Text: Dean Ang / Photos: Ferrari Press | posted March 06, 2013 12:44
Limited to 499 units worldwide
After a couple of teasing prior to the show, Ferrari finally took the wraps off the Enzo successor, the Ferrari LaFerrari. Yes, it turns out that Ferrari scratched the codenames F70 and F150 and decided to name it as it is because it 'defines excellence'.
“We chose to call this model LaFerrari,” declared Luca di Montezemolo, President, Ferrari “because it is the maximum expression of what defines our company – excellence. Excellence in terms of technological innovation, performance, visionary styling and the sheer thrill of driving. Aimed at our collectors, this is a truly extraordinary car which encompasses advanced solutions that, in the future, will find their way onto the rest of the range, and it represents the benchmark for the entire automotive industry."
Although its name surely raised a lot of eyebrows, the technology behind its amazing power figures will surely make up for it. The LaFerrari hosts a lot of technological firsts that will soon make its way to future Ferrari road cars. To start off, it is powered by a hybrid system that features a 788.74hp 6262cc V12 engine that revs up to 9,250rpm that is coupled to a 160.71hp electric motor for a combined power output of 949.45hp and a total torque of 900Nm.
For its performance figures, it accelerates from 0 to 100 km/h in less than 3 seconds and reaches 200km/h in under 7 seconds. It has a lap time of under 1'20" at Fiorano which is 5 seconds faster than the Enzo and 3 seconds faster than the F12berlinetta making it Maranello's fastest road car yet.
Its F1-inspired Kinetic Energy Recovery System(KERS) charges the batteries in different instances like braking and every time excess torque is produced by the engine when cornering. It also keeps the engine revolution high enough for better acceleration when exiting a corner. It is also equipped with an F1 dual-clutch gearbox that can transfer torque from the wheels back to the batteries.
Aside from its powerful hybrid system and well engineered body shell, the LaFerrari sports a number of active aerodynamic devices like front and rear diffusers, guide vanes under the body, and rear spoiler. These devices deploys automatically depending on driver input and driving conditions.
Pricing is yet to be revealed by Ferrari although a limited production of just 499 units was announced by the company.
Make sure you watch and enjoy the amazing video of the LaFerrari below: