The KERS system converts a moving vehicle's kinetic energy when braking into either a mechanical or kinetic enerygy. This energy is stored in a reservoir like a flywheel or batteries for later use to aid acceleration. Besides being useful, it its heavy. The KERS system used in Formula 1 cars can weigh up to 25kg.
Ferrari CEO, Amedeo Felisa commented:
“This technology is expensive today, but it has been designed to fit all our future architecture. If we go ahead, it will be fitted as standard. It’s not the sort of thing you offer as an option,”
The new V12 hybrid engine is expected to debut in the Enzo’s successor.
Still, Ferrari has not given up the idea of a turbocharged six cylinder engine in the future.
“Why not six cylinders? It’s far away in the future, perhaps, but it is clear that perceptions have altered. Even in the US, where until a few years ago eight cylinders was the minimum, it is clear attitudes have changed,” said Felisa.