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It now looks almost certain that Ferrari will use hybrid technology for the next iteration of its range-topping supercar line, according to reports.
Following the iconic 288 GTO, F40, F50 and Enzo hypercars, the next model--dubbed by some as F70--looks set to use Ferrari's HY-KERS hybrid system, which pairs two electric motors with a 12-cylinder gasoline engine, a Ferrari hallmark.
According to Bloomberg, the Enzo successor could cost over $850,000 when it goes on sale next year, sure to make it the most expensive--and no doubt fastest--hybrid on sale.
Ferrari revealed its HY-KERS drivetrain at the 2012 Beijing Motor Show, perhaps conscious that next to the U.S, China is likely to be the largest market for the supercar.
HY-KERS uses a relatively lightweight two-motor hybrid system, assisting the V-12 motor and putting power through a twin-clutch transmission. Ferrari claims that the system adds 1 kilowatt of extra power for every 2.2 pounds in weight the hybrid drivetrain adds. Total power could be over 900-horsepower. Ferrari expects a 0-60 mph time of under three seconds, and you can bet on a top speed of over 200 miles per hour.
Though unlikely to match Prius levels of parsimony, it's also likely to be among the greener supercars ever produced, as Ferrari strives to meet ever more stringent emissions and economy legislation, despite offering its customers more power and performance. Emissions could be improved by as much as 40 percent over the Enzo.
"Dedicated Ferrari drivers look first at power and technology," explained Fabio Barone, chairman of the Passione Rossa owners' club, speaking to Bloomberg.
The F70 won't be the only hybrid supercar to emerge over the next few years either. Porsche is set to field the 770-horsepower 918 Spyder, and Acura is currently working on the next NSX, which will use a hybrid all-wheel drive system.
Those will join other hybrid supercars from BMW, Jaguar and Infiniti, if all reach production.
Ferrari is set to unveil the Enzo's successor later this year.