Go Inside The Super Car of The Future, The Electric 950-hp LaFerrari
Ferrari just unveiled its hybrid super-car of the future, the LaFerrari, and Porsche, Lamborghini, and Mercedes are officially on notice.
The “La“, which is an Italian descriptive word for ‘supurb‘, establishes itself as the highly anticipated Ferrari Enzo-successor. Using decades of Formula-One expertise to mold its composite body, the LaFerrari is science at 250 mph.
To reach its top speed, Ferrari developed a 6.3-liter V-12 mounted engine in the rear for a 41:59 front-to-rear weight distribution. Nine-hundred-fifty horsepower rockets out of the back with a mind-boggling 9,250 RPM red-line – but Ferrari doesn’t stop there.
Mounted in the mid-section is the seven-speed automated-manual gearbox with an electric motor good for 660 pound-feet of torque.
All told, the LaFerrari tips the scales at a mere 2,800 pounds. That’s enough to get it from zero to 60 MPH in 3.9 seconds and hit 124 MPH in under six seconds even with the electric engaged.
Ferrari’s hybrid system employs a pair of electric motors (one to power the wheels and another to power accessories), while a 132-pound lithium-ion battery pack is strapped to the back of the passenger compartment and sucks in spare energy when clamping down on the four sets of massive carbon ceramic brakes. And naturally, the entire carbon fiber chassis is handmade, both more rigid and lighter than anything Ferrari has ever created.
Pricing isn’t being released, but something in the $1.2-1.5M range is expected. Not that it matters – all 499 examples have supposedly been spoken for.While Porsche has the upcoming 918 Spyder hybrid, McLaren has its new P1, LaFerrari’s specs and stats will be hard to beat by the power players of the hypercar world. And it’s going to be an interesting year, as all four are arriving in the next nine months.