Ferrari's HY-KERS Hybrid system presented at the 2010 Geneva Motor Show, is explained through a 3D video clip.
At the 80th Geneva International Motor Show, Ferrari presented a vettura laboratorio, translated as experimental vehicle. The car was based on the 599 GTB Fiorano and utilised the services of a hybrid powertrain. Previous reports had revealed a hybrid schematic supposedly from Ferrari and subsequently the company confirmed intentions of showing a 599 Hybrid in Geneva.
Not one to be left behind by competitors, most notably Porsche, the Italian team had been working on a five-year plan to reduce fuel consumption and C02 emissions across its entire range. Called HY-KERS, the system consists of flat lithium-ion batteries, a V12 petrol engine and a 7-speed double-clutch transmission.
The compact, 40kg (88 lbs) tri-phase, high-voltage electric motor produces over 74kW (99 bhp/ 101 PS) and cuts in during acceleration, thus providing instantaneous torque when moving away from standstill and during overtaking. During city driving situations the system can become a full electric operation, meaning it does not use the petrol unit.
The batteries can also be recharged using kinetic energy recovery (KERS) collected under braking conditions. A dedicated electronics module controls this phase and also powers ancillaries such as power steering and air conditioning through a generator mounted on the V12.
See how it all works in this 3D animation video.