Ferrari's Enzo replacement: LaFerrari unveiled at Geneva Autoshow

Officially launched at the Geneva Autoshow today, the LaFerrari combines one of the most powerful naturally aspirated production engine's with a 6.3-litre V12 that produces 789bhp coupled with a 161bhp electric motor producing 950bhp.

First the name:
“We chose to call this model LaFerrari,” declared Ferrari’s President, Luca di Montezemolo, “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. Aimed at our collectors, this is a truly extraordinary car which encompasses advanced solutions that, in the future, will find their way onto the rest of the range, and it represents the benchmark for the entire automotive industry. LaFerrari is the finest expression of our company’s unique, unparalleled engineering and design know-how, including that acquired in Formula 1.”

The first car in Ferrari history to be powered by the HY-KERS system, a new breed of hyper-hybrid sports cars combining powerful gasoline engines with electric motors.

A 6.3 litre V12 engine with an electric motor, producing a combined 963 horsepower and a top speed in excess of 350 km/h, making it the fastest road-going Ferrari ever.

0-62mph time of ‘less than 3sec’
0-124mph time of ‘under 7sec

Hybrid technology
The hybrid technology used, known as HY-KERS, weighing about 40 kg, the compact, tri-phase, high-voltage electric motor of the HY-KERS is coupled to the rear of the dual-clutch 7-speed F1 transmission. It operates through one of the transmission’s two clutches and engages one of the two gearbox primary shafts. Thus power is coupled seamlessly and instantaneously between the electric motor and the V12. The electric motor produces more than 100 hp as Ferrari’s goal was to offset every kilogram increase in weight by a gain of at least one hp.

The batteries are charged in different ways: under braking (even hard braking with the ABS active) and every time the V12 produces more torque than required, such as in cornering. In the latter instance, rather than the being sent to the wheels, the excess torque is converted to energy and stored in the batteries.

Side-benefits, include reduced fuel consumption and lower CO2 emissions.

The LaFerrari’s chassis features no less than four different types of carbon-fibre, all hand-laminated and autoclave-cured in the racing department using the same design and production methods as the Formula 1 car. This helped optimise the design: various functions were integrated (e.g. seats and battery compartment) into the chassis to improve torsional rigidity (+27%) and beam stiffness (+22%) whilst cutting weight.

The layout of the cabin made a significant contribution in this regard. The seat is fixed and tailored to the driver while both the pedal box and steering wheel are adjustable

Limited series of 499 to be produced, which are all spoken for.
Cost 650,000 euros

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