I came across these magnificent shots on the Ferrari Magazine and now I just want to write about it.
This is how it looks
What we know so far..
LaFerrari hides one of the most technologically advanced power trains ever put on a road car. It's a 949 Hp beast combining 160 Hp of pure electric power with a 6.3-liter V12 producing 789 Hp.
When it comes to performance, the Enzo replacement sheds 5 seconds off its predecessor's time around the Fiorano test track, which is a lot since we are talking about a 2.9 km (1.86 miles) long circuit.
Just like its direct competitor, the McLaren P1, the Maranello engineers didn't focus on top speed in the first place. Instead, they focused their energy on making the new hypercar as aerodynamically efficient as possible. The result is a car that can sprint from 0 to 100 Km/h (62 mph) in less than three seconds with the 200 Km/h (124 mph) bar destroyed after just another four seconds. So who cares if the top speed is just 330 Km/h (205 mph) is the car is able to reach 200 Km/h even before you can finish saying that number...
Is it greener than you think?
Ferrari said that they will never make hybrid cars that run on electric-only mode (like a Toyota Prius). But this video seems to be the proof that they actually did. Look and listen carefully at 2:24, the LaFerrari leaving the Ferrari factory in Maranello seems too quiet for a V12 powered car..
Is it just rolling or is it using its High-KERS system's electric motor? Besides why would the test driver start the engine on a rolling car? Afraid to wake up someone inside?
As an embedded software programmer my self, I think that this feature in only software dependent.. So why would Ferrari remove that from the production version if the prototypes in the video were proved to be really running on electric only mode?
..Or did they just change their mind in the last minute since the production of the car didn't start just yet? Have a look at the video below and tell us what you think.
How it looks (again)
What it can do
Nürburgring lap time
The only question that everyone is asking is: will it be faster than the Porsche 918 Spyder. We all know that there's a lap time in the works. Let's hope our patience will be rewarded!
Who bought it?
Ferrari does not have any problem, at all, to sell its $1 million plus hybrid supercar. In fact it has established some very severe criteria for the very special waiting list of very special potential customers waiting for the their chance to get their hands on the almighty LaFerrari. Among those customers we find Jamiroquai who bought a fifth Ferrari in order to become eligible to buying his dream hypercar and Real Madrid star Cristiano Ronaldo who might have to negotiate a higher price tag or buy a fifth Ferrari as well.
We also know that Pink Floyd's drummer Nick Mason is already a big fan and a loyal customer to the prancing horse marque and we know that he already owns an Enzo. Eric Clapton is also a very special customer but we also know that Mr slow hand likes his Ferraris to be unique, even more unique than 399 units. James Glinkenhaus, owner of the Enzo based P4/5 might be on the list too.
And finally, how it looks
But can I buy it in a color other than Red?
Yes, you can have your LaFerrari also in Giallo Modena or Nero. But if you really, really insist, maybe there is an other way around...