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A 900 hp Hybrid? Think Ferrari

Italian maker's Enzo successor coming to Detroit Auto Show.

by on Oct.09, 2012

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.


First Look: 2013 Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG E-Cell

Putting the battery car on steroids.

by on Jan.11, 2011

The battery-powered version of the Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG supercar will reach dealers in 2013.

Who said battery cars are for geeks?  Well, rich geeks, perhaps, because it will take a Silicon Valley entrepreneur to afford the battery-powered supercar Mercedes-Benz is formally introducing at this year’s Detroit Auto Show.

The 2013 Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG E-Cell is not a Nissan Leaf.  Like the conventionally-powered 2-seater, this is a car designed for those who put a premium on performance, but it will also offer the owner some green bragging rights.

“It’s our most exciting way of cutting emissions ever,” proclaimed Dieter Zetsche, CEO of Daimler AG and head of its Mercedes brand during a preview at the North American International Auto Show.  “It’s like climbing out of an F4 Phantom jet and into an X-Wing fighter in Star Wars – except this is not science fiction.”

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Ignoring, for the moment, the neon lime green matte paint the prototype revealed at Cobo Center is visually very much in keeping with the gasoline-powered version of the Mercedes SLS, notably including the supercar’s striking gull-wing doors.  There are only subtle revisions to improve the efficiency of what was already a highly aerodynamic body.