An image from Ferrari shows how the V-12 and HY-KERS hybrid system will fit inside the new supercar debuting in Detroit next January.
Mention hybrids and most folks will likely picture a slow and staid automobile whose primary advantage is fuel efficiency. But a new Ferrari, codenamed F150, is likely to change that perception.
And, no, that’s not the Italian maker’s first-ever truck. F150 is internal code for what is expected to be the successor to the legendary Ferrari Enzo. What name it will use in the showroom remains a top secret but Italian media are speculating it could be the F70.
Based on an ultra-light carbon fiber chassis, the new model is expected to pack a 900-horsepower drivetrain into its engine bay, a powertrain pairing a V-12 gasoline engine and a lithium-ion-based hybrid system.
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To put things into comparison, that’s nine times more than the standard Toyota Prius and seven times more than the bigger Prius V. Measured another way, Ferrari has revealed the F150 will make about 0.61 horsepower per pound of weight, one of the best power-to-weight ratios ever seen, so 0 to 60 times could be at least four times faster than that of your everyday hybrid.