Maranello, Italy

Ferrari

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Maranello, Italy

Ferrari S.p.A. is an Italian luxury sports car manufacturer based in Maranello. Founded by Enzo Ferrari in 1929, as Scuderia Ferrari, the company sponsored drivers and manufactured race cars before moving into production of street-legal vehicles as Ferrari S.p.A. in 1947. Fiat acquired 50% of Ferrari in 1969 and expanded its stake to 85% in 2008. In 2014 Fiat announced its intentions to sell its share in Ferrari, as of the announcement Fiat owned 90% of Ferrari.Throughout its history, the company has been noted for its continued participation in racing, especially in Formula One, where it has had great success. Ferrari road cars are generally seen as a symbol of speed, luxury and wealth. Wikipedia.

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Patent
Ferrari | Date: 2017-02-22

A vehicle simulator (1) having: a pilots cabin (2), a screen (3), and a moving system (4), which is suited to move the pilots cabin (2) in the space; the moving system (4) has: a fixed base (5) arranged horizontally; a mobile platform (6), which supports the pilots cabin (2) and rests on the fixed base (5) so as to freely slide on the fixed base (5) itself; and at least one actuator device (7), which is mechanically connected to the mobile platform (6); the actuator device (7) has: at least one flexible thread-like element (8), which is mechanically connected to the mobile platform (6); and a motorized mechanism (9), which is suited to apply a pulling force to the flexible thread-like element (8), so as to always keep the flexible thread-like element (8) in tension and, when needed, pull the mobile platform (6) towards an edge of the fixed base (5).

Patent
Ferrari | Date: 2017-03-08

A method to control an electric motor (27) providing the steps of: determining a target torque (Tgt_Torque); calculating a target current (Tgt_Current) by dividing the target torque (Tgt_Torque) by a torque constant (KT); determining an equivalent impedance (RLS) by means of a predetermined map (M); calculating the voltage drop (V_I) by multiplying the target current (Tgt_Current) by the equivalent impedance (RLS); calculating a counter-electromotive force (FCEM) by multiplying an actual rotation speed (Act_Speed) by a speed constant (KV); determining a control voltage (V_Control) to be applied to the power supply terminals (30) of the electric motor (27) by adding the voltage drop (V_I) to the counter-electromotive force (FCEM); determining an offset parameter (RLS_offset); and correcting the equivalent impedance (RLS) provided by the predetermined map (M) by applying the offset parameter (RLS_offset).

Patent
Ferrari | Date: 2017-03-08

A dashboard (5) for a road vehicle (1); the dashboard (5) having: a digital screen (9); and an analogue instrument (10), which is provided with a circular support element (11) and a pointer (12) that moves inside the support element (11); the analogue instrument (10) can be arranged in an operating position, in which the analogue instrument (10) overlaps the digital screen (9) so that the support element (11) of the analogue instrument (10) covers a corresponding part of said digital screen (9); and the support element (11) of the analogue instrument (10) is opaque and has a plurality of through openings (24), through which the light generated by the underlying digital screen (9) can come out.

Patent
Ferrari | Date: 2017-03-08

A method to control a hybrid vehicle with a parallel architecture and with an unknown speed profile, wherein the hybrid vehicle is provided with an internal combustion engine (2) and with a reversible electrical machine (14) connected to a storage system (16) designed to store electrical energy; the method comprises the steps of recognizing the operating mode of the hybrid vehicle; determining a function of the specific fuel consumption (BSFC) of the drive system of the hybrid vehicle as a function of the operating mode of the hybrid vehicle; determining the optimal value of the power (P_(B)) of the storage system (16) and the optimal value of the power (P_(E)) of the internal combustion engine (2), which correspond to the values that permit a minimization of said function. Main figure: Figure 8

Patent
Ferrari | Date: 2017-03-29

A road vehicle (1) with an electric drive having: a heat engine (5) provided with a carrier shaft (6); a gearbox (10); at least one pump (25, 26) actuated by a carrier shaft (27); at least a reversible electric machine (8); a first mechanical transmission (28), which transmits the motion from the drive shaft (6) of the heat engine (5) to the carrier shaft (27) and is provided with a first freewheel (32); a second mechanical transmission (30), which transmits the motion from the shaft (23) of the electric machine (8) to the carrier shaft (27) and is provided with a second freewheel (33); and a third mechanical transmission (31), which is arranged in parallel to the second mechanical transmission (30), transmits the motion from the shaft (23) of the electric machine (8) to the carrier shaft (27), is provided with a third freewheel (34) and reverses the direction of motion with respect to the second mechanical transmission (30).

