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Is there a superlative that hasn’t been applied to Ferrari’s newest sports car, the LaFerrari? The name itself, translated bluntly as “The Ferrari,” suggests it as the definitive creation of the legendary Italian automaker. Stunningly fluid in its design, the LaFerrari is technologically sophisticated to an extent that seems otherworldly. Offering a sound that is primal and bellowing in any rev range, it is at once a radical departure from everything we know about a sports car, yet somehow still very Ferrari.
The word “supercar” itself, arguably born with Ferrari’s 288 GTO and passed on to its descendant F40, F50, and Enzo models, no longer seems sufficient when describing the LaFerrari. Indeed, historians may look back and note the LaFerrari as perhaps the first true “hypercar”: the vehicle that employed an innovative, composite chassis with an ultra-tuned, hybrid propulsion system, marking a quantum leap in the evolution of the sports car.
The magic begins in the engine. Applying Formula 1 race technology, the LaFerrari’s mid-engine, 6.3-liter, 800 hp V-12 uses a variable-length intake runner that tunes combustion based upon engine speed. The system physically lengthens the intake runner at low rpm, which increases turbulence for a better fuel charge. At higher rpm the tract shortens, allowing faster delivery directly to the combustion chambers. When timed properly with the positive pressure of the tract, it is possible to fill the combustion chamber over 100% – in effect, supercharging the motor and achieving higher volumetric efficiencies.
Augmenting the V-12’s output is the hybrid technology Ferrari calls HY-KERS. A 163 hp electric motor works in conjunction with the naturally aspirated V-12 to add torque where required in the power band, with as much as 663 lbs./ ft. at peak transmitted to the seven-speed paddle-shift transaxle. With this system, throttle response and immediate torque output has been improved drastically over the Enzo.
For efficiency, the Kinetic Energy Recovery System uses the energy from braking and traction-assist to recharge a set of 120 proprietary lightweight lithium-ion batteries carried low in the LaFerrari’s chassis. Ferrari estimates that for every 1.2" inches the center of gravity is lowered, the equivalent of 50 hp is gained, in terms of racetrack lap times, thus making battery design and placement critical.
The volumetric, combustion, and mechanical efficiencies achieved allow the engine to spin to an incredible 9,250 rpm and a stated total 800 hp, making it the most-powerful engine ever put into a road-going Ferrari, and according to Road & Track magazine, putting it “among the highest horsepower per liter of any non-turbo production piston engine ever.”
With great power comes responsibility, and it was up to Formula 1 engineer Rory Byrne and Scuderia Ferrari to develop a chassis capable of containing and directing that power. The carbon-fiber passenger compartment is hand-laid using four different grades of cloth, which are then vacuum-baked in the autoclave alongside the F1 cars in Maranello. Kevlar is used in the floor pan to protect the car from road debris and damage.
The seat shell, again as a nod to lower CG, is formed directly into the monocoque and fitted with custom padding. The seat is fixed in a more reclined position than any previous Ferrari, with the pedal box and steering wheel fully adjustable for driver comfort. A 12" digital dash display is switchable from a traditional gauge layout to a competition format, with onboard race telemetry software for logging track performance. Extended paddle shifters and a squared-off, racing-style steering wheel complete the purposeful cabin.
New Brembo anti-lock carbon-ceramic disc brakes outfit the car, engineered to be lighter, shed heat faster, and fully integrate with dynamic controls and regenerative systems. Traction is provided by Pirelli P-Zero tires, size 265/30R-19 in front and 345/20R-20 in the rear.
Interfacing with the dynamic controls is an active aerodynamics feature that constantly adjusts front and rear spoilers, diffusers, and underbody guide vanes to optimum configuration for accelerating, cornering, or hard-braking.
Ferrari broke with tradition on the body design of the LaFerrari, bypassing longtime collaborator Pininfarina to produce the design in-house. Ferrari Director of Design Flavio Manzoni aspired to honor the great P3 and P4 cars of the past without producing a retro design. With the LaFerrari, the firm established a strong, forward-looking template for its next generation of cars.
All of this was achieved in a narrower, lower, more rigid, more efficient, cleaner, and vastly more powerful car than its predecessor, the Enzo. A production run of 499 cars sold out almost immediately upon announcement of the project, with one final car produced by the factory as a fund-raiser for the earthquakes experienced in central Italy in August 2016.
Part of what makes Ferrari one of the world’s most powerful brands is exclusivity. Patrons are often required to purchase multiple road cars before being deemed worthy to purchase the flagship high-performance cars. Having the means to buy a Ferrari, it seems, is often not enough. So when a contemporary, as-new model is offered on the open market, it is a rare opportunity to enter a unique and exclusive stratum of automotive ownership.
The car offered here represents just such an opportunity. Showing less than 130 miles and in the rare special-order color Giallo Triplo Strato, this is a chance to jump to the front of the line on what is essentially a new car. The striking yellow livery is spectacular and fitting for the incredible design.
Delivered to a Ferrari collector in California in June 2015, this LaFerrari came specially ordered with over $124,000 of options, including carbon fiber fog lamps, mirrors, dashboard, upper and lower body portions, wheel caps and the rare carbon fiber roof panel. Accent seat stitching was added by the factory and accessories included are fitted luggage, owner’s manuals, and a telemetry key fob.
Issued with the car is a Ferrari factory Attestation for Special Series Vehicles, an identity document which asserts that the car is original as produced by Ferrari.
Ferrari has expressed a bold future with the hybrid powerplant pioneered in the LaFerrari. Future collectors may one day value this car as the first of its generation. But in this moment, it is a cutting-edge machine with exhilarating performance and visuals – a pinnacle of automotive evolution, accessible to a fortunate few.