Ferrari is going green(ish?), the Italian maker reportedly readying a kinetic energy-based hybrid system that will be used in the replacement for its top-line supercar, the Enzo.
The technology will be similar to the gas-electric system the maker’s Formula One team has been experimenting with, while the vehicle itself is expected to bear a strong similarity to the 599 Hy-kers concept car Ferrari brought to the Geneva Motor Show earlier this year.
Like the rest of the industry, Ferrari is coming under increasing pressure to clean up its emissions, especially in Europe, where tough new CO2 standards are going into effect. Most of its high-line competitors are exploring their electric options and some, like Mercedes-Benz, are openly embracing the potential advantages of battery power, which can yield enormous torque as soon as a vehicle’s motor starts spinning. Mercedes is currently field testing a battery-powered version of its new SLS supercar, while rival Audi’s eTron would provide an electric alternative to the R8.
At the Geneva show, senior Ferrari officials indicated the Hy-kers was more than just a pie-in-the-sky show car. But Auto Week magazine is now quoting the maker’s CEO Luca di Montezemelo as confirming there will be a battery-electric successor to the Enzo, a limited-edition carbon fiber supercar, of which just 400 were produced between 2002 and 2004.