Patent
Ferrari | Date: 2017-03-08

A control method for carrying out a gear shift in a transmission (6) provided with a dual-clutch gearbox (7), so as to shift from a current gear (A) to a following gear (B); the control method comprises the steps of: receiving a gear shift command; opening a first clutch (16A) associated with the current gear (A); closing a second clutch (16B) associated with the following gear (B); determining whether a driving style is a comfort driving style, an energy efficiency driving style, a sports driving style or a racing driving style; and in case of upshifting, controlling the second clutch (16B) after the complete closing of the second clutch (16B), so as to allow said second clutch (16B) to temporarily transmit a torque that is greater than the torque to be transmitted by the second clutch (16B) immediately after the gear shift and than the torque transmitted by the first clutch (16A) immediately before the gear shift, only in case of energy efficiency or racing driving style.

Patent
Ferrari | Date: 2017-03-08

A method to control an electric motor (27) of a hydraulic system (22) of a transmission (7) in a vehicle (1); the hydraulic system (22) has a circulation pump (23), which allows a lubricant oil to circulate, and/or an actuation pump (24), which provides the hydraulic pressure needed to operate the transmission (7), a carrier shaft (25) on which the pumps (23, 24) are mounted, and the electric motor (27) designed to cause the rotation of the carrier shaft (25); the steps provided are: determining a requested torque (Req_Torque) to be applied by the electric motor (27) to the carrier shaft (25); determining a requested rotation speed (Req_Speed) to be imparted by the electric motor (27) to the carrier shaft (25); and controlling the electric motor (27) so as to pursue the requested torque (Req_Torque) and the requested rotation speed (Req_Speed).

Patent
Ferrari | Date: 2017-03-08

A control method for carrying out a gear shift in a transmission (6) provided with a dual-clutch gearbox (7), so as to shift from a current gear (A) to a following gear (B); the control method comprises the steps of; receiving a gear-shift command; filling with oil, always supplying the maximum possible oil flow rate, a second clutch (16B) associated with the following gear (B) after receiving the gear-shift command; completely closing the second clutch (16B) at the maximum possible speed as soon as the oil filling ends; and completely opening a first clutch (16A) associated with the current gear A at the maximum possible speed as soon as the oil filling in the second clutch (16B) ends.

Patent
Ferrari | Date: 2017-03-08

A method for detecting the anti-knocking capacity of a fuel in an internal combustion engine (1), which comprises the step of analysing the single combustion cycles of the cylinders (2) to be repeated until a counter (COUNTERno-det, COUNTERI, COUNTERII, COUNTERIII, COUNTERIV, COUNTERV) reaches a respective threshold value (TV_(CNTno_det), TV_(CNTI,) TV_(CNTII,) TU_(CNTIII,) TV_(CNTIV) and TV_(CNTV)); the step of calculating the mean spark advance (SA) operated by the internal combustion engine (1) in the single combustion cycles of the cylinders (2) that have allowed said counter to reach the respective threshold value; and the step of determining the anti-knocking capacity of the fuel as a function of the first counter that has reached the respective threshold value and as a function of the mean spark advance (SA) operated by the internal combustion engine (1) in the single combustion cycles of the cylinders (2) that have allowed said counter to reach the respective threshold value.

Patent
Ferrari | Date: 2017-03-08

A method to control a hybrid vehicle with a parallel architecture and with a known speed profile divided into a plurality of reference time intervals (_(i)) with a constant speed or with a constant acceleration; comprising the steps of determining a driving torque (_(OPT)) to be transmitted to the drive wheels, which allows the mean specific fuel consumption (BSFC) of the internal combustion engine (2) to be minimized as a function of the power (P_(i)), of the mechanical energy (E_(i)) requested in the reference time interval (A_(i)) and of the constant speed or acceleration (n_(i)^(1); n_(i)^(1), n_(i)^(2)) in the reference time interval (_(i)); then determining the optimal distribution of the mechanical energy (E_(i)) so as to globally minimize the cumulative fuel consumption over the entire actuation profile; and controlling the reversible electrical machine (14) to deliver an additional driving torque (_(ME)) as a function of the driving torque (_(OPT)) to be transmitted to the drive wheels.