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Luxury hybrids take center stage
When you talk about Ferrari, you're usually discussing horsepower, torque and cornering, not C02. But concerns over the environmental impact of all that horsepower and torque have even the most performance-oriented automakers looking at ways to burn less gas. You can see some of the results in the Geneva Motor Show, which recently opened to the media in Switzerland.
Ferrari boasts that this experimental hybrid car has a lower center of gravity -- thanks to the placement of an electric motor and batteries -- than the standard 599. The high-voltage electric motor is connected to a 7-speed Formula 1-style transmission. Ferrari's goal was to offset every kilogram in added weight from the hybrid system with at least one horsepower in additional force, so the 40 pound motor produces up to 100 horsepower.