If you’re planning to soon buy a Ferrari – known for its popular V12 engine, which is rare in the automobile realm – then you’ll have the chance to enjoy luxury while also being green. That means both you and Mother Earth will share a smile as you ride in one of the most popular sports cars worldwide.
Italian automaker Ferrari recently announced that it will combine its V12 engines with green technology for future productions of its vehicles. These new hybrid engines will generate less carbon dioxide in addition to using less gas, thus being more Earth-friendly and wallet-friendly than ever before. It’s not a bad idea as fuel prices continue to skyrocket, just as the demand for eco-friendly driving alternatives also remains on the upswing.
When the new green engine does come on the market (at this point, the time is unknown), it will become a standard offering and therefore will not be an option. The company’s previous work with its 2010 HY-KERS hybrid engine concept has prepared it to move forward with a contemporary version of a green vehicle.
Ferrari’s 2010 concept used a stock Ferrari 599 GTB and KERS hybrid system (kinetic energy recovery system). It essentially included a low-capacity electric motor toward the front as well as one toward the back along with flat lithium-ion batteries located on the car’s floor pan. Under breaking, the electric drive unit behaved as a generator, essentially using the kinetic energy from the negative torque produced to recharge the batteries.
Ferrari already launched its F12 Berlinetta in early March – the fastest and strongest car from the Ferrari brand. Although the Italian company’s future green vehicle engines likely will be a bit pricey at first, the costs should decrease as this green technology area continues to improve, experts say.
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