LaFerrari leads the next generation hypercar charge.
The fastest, most brutal Ferrari ever built wil beat the Mclaren P1 to 300km/h by staggering 1.5 second. It’ll reach the tripple-tonne in 15.5 seconds, with 100 km/h passed in less than three seconds, while it’s five seconds faster than the Enzo around the Fiorano test circuit. Yes, the LaFerrari has an odd name. It’s also the first Ferrari hybrid, but it’s not for wimps or eco-conscious Hollywood celebs, and all 499 to be built have already been sold.
What makes this car a true benchmark in the hypercar wars between Ferrari, Lamborghini, Porsche and McLaren is its sheer performance.
How do you put a 674kW McLaren P1 in the shade? With 588kW 6.3 – litre V12 and a 120kWw electric motor pushing output up to 718kW. The 6262cc, 65-degree engine uses continuously variable-length intakes, packs a compression ratio of 13.5:1, spins top 9250rpm, has 700Nm, and combined with the electric motor’s torque curve, delivers a whopping 900Nm torque.
Ferrari claims that the HY-KERS system’s variable-frequency control makes torque delivery ‘rapid and precise’ . The seven-speed dual-clutch gearbox is more or less identical to the unit tucked in the rear of the Scuderia’s F138 Formula One Car.
HY-KERS gives the LaFerrari a massive power to weight advantage over the heavier P1: in fact, it’s 564 kW/tonne figure eclipses even the Bugati Veyron Super Sport’s 468kW/tonne.
The HY-KERS system was shown on the F12 at Geneva Show 2012 before this version — adapted to a mid-engine application – was shown at the 2012 Beijing Show, with a claimed 10 percent boost in performance and with a 40 percent reduction in emissions.
Legendary F1 race designer Rory Byrne, who was responsible for 11 of Ferrari’s World Championship-winning cars, led a working group of GT and F1 engineering specialist on the LaFerrari program, and in the flesh the car is purposefully wide and incredibly low measuring 4.7m long, 2.0 across and just 1.1m high. Wheelbase is 2650mm, and claimed weight distribution 41/59 front to rear. The centre of gravity is a massive 35mm lower than the Enzo’s.
The chassis is built in house in Maranello using the F1 team’s production processes, including extensive use of preimpregnated composites. Including four different types of carbonfire.
Suspension is double wishone front and multi link rear, and rims are 19s at the front and 20s at the rear, shod with 265/30 and 345/30 Pirelli P-Zero rubber front to rear respectively.
Collaboration with aero engineers, validating design evolutions in the F1 team wind tunnel, led to a tightly wrapped design seamlessly marrying minimalist form with aerodynamic function.
Active aerodynamics works in concert concert with front and rear diffusers, the integrated rear wing, an underbody guide vane and complex channels like the concave section between the rear wheels.
Inside, the driver’s seat is positioned for each owner, with the lower section fixed as an integral part of the carbon tub. An adjustable pedal box and smaller reach and height steering wheel deliver position flexibility. Longer shift-paddles are part of ‘track inspired’ cockpit layout.