First off, let’s get the name thing out of the way. It’s not the “Ferrari LaFerrari”, or even “The LaFerrari” – it’s just “LaFerrari”. LaFerrari is the latest incarnation of the ultimate Ferrari, starting with the 288GTO and most recently the Enzo. While the F40 and even the F50 were sexy, curvy monsters, LaFerrari is all technology.
Starting with the carbon fiber tub, light weight is the name of the game. Heck, there aren’t even really seats in it. The driver and passenger sit on padded carbon-fiber forms incorporated into the rear bulkhead. Total weight of the car is just a bit over 2800 pounds. Power comes from a 6.3-liter V12, with a 9250 rpm redline, which is good for 800hp. There is a HY-KERS system that adds another 163hp, meaning a grand total of 963hp and 660 lb.ft torque. Wow. 0-60 happens in under the now hyper car required 3 seconds, 124mph in less than 7 seconds, and the top speed is 230mph. A seven-speed automated-manual transaxle shifts faster than you can blink.
Aerodynamics are F1 based with active aerodynamics, including active diffusers front and rear, guide vanes on the underbody, and an active rear spoiler all aimed at providing downforce when needed without any additional drag when not.
So is it quick? Well, when they tested it on the Fiorano test track, it lapped 5 seconds faster than the Enzo and 3 seconds faster than the F12 – so yes, it’s REALLY quick.
Price? Who knows. Availability? Ferrari has to approve you to buy one, and since they are only building 499 of them, chances are you aren’t getting approved. All we know, is we can’t wait to see it do a hot lap on Top Gear!