by Tony West
March 2013, La Ferrari, the high-powered sports coupe was unveiled at the Geneva Auto Show. Only 499 of this limited edition whip are being produced. The La Ferrari combines hybrid technology with thrilling performance for an all-around lighter more efficient sports car. The HY-KERS hybrid technology is experimental for Ferrari, as a full electric vehicle wouldn’t be ideal for this sports car. HY-KERS technology assures that the La Ferrari emits only 333g/km of CO₂. Coupled with a 6262cc V12 engine, La Ferrari’s hybrid system is composed of 2 electric motors- one for power to the wheels and the other the ancillaries. The 6.3 liter V12 engine produces 789 horsepower with a max 9,250 rpm. The 120Kw electric motor has 161 hp for a combined output of 909 horsepower! Torque tops 664 lb-ft Dizzam!
See the video for yourself and prepare to be aroused!
The La Ferrari is pretty much the fastest most expensive Ferrari ever! It takes many design cues from high performance F1 vehicles, specifically the interior design which features 4 types of carbon fiber laminated and autoclave-cured in Ferrari’s racing department. Also F1 inspired is the F1 dual-clutch gearbox that allows for torque to be easily redistributed to the wheels and unused torque to aid battery recharging. La Ferrari also has a 7-speed automatic transmission with manual capabilities and a top speed of 227 mph.
The HY-KERS system blends perfectly with the V12 because of its sports active aerodynamics system that adjusts and deploys based on performance parameters measured continuously. For example, active aerodynamics will generate down force when needed without compromising overall drag coefficient. The Brembro Brakes system features lightweight calipers and carbon ceramic discs.
With all the lighter-more rigid La Ferrari offers under the hood, it spares no expense with its swagged-out youthful sporty design. LaFerrari has 19” Pirelli P Zero tires in the front and 20” wheels in the rear. And the sloping body and sharp wings are throwback to the Ferrari’s of the 1960’s. The La Ferrari’s bold sexy design for the road gives an instant hard-on, while its powertrain is orgasmic. The La Ferrari goes from 0-60mph in 3 seconds!
That’s faster than the Enzo and the F12 Berlinetta. And the interior of the La Ferrari is race-inspired, yet road functional. Ferrari hopes that this new marriage of high performance efficiency and intelligent track aerodynamics will make its way into future Ferrari’s. The La Ferrari sells for 1.6 million dollars. And all 499 models are already sold.