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Ferrari unveils its Enzo successor - LaFerrari at Geneva
Anything that Ferrari does is big. And every ten years or so, comes an even bigger moment in the Scuderia’s history. In the 80s it was the F40, the 90s had the F50 and in the first decade of the new millennium they gave us the Enzo. This time though, there is no fancy name, no racy combination of letters and numbers – this time Ferrari is simply calling it as it is. Say hello to LaFerrari, the maximum expression of what the Italian maker of supercars is all about according to PR speak. Of course, that pertains to where Ferrari stands as of today and that means a whole lot of carbon fibre, mad levels of electronics and superior firepower under that sleek body.
So LaFerrari gets a 6.3 litre V12 that puts out 789 horses nestled neatly behind the cockpit and visible for everyone to admire under a smoked panel. But with the 160-hp electric motor bolted on as part of what Ferrari likes to call HY-KERS, the LaFerrari is good for a mind-numbing 949 horsepower and a colossal 900Nm of torque! All that while adding just 330g/km of CO2 to the Earth’s atmosphere, which by any car’s standards, is extremely low.
Ferrari claim that this new monster of a hypercar will do the 100km/h sprint in under 3 seconds and hit 200km/h in under 7! If you have the courage to keep it pinned further, 300km/h will take under 15 seconds and if you’re beginning to think that it’s all about straight line speed, then LaFerrari will take that notion and shatter it just as it did with the lap times at Ferrari’s Fiorano proving grounds. This one clocks one lap in under 1min 20seconds – that’s a whole 5 seconds faster than the Enzo and 3 seconds quicker than the F12 Berlinetta, essentially making this the fastest road car Ferrari has ever built.
Of course, a lot of the technology that makes its way to the LaFerrari is courtesy Ferrari’s exploits in Formula 1, but it isn’t just related to the engine and HY-KERS. As is the norm with most extremely high-performance cars these days, the backbone of the LaFerrari is a carbon fibre tub, but not just any tub of course. This one is made from four different types of carbon fibre, each hand-laminated and autoclave cured in Ferrari’s racing department using methods perfected on their Formula 1 car. The seats and battery compartment are integrated into the chassis to improve torsional rigidity and beam stiffness while keeping the weight low.