2010 Ferrari 599 HY-KERS Concept
So you've heard and read all about the F1-inspired Ferrari 599 HY-KERS hybird GT car. But how does it work? Well, if a picture's worth a thousand words, this video is worth a million, illustrating the system's layout, interaction and function in just over a minute.
Ferrari's 599 HY-KERS "vettura laboratorio" borrows the kinetic energy recovery system (KERS) method of hybrid power from last season's F1 development, and though the technology has lost favor with the FIA, it's apparently good enough to see some use in an experimental road car. Though it adds some weight and considerable complexity, it cuts emissions by up to 35 percent and adds a 100-horsepower boost to the already brawny 599 GTB, so it's hard to argue with the concept, at least, when money is no object.