Ferrari adapted a Formula 1 racing technology to produce a hybrid supercar that uses a bit less fuel, emits fewer grams of CO2 and, oh by the way, accelerates to 60 mph in less than 3 seconds. The Ferrari LaFerrari captures excess power under braking or when the engine produces a surplus of power (which you might say is “always”) to a battery pack and then to two electric motors. One provides boost to the V12 gasoline engine and the other drives accessories. LaFerrari’s HY-KERS (hybrid kinetic energy recovery system) system runs along with the engine, never on its own, so it is technically considered a mild hybrid, just like the Honda Civic and Chevrolet Malibu.
LaFerrari, also known as the F70 and F150, was introduced at the 2013 Geneva Motor Show. Along with the Frankfurt Auto Show that happens only in odd years, they’re the world’s biggest auto shows. This year’s auto show was a celebration of high-performance cars and green cars, or a twofer in Ferrari’s case, as well as mainstream cars for European and world markets.