Ferrari’s newest and most desirable supercar is named ‘laferrari’. With just 499 production vehicles to be built, this limited-series automobile combines formula one performance and sustainability with its first ever hybrid powertrain – a HY-KERS system that delivers 963 horsepower from its V12 engine and its two electric motors. equipped with a 7-speed dual-clutch gear box EF1-trac F1 electronic traction control system. The ‘laferrari’ is capable of reaching speeds over 350 km/h – launching 0-100 km/h in less than 3 seconds and 0-200 km/h in under 7 seconds, making it one of the fastest road car in the company’s history.
To boost efficiency, sports active aerodynamic devices front (diffusers and guide vane on the underbody) and rear (diffusers and rear spoiler) generate down force when needed without compromising the car’s overall drag coefficient – deploying automatically on the basis of a number of different performance parameters which are monitored in real time by the car’s dynamic vehicle controls.
Here is Chris Harris’ Review of the Ferrari Laferrari:
LaFerrari was designed by the Ferrari Styling Centre which worked in synergy with the engineering and development departments from the very start of the model’s inception.
The LaFerrari’s overall silhouette and proportions are the very natural product of its architecture and the layout of its hybrid running gear. The design is striking and innovative, yet its sleek profile remains true to Ferrari’s classic mid-rear longitudinal V12 sports car archetype: the cabin and engine compartment volumes are contained within the wheelbase to achieve the best possible balance of its masses.
Impressively, despite the addition of the KERS system, its batteries and numerous electronic components, the engineers have succeeded in ensuring that LaFerrari’s dimensions are no larger than those of the Enzo. In fact, the engineering constraints involved in packaging the two powertrains have actually resulted in a better balance between the car’s front and rear overhangs.
Seen from the side the car has a sharp, downward-sloping nose and a very low bonnet which emphasises its muscular wheelarches. The result is strongly reminiscent of the gloriously exuberant forms of late-1960s Ferrari sports prototypes, such as the 330 P4 and the 312P. The ratio of the front and wheelarch dimensions are also very much in line with Ferrari tradition.
Nowhere is the car’s extreme, sporty character more evident than in its tail section where its muscular power is uncompromisingly revealed. Here two deep grooves emerge from the interplay of surfaces over the imposing wheelarches. These efficiently channel hot air from the engine bay and in doing so contribute to boosting downforce at the rear of the car.
The engine compartment ends in a full-width nolder beneath which is concealed an unprecedented active aerodynamic device.
Sitting on a central strut, which is stylistically reminiscent of the front one and which also serves to shield the KERS, is a large adjustable spoiler which deploys automatically and does not impinge upon the sleek design of the tail.
The LaFerrari’s driving position is an entirely new concept and draws heavily on F1. Both F1 drivers were directly involved in its development, resulting in a functional cockpit that is track-inspired, delivering the perfect marriage of tradition and modernity.
The ergonomics of the LaFerrari’s driving position actually turns conventional road car concepts on their head and has a design normally seen only in racing cars: the seat is fixed but both the steering wheel and pedal box are highly adjustable to accommodate the driver’s preferred position.