Ferrari's eagerly anticipated limited-series special, the 2013 LaFerrari, was recently unveiled at the Geneva International Motor Show where it impressed one and all with its excellent form and design.
|Vehicle Type: Coupe||Base Price: $1,150,000-$1,500,000|
|Length: 185.1 in. (470.2 cm)||Wheel Base: 104.3 in. (265 cm)|
|Height: 43.9 in. (111.6 cm)||Width: 78.4 in. (199.2 cm)|
|Luggage Capacity: NA||Maximum Seating: 2 people|
|Engine: V12 Hybrid||Displacement: 6.3 Liter|
|Horsepower: 800 HP (combustion)||Max RPM: 9250 RPM|
|Horsepower: 163 HP (Electric)||Total Horsepower: 963 HP|
|Torque: 664 lb-ft @ 6750 rpm||Transmission: 7-Speed DCT|
|0-60 mph: 2.9 seconds||Maximum Speed: 217 mph (349 km/h)|
Naming of LaFerrari
Luca di Montezemolo explained that the reason why this model was chosen to be called LaFerrari or "The Ferrari" is because of that the vehicle is the maximum expression of excellence - the defining factor behind the company.
LaFerrari is aimed at collectors but it is believed that the advanced solutions that are incorporated into it will gradually trickle down into later Ferraris, and even probably the entire automobile industry. LaFerrari employs a hybrid technology which is called HY-KERS, and which ensures that Ferrari delivers maximum performance at lower emissions.
In fact at 330gm/km of CO2, at the level of power that LaFerrari commands, which, without resorting to electric-only, drive is an environmental feat worthy of recognition. The HY-KERS system is so designed that in the future, electric-only versions of LaFerrari can be developed.
This superb technology relies on charging the batteries in unique ways, two of which are during braking and every time the V12 engine produces excessive torque. In these cases, the excess energy is used rather than being wasted away on the wheels, the surplus torque is sent to the batteries and the energy is stored there.
This decision of sending the torque as energy to the batteries rather than to the wheels, is derived from an optimal algorithm that has been developed primarily for this purpose and is being seen for the first time ever in a car.
All this combines to provide the maximum thrill of driving, as Montezemolo described. The performance is completely top-notch: 62 mph is reached within 3 seconds and 124 mph is reached in less than 7. And on the fabled tracks of Maranello, it has been the fastest road car, completing one lap in under 1 min and 20 seconds. Ferrari, it seems, has delivered its best yet.