Ferrari Forced To Build Hybrids, According To Autocar

2010 Ferrari 599 HY-KERS Concept

2010 Ferrari 599 HY-KERS Concept

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 Ferrari is a low-volume manufacturer, their production numbers pale in comparison like that of Fiat. Their cars, despite being capable of commuting, are normally left for the weekend and do not see the mileage of other, high-selling cars.

Yet Autocar is reporting that in an interview at the Beijing Motor Show, Ferrari “Boss” Amedeo Felisa claims that the Ferrari 599 Hybrid concept was a way of assuring their customers. The goal was that the characteristic of their cars would not change and that they will be around when the emission regulations become too much for Ferrari currently.

The company is holding out until the government will force them, probably around 2015, to cut down on their emission standards. In the interview Felisa said, “Lowering emissions of every Ferrari will not save the planet, but it will cost us a lot of money.”

The Ferrari 599 Hybrid’s combined drivetrain would bring the horsepower total to 720 hp and 554 ft lbs of torque. The car will reach 124 miles an hour in 10.4 seconds, all the while producing less C02 emissions and better fuel economy. The car is heavier than the regular 599 by about 80 pounds.

The car sounds like an amazing car, much better than the current 599, but apparently Ferrari feels that it’s unnecessary.

[Source: Autocar]

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