Just when you think the bar couldn’t be raised higher, leave it to Ferrari to raise it even further. Redundant or not, it’s name is simple and elegant: LaFerrari. The notoriety of the one-word name is warranted as LaFerrari will replace the legendary Enzo. At its heart is the 6.3-liter V-12 from the F12berlinetta, which previously reigned as the most powerful Ferrari road car to date. LaFerrari boasts somewhere in the neighborhood of 950 horsepower, and laps Fiorano a full three seconds faster than the F12 – and an astonishing five seconds faster than the Enzo. An additional 59 horsepower are gleaned from the F12’s V-12 via a lighter crankshaft, variable-length intake runners, and hydroformed Inconel headers. As the first hybrid from Maranello, an electric motor generating approximately 160 more ponies is attached rearward of the seven-speed automated-manual transmission.
Externally the lines of LaFerrari contain active diffusers, guide vanes on the underbody, and an active rear spoiler. These elements all provide downforce while reducing drag. LaFerrari is hand-built from varying degrees of lightweight carbon-fiber among its brethren grand prix cars. Even the seats are molded into the tub, and the steering wheel and pedals adjust to accommodate a driver’s height. So yes, LaFerrari comes to you; if you are lucky enough to be one of the 499 on the invitation-to-own list.
The Ferrari LaFerrari uses a new variation of the Ferrari F140 naturally aspirated V12 engine, codenamed F140 FE, with power output rated at 789 hp (588 kW) and torque rated at 516 ft·lb (700 N·m). New to Ferrari is the use of hybrid technology to improve performance: the LaFerrari features a kinetic energy recovery system (HY-KERS) unit, which adds 161 hp (120 kW) and 148 ft·lb (201 N·m) of torque. The combined power output of the car comes out at 950 hp (708 kW) and the torque at 664 ft·lb (900 N·m). With a kerb weight of 3495 lb (1585 kg), the LaFerrari has a minimum power-to-weight ratio of 3.68 lb/1.69 kg per hp.
The Ferrari LaFerrari uses a seven-speed dual-clutch automated manual transmission and features active aerodynamics and design cues pulled from the Enzo Ferrari, Ferrari 458 Italia, and Ferrari P4/5 by Pininfarina one-off concept car.
The Ferrari LaFerrari manages a 0-60 mph (97 km/h) time of less than 2.9 seconds and a top speed exceeding 217 mph (350 km/h). It is the fastest road-legal car around Ferrari's Fiorano test circuit, faster than the Ferrari F12tdf.
Only 499 units were built. However, in the wake of the August 2016 Central Italy earthquake, a 500th LaFerrari was built to help the earthquake victims. In 2016, an open-top version, named the Ferrari LaFerrari Aperta, was also revealed and produced with only 209 units.
The LaFerrari is currently the fastest road-legal Ferrari car in the series, with a powerful, high-revving hybrid V12 powerplant giving access to more power and torque across the powerband in comparison with previous Ferrari supercars/hypercars. It shows the hallmark performance traits of a hypercar: astoundingly quick acceleration (0-100 mph (161 km/h) in only 5.2 seconds), sharp handling, and decent braking. However, it is a bit lacking in the top speed department, hitting only at most 222 mph (357 km/h). Against the McLaren P1, the LaFerrari only has a slightly sharper turning radius and a slightly better launch and acceleration up to 186 mph (299 km/h), after which the LaFerrari's acceleration greatly slows down. When compared to the Porsche 918 Spyder, the 918 only has superior acceleration, launch, and braking due to being AWD and making better use of active aerodynamics, but handles worse due to being much heavier.
In Forza Horizon 3, the LaFerrari's top speed was greatly increased to 255 mph (410 km/h), which is the same as the P1's top speed, but the LaFerrari takes much longer to reach that speed. This version of the LaFerrari is much faster when compared to other Forza renditions of the car and the real life rendition of the car, but has worse braking performance than previous renditions of the car. A top speed-tuned LaFerrari can reach 268 mph (432 km/h) on normal roads.
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