energy storage device.
In detail, the design features two electric motors, one sending power to the wheels and the other used to generate energy for on-board electronic devices including the air-conditioning and power steering systems. Another patent application features designs where the electric motor is mounted in between the cylinder banks of the V12 engine or mounted directly to the gearbox – the latter similar in setup to the 2010 HY-KERS concept car.
Ferrari’s hybrid patent filings are exclusively designed for front engine vehicles for now, possibly applied for future Ferrari FF and F12 models.
GALLERY: Ferrari HY-KERS
[Source: Car and Driver]
So many luxury auto-brand watches, so little time. Making it even harder to settle on just one, Ferrari has just released its latest timepiece to the market – the new Ferrari Lap Time chronograph.
With only 399 watches being made, you can expect the Lap Time to go fast. Featuring a black rubber strap, it’s adorned with a Ferrari shield logo and “Scuderia Ferrari” embossing. It also features an original valve of the F2003-GA World Champion, Ferrari’s 49th single-seater that gave Michael Schumacher his sixth Drivers’ title and Ferrari its fifth Constructors’ crown.
Presented in an elegant carbon-fiber box, the Lap Time is secured inside a black display. The lid sports the Scudetto Ferrari logo, and a plaque on the outside announces the watch’s manufacturing number.
Boasting a brilliant combination of superb accuracy and functions, this is an ideal all-round, high performance chronograph. Other features you’ll love include an analogical display of main time, with Swiss high-precision movement; digital display for 2 more secondary time zones; chronometer, partial time, tachometer, countdown; rubber watch strap, unbreakable glass, waterproof, guarantees functionality and comfort under extreme conditions.
The price tag isn’t too bad either – the Ferrari Lap Time retails for 499 euro, which translates to about $688 U.S.
[Source: Top Speed]