Ferrari LaFerrari Review
Ferrari once again produces an iconic, praise-worthy automobile that beckons any enthusiast its way. Not only is the LaFerrari one of the highest performance road cars Ferrari has ever produced, but it couples its 6.3-liter V12 with a 161 horsepower hybrid system. With a combined 949 combined horsepower and over 663 pound-feet of torque, the 2016 Ferrari LaFerrari specs top its cutting-edge engineering with efficiency, power, and stunning design. Driving a LaFerrari is an experience unto itself. If the high-voltage battery is charged, it will shut down the V12 under light load. Manually shifting the 7-speed transmission offers instant gratification, but shifting isn’t really necessary. That’s because this car makes power in any gear at any rpm. A machine designed to take the tarmac wherever it goes and at whatever particular pace, the batteries even recharge under braking, making track day all the more tempting.
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Ferrari LaFerrari Engine
To build an efficient hypercar, the Ferrari LaFerrari specs a battery and two electric motor/generators. No less than 120 individual battery cells are packed into 8 modules. This allows them to be as close as possible to the center of gravity. Instead of alternating current, Ferrari chose the more advanced path of DC-DC. Each motor is pulse width modulated so it doesn’t require a heavy inverter. It offers 161 horsepower and 199 lb-ft of torque at any speed, and under light acceleration, it borrows some of the V12 power to keep itself charged. When you need to make an exit, you have a total system output of 949 hp and 663 lb-ft of torque. The technology is straight out of Formula 1, and it is known as Kinetic Energy Recovery System (KERS).
Ferrari LaFerrari Brakes
I wouldn’t trust my life to anything less than Brembo brakes. That is because the Ferrari LaFerrari specs demand the world’s best stopping system. Carbon-ceramic rotors should probably last the life of the car. Fronts measure in at 15.6″ with 14.9 on the rear. They have the ability to stop a freight train, but in normal driving, the electric motors instantly turn into generators by clamping down on the engine and transmission. Regenerative braking transforms the car’s kinetic energy into voltage and sends it to the batteries. Sure hybrids are good for the environment, but none has ever done it so gracefully before.
Ferrari LaFerrari Interior
Every aspect of the Ferrari LaFerrari specs might be optimized for performance, but the interior is actually quite comfortable. Down to the very last detail, it has been carefully sculpted. If it was not obvious from the exterior, the interior has an immense amount of F1 influence, including the steering wheel shape, the locations of controls and pedal design. There is even a toggle between tachometer visuals for either a relaxed or a more competitive display. The Ferrari LaFerrari specs are genius, unique and timeless. A central spine of carbon fiber divides the seats, and rear visibility is better than other hypercars. Controls are well thought out, and the seating position is optimal.
Ferrari LaFerrari Specs:
Horsepower: 949 hp
Torque: 663 lb-ft
0–60 mph: 2.6 Seconds
0-100 mph: 4.7 Seconds
1/4 Mile: 9.7 Seconds @ 149 mph
Top Speed: 217 mph
Ferrari LaFerrari Transmission
Because it has such a unique drivetrain, the Ferrari LaFerrari specs include a potent transmission. The unique gearbox is based on their 7-speed F1 dual-clutch automatic. It has the 6.3 liter V12 on one side, and the primary motor/generator on the others. A common input shaft allows each to work together with the axles placed near the center of the case. Anyone who is still whining about a stick shift should realize that a manual transmission can’t handle this level of power. Mounted atop the gearbox are the high-voltage controllers. They distribute power between the batteries and both electric motors, so they are placed to get maximum cooling.
Ferrari LaFerrari Price
For most of us, the price of this car was irrelevant. That is because Ferrari LaFerrari specs were only known to owners who were chosen to purchase them. In order to be eligible to buy a new LaFerrari, you have to plead your case to Maranello. Those who were on the list were happy to transfer $1.5 Million to their dealer. That was for a base model because you know Ferrari loves optional content. Many examples were delivered with telemetry, carbon fiber mirrors, sports exhaust and Daytona seats. The issue in the pre-owned market is that the options seem to be irrelevant. Prices for all LaFerraris have nearly tripled and the market shows no signs of slowing.
Ferrari LaFerrari Design
Many are still mourning the loss of Sergio Pininfarina, as his Ferrari designs have stood the test of time. The Ferrari LaFerrari specs were put to paper by Flavio Manzoni at Centro Stile (Ferrari Styling Headquarters). The unique drivetrain configuration required ingenious packaging and the power it makes necessitated strength. Massive inlets and openings are needed to keep the beast cool, and many of the styling features hide essential elements of the car. Filler ports on each B-pillar are symmetrical. The charging port is on the right side and fuel filler is on the left.
Ferrari LaFerrari Standout Features
The result is performance levels unmatched by any other Ferrari as confirmed by a lap time at Fiorano of one minute and 20 seconds. That’s five seconds faster than the Enzo and three seconds faster than the F12 Berlinetta, making the Ferrari LaFerrari specs the fastest road car in the Italian brand’s history. Other notable performance statistics include 0-60 mph in fewer than three seconds, 0-124 in fewer than seven seconds and a top speed in excess of 217 mph.