Geneva Motor Show was the scene where one of the most amazing cars was presented today. It is LaFerrari.
Ferrari’s President, Luca di Montezemolo declared that they “chose to call this model LaFerrari because it is the maximum expression of what defines our company – excellence. Excellence in terms of technological innovation, performance, visionary styling and the sheer thrill of driving”. Of particular significance is the introduction of the hybrid system which has resulted in a solution that exalts Ferrari’s fundamental values – performance and driving thrills.
The soul of LaFerrari is a V12 6262cc engine that has 800 HP (588 kW) at 9,000 rpm and 516 lb-ft (700 Nm) of torque at 6,750 rpm. The electric motor provides an extra 163 HP (120 kW) and 199 lb-ft (270 Nm). The hybrid technology used, known as HY-KERS, represents the perfect combination of maximum performance and lower emissions. Ferrari says the car emits 330 g/km of CO2. LaFerrari has a total combined output of 963 HP (708 kW) and can have 9,250 rpm. All that power is sent to the wheels through a seven-speed DCT. The car will reach 0-100 km/h (0-62 mph) in less than three seconds, 0-200 km/h (0-124 mph) in under seven seconds and 0-300 km/h (186 mph) in 15 seconds. Maximum speed is somewhere around 350 km/h (217 mph).
The LaFerrari’s architecture meant the first challenge for the Ferrari team at the planning stage of the design. The aim was to achieve ideal weight distribution (59% at the rear) and a compact wheelbase despite the extra bulk of the hybrid system. LaFerrari is 4702mm long, 1992mm wide and 1116mm tall. It has a 2665mm wheelbase. It weighs 1,255 kg (2,766 lbs). The front of the supercar possesses a double wishbone suspension and the back gets a multi-link setup. It rides on 19-inch front wheels with 265/30 tires and 20-inch rear wheels with 345/30 tires.
Brembo carbon ceramic brakes represent the stopping power, measuring 398 x 223 x 36mm front / 380 x 253 x 34 mm rear. Electronic controls include ESC stability control, EF1-TRAC, third-gen differential and magnetorheological damping with twin solenoids.
The LaFerrari is the first car in Ferrari history to be powered by the HY-KERS system. The HY-KERS system weighs 140 kg (308 lbs), with 62 kg (136 lbs) of the weight being represented by the centrally-mounted batteries. The battery pack recharges whenever the power unit generates excess torque and also via regenerative braking.
Ferrari confirmed that their plan is to manufacture only 499 units. The deliveries time it is yet uncertain. However, reports are suggesting a fall arrival. Most of the cars have already been sold, but probably you can still be the proud possessor of one if you are willing to spend 1.3M EUR (1.11M GBP or 1.69M USD).
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