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Ferrari’s first hybrid car spotted on a test drive

The recently revealed prototype of Ferrari’s first ever hybrid supercar is sure proof that the model will soon roll out in showrooms. Maranello, the home of Ferrari S.p.A. in Italy first talked about the hybrid supercar in the 2010 Geneva Motor Show. This was when the Italian carmaker first unveiled its Hybrid Concept which stemmed off from the base 599 model. Ferrari is aiming to fine tune its hybrid technology so it could bring down their CO2 emission from 310g/km in 2011 to about 240g/km by 2018.

The Ferrari’s two-seater hybrid supercar was spotted on a driving test site in Germany. The car has a red-and-white pre-reg Germnan plates, which sort of revealed its secret identity to the spy photographers who were on the scout for the Prova ID plates that other Ferrari prototypes carry. While Ferrari is adamant about confirming any rumors, the alleged prototype also carries an “S” on its plate, which suggests a Stuttgart registration where Bosch is located. Bosch is the high-end automotive technology works with Ferarri in the software and engineering aspects of the hybrid supercar.

The 599 Hybrid Concept car that was presented last year had an additional 100kg to its curb weight due to the electric equipment. However, the Italian brand has no doubt that the 599’s performance remains at 0-100mph in 10.4 seconds. A wickedly fast Traction Control System” is also in the works. With this on board, it helps reverse the torque of the electric motor. An “Electric Torque Shaping” system is also in production.