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Ferrari Introduces LaFerrari Hybrid at the Geneva Motor Show

Ferrari's LaFerrari | Official Launch Video

Ferrari’s LaFerrari | Official Launch Video

Ferrari took the wraps off of their LaFerrari supercar last Tuesday during the Geneva Motor Show. The Enzo successor is a 963-hp hybrid and is considered as the most powerful and most expensive Ferrari model to date.

LaFerrari Under the Hood

LaFerrari is the car manufacturer’s first gasoline-electric hybrid model, and it is powered by the HY-KERS system. The hybrid system has two electric motors developed by the supplier Magneti Marelli. The first one powers the wheels, while the second one powers the ancillary systems. It consists of a 3.6-liter V12 normally aspirated engine that delivers 800 hp. It is paired with a 163-hp electric motor, which gives a car a combined power output of 963 hp.

According to Ferrari, the car will accelerate from 0 to 62 mph in less than 3 seconds, and from 0 to 124 mph in less than 7 seconds. It also has a lap time of 1 minute 20 seconds on the company’s test track in Fiorano in Italy. Additionally, the LaFerrari gets 16.6 mpg.

The automaker also said that its high torque levels available at low rpm due to the electric motor enable engineers to optimize the internal combustion engine’s performance at higher revs.  The car’s redline is at 9,250 rpm, while its total torque generated by the engine and electric motor is in excess off 664 lb-ft.

LaFerrari’s battery pack, on the other hand, weighs 132 pounds. It is attached to the floor of the carbon fiber chassis. It is made up of battery cells that are assembled in the Scuderia Ferrari department, where the KERS system for the F138 Formula One racecar is built. It can be charged in two ways: During braking or when the V12 produces more torque than needed.

External Design

The LaFerrari’s design team was led by Flavio Manzoni. The car’s body was given a sculptural treatment, with its lower front wings influenced heavily by its aerodynamics. Inspired by Formula One, its front wing appears to be hung on a single central pylon beneath the nose. Meanwhile, its tail section is akin to a 1960s Le Mans racecar.

Ferrari’s latest supercar features active aerodynamic devices, like diffusers, to boost efficiency. Furthermore, it has a guide vane on the front underbody and diffuser, as well as rear spoiler. These generate the required downforce without compromising the car’s overall drag coefficient.

Availability

It was reported that the automaker will build 499 units of their upcoming hybrid model. That is in order to meet the growing demand in Asia, particularly in China.

Ferrari did not reveal the supercar’s price, although sources said that its pre-tax starting price will be about $1.31 million. After the taxes, the LaFerrari will cost an estimated $1.58 million in Italy.

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