- 566 original miles
- 6.3/949 HP hybrid drive V-12 engine
- F1-inspired HY-KERS Kinetic Energy Recovery System
- Factory-rated top speed of 217 MPH
- F1 7-speed dual clutch gearbox
- Scuderia shields
- Brembo carbon ceramic disc brakes
- Black brake calipers
- Carbon fiber mirrors
- Sport exhaust, suspension lift option
- BIC2 Rosso Red and Nero two-tone paint
- Black leather and Alcantara interior with Red piping and Red prancing horse embroidered in head rests
- Stability control, performance anti blockage system/electronic brake balance
- F1 electronic traction control integrated with the hybrid system and third generation electronic differential
- Magnetorheological damping with twin solenoids
- Active aerodynamics with large adjustable spoiler and movable diffuser flaps
- Dynamic ram effect
- Adjustable steering wheel and pedal box
- Main and secondary controls for audio, navigation, climate and telemetry
- Reconfigurable digital instrument panel with central tachometer or competition-derived display
Life, as the popular saying admonishes, comes at you fast. It’s intended as a reminder that one’s circumstances or attitudes can change in the blink of an eye, but in another context, it can apply to the explosion of technical advances since the first wave of exotic hypercars crashed onto the automotive landscape in 2004. The arrival then of Porsche’s Carrera GT and the Ferrari Enzo signaled a pivotal transformation in the supercar concept that reflected the light-speed pace of contemporary technological advances.
And 10 years later, a second wave hit with Ferrari’s revolutionary LaFerrari riding the crest as the Prancing Horse marque incarnate. If ever a machine bristling with cutting-edge technological wizardry could be said to have a soul, the LaFerrari is it—a creation spawned in virtual reality and realized in carbon fiber and exotic alloys by the impassioned engineers and artisans of Maranello. The key to its magic: the latest technologies taken directly from the rarified world of Formula 1—highly developed construction techniques, astoundingly capable computer controls and a hybrid power system, all working in symphonic harmony as only Ferrari can orchestrate.
The process of creating the fastest and most technologically advanced Ferrari ever made begins in the company’s Maranello F1 construction facility, where four different varieties of carbon-fiber cloth are hand laid into molds and baked to form the central tub—a structure 27 percent stiffer, with 22 percent more torsional rigidity and 20 percent lighter than that used in the Enzo. Front and rear subframes carry double-wishbone front and multi-link rear suspension controlled by magnetorheological damping and stability control, F1 electronic traction control, Brembo carbon-ceramic disc brakes and Pirelli P-Zero tires on lightweight 19-inch front and 20-inch rear wheels.
The seating position is fixed to minimize the flexing inherent in a separate frame, thereby maximizing the connection between the driver and chassis inputs, and fine adjustments are made through manipulating the steering wheel and pedal positions. The steering wheel integrates the LaFerrari’s various functions in F1 fashion, incorporating a row of shift lights, ergonomic shift paddles for the F1 7-speed dual-clutch gearbox and the Manettino for selecting driving modes ranging from wet through sport to race, with two more positions to deactivate the ECS stability-control and CT traction-control systems (mere mortals should never venture there).
The first production car from Maranello with a hybrid drivetrain, the LaFerrari’s powertrain matches a 6.3L/788 HP V-12 engine (the most powerful naturally aspirated V-12 in the world) and a 161 HP electric motor for a sum of 949 total horsepower. The LaFerrari’s HY-KERS represents a significant advance over the F1 system from which it was developed. The electric motor cuts in under acceleration and overtaking to increase torque to the rear wheels, which it also does during the car’s seemingly instantaneous upshifts, thus freeing the V-12 to deliver greater peak power. The intake system’s dynamic ram effect and 6-into-1 exhaust manifolds make no small contributions to the V-12’s soaring sonorous output at its redline of 9,250 RPM. The practical result is mind-blowing acceleration; the LaFerrari hits 60 MPH in 2.4 seconds, 150 MPH in 9.8 seconds and peaks at an electronically governed 217 MPH.
In contrast to its many Pininfarina-designed predecessors, the LaFerrari’s raptor-like countenance was the work of Ferrari designer Flavio Manzoni of the Ferrari Styling Center, whose wind tunnel-tested experience at airflow management has proven masterful. Maranello has also mastered active aerodynamics, in this case employing movable diffuser flaps in the LaFerrari’s nose and a large self-adjusting rear spoiler that slides out into the air stream as needed for perfect dynamic balance at any speed.
One of only 499 produced, this 2014 Ferrari LaFerrari is cloaked in mouthwatering Rosso Red and Nero two-tone paint with carbon-fiber mirrors and black-painted calipers for the monstrous Brembo brakes. The carbon fiber cockpit presents occupants with snug-fitting black leather seat inserts with red piping, main and secondary controls for audio, navigation, climate and telemetry, and for the driver, a reconfigurable digital instrument panel with central tachometer or competition-derived display.
This state-of-the-art Ferrari hypercar renders any superlatives inadequate, demanding instead that it be experienced firsthand. Few will ever know that unique thrill, but for those who do, there is nothing else to compare.