Monday, 8 April 2013

Ferrari LaFerrari




The Enzo's a legend. It's price keeps escalating every year, and after every other Enzo crash. Such is its exclusivity. It has design inputs by the then fastes-man-behind-the-wheel Micheal Schumacher. 

Now imagine the pressure at Ferrari's design house when the men in suits from up there told them they had to build a replacement for that masterpiece. But the Italian, being Italians, and Ferrari being Ferrari, made sure that replacement becomes an instant legend. 


And this is it- the LaFerrari ("La, what?" cried the attendees of the Geneva auto show that it was showcased at). But after you get over the name, there's a lot of feasting for your eyes to do, and lot of curiosity that has to be fulfilled about its specs. 


It comes from a long line of Ferrari hypercars, which includes the Ferrari F40, the Ferrari F50 and the Ferrari F60 or Enzo. It will lock horns with the Porsche 918, the McLaren P1 and the Lamborghini Veneno

Firstly, its a hybrid. But before you start shouting whats a Prius doing with a Ferrari badge, you'd be better off knowing that the scintillating V12 is still the main power source, those electric motors only there to provide more power and shut the mouths of all those Corporate Averarge Fuel Economy Norms' agents.

The car's beauty grows on you. Once your brain comes to terms with those cuts and arcs; its all a piece of exotica with wheels at each corner. The headlamps and certain other elemenst take inspiration from the Ferrari 458 Italia, the F12 Berlinetta and the FF. 

LaFerrari (also known as the F70, and by its project name, F150) is a limited edition hybrid sports car built by Ferrari. The car and its name were officially unveiled at the 2013 Geneva Auto Show. It is based on findings from testing of the Ferrari FXX and on research being conducted by the Millechili Project at the University of Modena. Association with the Millechili Project led to speculation during development that the car would weigh under 1,000 kg (2,205 lb).
The LaFerrari is the first mild hybrid from Ferrari, providing the highest horsepower of any Ferrari whilst decreasing fuel consumption by 40 percent. The LaFerrari's V12 will have a 6.3 litre capacity with 789 hp, supplemented by a 163 hp KERS unit, which will provide short bursts of extra power. Unlike conventional hybrid vehicles, the KERS system adds extra power to the combustion engine's output level, with an impact similar to that of a turbo charger.
Ferrari states that the car has a top speed exceeding 350 kilometres per hour (220 mph), and that it is capable of reaching 100 kilometres per hour (62 mph) in under three seconds. The LaFerrari achieves a speed of 300 kilometres per hour (190 mph) in under 15 seconds. The car is equipped with carbon ceramic Brembo discs on the front (398mm) and rear (380mm), with the tires measuring 265/30 R 19 and 345/30 R 20 respectively.Ferrari claims CO2 emissions of 330g/km. Only 499 units will be built.
The LaFerrari is the first completely in-house designed Ferrari, not receiving any input from Pininfarina. This decision brings to an end the collaboration between Ferrari and Pininfarina which began in 1951. However, Ferrari has stated that two new models designed jointly with Pininfarina are yet to be unveiled and that there are no plans to end business relations with Pininfarina.

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