La Ferrari is not just an ordinary Ferrari. It is the ultimate hypercar created by the brand and there will only be 499 of them. It is a limited series car much like its predecessors- the Enzo, F50 etc. So how does it hold up against its chief rivals? Does it give McLaren P1 or a Porsche 918 Spyder a run for its money? The answer would be a yes!
Costing a whopping £ 1 million, it’s a car for the few. With a 6262 cc naturally aspirated engine, the LaFerrari packs a power punch of 950bhp. The V12 engine generates 790bhp at 9000rpm and 516lb ft of torque at 6750rpm. So where does the remaining power come from? Seated firmly under the seats is a 60kg lithium ion battery pack. The battery packs an additional 160bhp of power via a 25.7kg motor pipe to give a combined output of 950bhp in total.
The Hy-Kers System is a huge technological leap for Ferrari, making LaFerrari its most high performing and efficient Ferrari of ever. Ferrari’s F1 expertise with KERS system has been put to application in its road car. The Hy-Kers in return guarantees the utmost integration of V12 engine and the electric motor. This means that the energy is being constantly harvested. There is an unending power all through the rev range. The machine packs a maximum torque of 900Nm.
The seven speed F1 dual-clutch gearbox is teamed with the electric motor and an auxiliary electric motor. It replaces the traditional alternator. This in turn saves weight and reduces the overall dimensions of the packaging. The power unit is produced by Getrag.
The chassis is high impact and penetration resistant. The lowering of weight, seat structure, ensures a compact design and a low centre of gravity. The chassis is built in Maranello, entirely in-house, alongside the single seater F1 cars. The carbon fiber used in the car is cured in the autoclaves used to cure F1 chassis.
LaFerrari packs a highest seed of 350km per hour. It reaches 0-100km per hour in less than 3 seconds, 0-200km per hour in less than 7 seconds and 0-300km per hour in 15 seconds sharp. The car has double wishbones at the corners. It has coil springs with electronically controlled dampers. There is a huge carbon ceramic disc brake manufactured by Brembo. Electronics are at the crux of the car’s Alma Mater. Front and rear wins are actively deployed to serve two running configurations of high and low down force.
The cabin is beautiful and precious with more headspace than the Enzo. Ferrari says the driver’s seat is halfway between a normal sports car and that of an F1 car. There is a TFT digital display for all the specs and features.
The 10litre V12 makes LaFerrari a dream. It is difficult to miss the Ferrari V12 engine sound on the LaFerrari. The tuning of the exhaust in particular ensures that the sound of the V12 is music to the ear.