In-Depth: Ferrari LaFerrari
Ferrari LaFerrari may translate to “Ferrari The Ferrari” but it certainly isn’t a supercar to take lightly. Boasting the most power of any model on the Ferrari lineup, the LaFerrari is the true definition of an Italian supercar. This model is limited to just 499 units, making it a rare sight to see on the road. Boasting a power-oriented hybrid powertrain, the LaFerrari isn’t just a model on the lineup; it’s the definition of Ferrari. With the Ferrari Styling Center, Formula One drivers, and Engineering division teaming up, an aggressively-styled, powerhouse of a supercar was the only logical result.
Designed for balance both visually and dynamically, the Ferrari LaFerrari’s exterior is something of a masterpiece. Thanks to the complexity of the powertrain, the front and rear overhangs are more balanced compared to past Ferraris.
Built with airflow in mind, the LaFerrari’s smooth surface results in lower drag and higher downforce in order to cool what’s under the hood. From the arches to the wing held in place by a central strut on the nose, this supercar radiates power and intimidation.
At the rear, two deep grooves channel hot air from the engine, effectively boosting rear downforce. An active rear spoiler shields the hybrid system and movable diffuser flaps sit beneath the tail. Made of carbon fiber, both parts play vital roles without hindering performance.
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Formula One drivers clearly played a major role within the Ferrari LaFerrari’s interior. Designed with motorsports in mind, the interior boasts a modern yet traditional style. While the driver’s seat is set in a fixed position, the steering wheel and pedals move to adjust to the driver.
With secondary controls for audio, navigation, and climate located on the supercar’s door and dashboard, only vital controls catch the driver’s eye. Meanwhile, the gear shift paddles are more efficient and the gearbox control bridge sits on a suspended wing in the center of the cockpit.
Rounded out with an adjustable digital instrument panel, the driver’s display can change from a traditional tachometer to a more competitive orientation with ease.
Under the Hood
Lapping the Fiorano Test Circuit in just 1:19.70, the Ferrari LaFerrari is easily the fastest street-legal supercar the automaker has ever produced.
Under the LaFerrari’s hood is a massive 6.3-liter naturally aspirated V12 engine capable of producing 788 hp and 516 lb-ft of torque all on its own. Further boosted by an electric motor, this supercar’s total power comes to a heart-stopping 949 hp and 663 lb-ft of torque.
The Ferrari LaFerrari reaches 62 mph (100km/h) in less than three seconds. Reaching 124 mph (200km/h) and 186 mph (300km/h) in under seven seconds and 15 seconds respectively, this supercar is engineered for the track. With a maximum speed exceeding 218 mph, the LaFerrari is a force to be reckoned with no matter the competition
While the Ferrari LaFerrari may boast a hybrid powertrain, fuel economy comes to an EPA-estimated 12 mpg city and 16 mpg highway.
Power and Price: 12 cylinders for under $400,000
The Ferrari LaFerrari’s combination of style and power has won a host of prestigious awards, many of which come from the top of the industry.
- Design Award from AutoScout24 (Europe)
- 2014 Design of the Year from AutoDesign & Styling (Czechoslovakia)
- Car of the Year from TopGear (United Kingdom)
- Best Coupe from Motor Press Iberica (Spain)
- Red Dot Award from Red Dot (International)
Starting at a colossal $1,416,000, the Ferrari LaFerrari is the definition of what a supercar should be, style, power, and price.
Joseph Pudlewski is somewhat of a writer and editor living in the village of Anna, Ohio. A graduate of Wright State University, he holds a B.A. in English and enjoys reading anything by Jules Verne. A third generation American, he chose to forego joining the Air Force, unlike his father and grandfather before him. He would much rather keep his feet on the ground, hence his interest in the automotive industry, although he has no fear of flying. In addition to reading and writing, he also enjoys playing video games and spending time with family.