It might be a little odd of Ferrari to call their new model LaFerrari but as Ferrari’s President, Luca di Montezemolo explained, “it is the maximum expression of what defines our company – excellence”. To be honest I don’t really understand it either.
The LaFerrari is hybrid and like all of Ferrari’s ultra-cars it will be limited to 499 models and will have an expected price of around £1 million. With a lap time at Fiorano circuit of less than 1’20”, it is 5 seconds faster than the Enzo and over 3 seconds faster than the F12berlinetta. LaFerrari is thus the fastest road car in Maranello’s has ever produced.
The Ferrari LaFerrari is a hybrid that is powered by a petrol 6.3 litre V12 engine that outputs 789bhp working in tandem a 161bhp electric motor to give a total output of 950 bhp. This will launch the LaFerrari from 0-62 mph in under 3 seconds, 0-124 mph takes under 7 seconds with a maximum speed of over 217 mph.
On the CO2 front the LaFerrari emits 330 g/km, which whilst can hardly be called green it is a significant improvement over cars of the past, such as the Enzo.
The electric motor can provide high levels of torque low down whilst the petrol engine can be optimised to provide a punch in the higher rev band, thus providing a constant supply of power throughout the rev range. The LaFerrari features a seven-speed F1 dual-clutch gearbox and it can run exclusively on electric power for a few miles.
The car’s extreme performance potential has called for a different tyre set-up, with 265/30 R 19 Pirelli P-Zeros on the front and 345/30 R 20s on the rear.Published 6 March 2013