It’s called LaFerrari, as it’s ‘the Ferrari’, or the culmination of everything the brand knows. And it packs a 950bhp hybrid powertrain, as well as a raft of technology from Formula One.
The LaFerrari’s performance figures set a new benchmark for road cars. The 0-62mph sprint takes “less than three seconds”, 0-124mph takes “under seven seconds” and it can lap Ferrari’s Fiorano test track in Italy in under one minute 20 seconds – or five seconds faster than the Enzo.
While the top speed has yet to be announced, the ballpark performance figures quoted are identical to the McLaren P1’s – although the Ferrari’s 950bhp trumps the P1’s 903bhp output.
Power comes from a 789bhp version of the F12’s 6.3-litre V12, working in tandem with a 161bhp electric motor to drive the rear axle. Ferrari claims the motor’s high torque output at low revs allowed it to tune the V12 to produce its best at high revs. The result is huge power on tap, at any speed, in any gear.
A 60kg lithium-ion battery pack attached under the floorpan helps give the car a 35mm lower centre of gravity than the Enzo. It’s charged under braking and whenever the V12 produces more torque than required.
The batteries supply power to the electric motor, which is hooked up to a seven-speed dual-clutch gearbox. This hybrid system means that the LaFerrari emits just 330g/km of CO2.
To cope with the awesome power and performance, the front Pirelli P Zero tyres are bigger than on the Enzo, plus there’s a new generation of Brembo carbon ceramic brakes. Active aerodyamics play a key role, too, and include a flexible front diffuser and underbody vanes, as well as an active rear spoiler and diffuser. This removes the need for an ungainly fixed rear wing, and the movable parts allow downforce to be maximised or drag reduced as required.
The design has been honed in the F1 team’s wind tunnel, and picks up where the Enzo left off with a low, pointed nose and gaping air intakes. The lower front wing, which appears to hang on a single strut, is a nod to current F1 cars, while the blacked-out roof flows seamlessly into the front and back ends.
As we went to press, Ferrari had yet to release any pictures of the interior, but confirmed it will have a new steering wheel with all the major controls attached (another F1 reference) and a centre console that takes on a “suspended wing-like” shape.
The LaFerrari is the latest in limited-series Ferrari specials – following cars like the 288 GTO, F40 and F50, as well as the Enzo – and will be limited to just 499 examples worldwide. Prices have yet to be confirmed, but don’t expect change from £1million.