The Hybrid Ferrari


The Ferrari F12 Berlinetta was unveiled and it secured the future of the V12 line for the Italian supercar maker. It also signaled the company’s compliance with current European Union standards on CO2 emissions, without sacrificing power and design of its fabled engine layout and design.

It called the Berlinetta as the “first in a new generation of V12s”. Because of the pressure from environmentalists that forced the carmaker to seek other engine designs. This design also factored in the F1-inspired KERS system, thus making the engine retain the V12 setup.

According to Ferrari head Amedeo Felisa, “We will roll out new technology that is there first and foremost to introduce a green factor to our cars and ensure that we can keep our product where it is in terms of CO2.”

He added, “Our hybrid system won’t just be about creating power, but saving energy, too. Yes that technology is expensive today, but the road ahead is open and evolution will bring down the cost and weight disadvantages. I’m not saying when, but it is possible that this technology will be on all Ferraris. It has been designed to fit all our future architecture and if we go ahead it will fitted as standard. It is not the sort of thing you offer as an option.”

The 2013 Ferrari F12 Berlinetta is the most powerful Ferrari ever built, with a Fiorano lap time of just one minute and twenty three seconds, a full second faster then the previous best time on the course. The whole vehicle was designed by the Ferrari Styling Center working with Pininfarina.

The construction of the Ferrari F12 Berlinetta is its shorter wheelbase, lower center of gravity and an engine built much deeper into the vehicles chassis. It weighs in at a total of 3362 pounds. It has a 6.3 liter V-12 engine with a 729 horsepower producing 508 pound feet of torque. It also uses the Michelin Pilot Super Sport Tires, using the Tri-Compound and Bi-Compound treads, with Variable Contact Patch technology. It also uses the Twaron Belt, a strong high density fiber giving the tire high speed stability.