February 15, 2013
2014 Ferrari F70 HY-KERS Unveiled, Well Almost
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After long awaited, anticipation the Ferrari F70 will finally be unveiled and exotic car enthusiasts will be in awe. The presentation will occur at the Geneva Auto Show in March 2013.
An actual image of this rocket on wheels has not been released; however, there have been a few teaser images that were leaked out over the internet. The photo here is a rendition of what the car should look like; at least similar to it, anyway.
The first leaked photo made its way from a Ferrari event in China, late 2012. It shows a car peeking out from the shadows with headlights showing, and the unmistakable Ferrari symbol on the nose. This sparked an onslaught of rumors and excitement to every Ferrari fanatic out there.
The next teaser photo was officially released by Ferrari. Again just showing a car in the shadows, but this time, it was the tail end of the car showing the Ferrari symbol and low profile body.
The first leaked photo that started it all back in December 2012, was a little fuzzy. The Italian auto maker gave in to the pressure of these photos making their way around the net, and released a clearer version of the first photo.
Along with the photo was a statement, “Geneva Motor Show I am coming to take your hearts away. Most Powerful HyperFerrari on its way to take your breath away, a hypercar which can eclipse any competition. Formula1 technology direct inherited into this masterpiece, a car which can turn into a corner as quick as a Formula1 car, a car packed with downforce as a real Formula1 car.” The message ended with, #destroythecompetition.
Not too much is known about the F70 super car, but some facts have been released, mainly just to tease us, just as the photos did.
It will come with a 6.3-L V-12 hybrid drivetrain called the HY-KERS system. On the engine side of this system, the internal combustion chambers will use multi-spark technology for efficiency, meaning the plug will fire multiple times while the piston is compressing the fuel on its way to top-dead-center. This makes full use of the combustion of the fuel leaving none to go to waste.
The transmission has seven speeds and is dual clutched. Behind the transmission is a high power traction motor that electrifies the transmission giving it a power boost on top of the power it receives from the engine. An auxiliary generator is attached to the engine that only charges the battery when needed.
On the performance side, utilizing all these techno gadgets, this supercar delivers 920 HP, rockets from 0 – 124 MPH in 6.5 seconds, and can reach a top speed of an estimated 250 MPH.
Ferrari also lowered the weight by 2,500 pounds using carbon-fiber panels. This carbon-fiber is used in the construction of nuclear reactors. F1 designer Rory Byrne said: “We can use different forms of carbon fiber according to the loads on areas of the chassis, ensuring strength where we need it but never more than we need. We have evaluated what the requirements are for each part of the car; weight saving, high stiffness and so on; and been able to apply different types of carbon fiber accordingly. No other car manufacturer has been able to do this.”
There will only be 500 of the Ferrari F70 HY-KERS to be offered at a price tag around $1,900,000.
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