LaFerrari

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LaFerrari
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Overview
Manufacturer Ferrari
Production 2013–2015 (499 units)
Designer Centro Stile Ferrari under Flavio Manzoni[1]
Body and chassis
Class Sports car (S)
Body style 2-door berlinetta
Layout Rear mid-engine, rear-wheel drive
Powertrain
Engine 6.3 L F140FE V12, electric motor & KERS
Transmission 7-speed dual-clutch automated manual
Dimensions
Wheelbase 2,650 mm (104.3 in)[2]
Length 4,702 mm (185.1 in)[2]
Width 1,992 mm (78.4 in)[2]
Height 1,116 mm (43.9 in)[2]
Kerb weight 3,495 lb (1,585 kg)[3]
Chronology
Predecessor Enzo Ferrari

LaFerrari (project name, F150)[4] is a limited production hybrid sports car built by Italian sports car maker Ferrari.[5] The car and its name were officially unveiled at the 2013 Geneva Auto Show. It is based on findings from testing of the Ferrari FXX[5] and on research being conducted by the Millechili Project at the University of Modena. Association with the Millechili Project led to speculation during development that the car would weigh under 1,000 kg (2,205 lb),[6] but a dry weight of around 1,255 kg (2,767 lb) was claimed.[7] Only 499 units have been built, and each cost more than 1 million US dollars.[8]

Name[edit]

LaFerrari literally means "The Ferrari" in most Romance languages, in the sense that LaFerrari is the 'definitive' Ferrari. The name has been the target of much derision and mockery, with "the Ferrari The Ferrari" often appearing in lists of car names deemed the worst, alongside such cars as the Kia Provo and the Isuzu Mysterious Utility Wizard.

Specifications[edit]

LaFerrari is the first mild hybrid from Ferrari, providing the highest power output of any Ferrari whilst decreasing fuel consumption by 40 percent.[9] LaFerrari's internal combustion engine is a mid-rear mounted Ferrari F140 65° V12 with a 6.3 litre (6262 cc) capacity producing 800 PS (588 kW, 789 bhp) @ 9,000 rpm and 700 Nm (516 lb.ft) of torque @ 6,750 rpm,[1][2] supplemented by a 163 PS (120 kW; 161 bhp) KERS unit (called HY-KERS), which will provide short bursts of extra power.[10] The KERS system adds extra power to the combustion engine's output level for a total of 963 PS (708 kW; 950 bhp) and a combined torque of 900 N·m (664 lb·ft).[2][11] Ferrari claims CO2 emissions of 330 g/km. The engine's bore and stroke is 94×75.2 mm with a compression ratio of 13.5:1 and a specific power output of 128 metric horsepower per litre.[2] It is connected to a 7-speed dual-clutch transmission and the car is rear-wheel drive.[2]

The car is equipped with carbon-ceramic Brembo discs on the front (398 mm) and rear (380 mm),[12] with the car sitting on Pirelli P Zero Corsa tires measuring 265/30 R 19 and 345/30 R 20 respectively.[13]

LaFerrari uses a carbon fibre monocoque structure developed by Ferrari's F1 technical director Rory Byrne, with a claimed 27 percent more torsional rigidity and 22 percent more beam stiffness than the Enzo.[14] It has a double wishbone suspension in the front and a multi-link suspension in the rear.[2]

LaFerrari has a number of electronic controls including ESC stability control, high performance ABS/EBD (anti-lock braking system/electronic brake distribution), EF1-Trac F1 electronic traction control integrated with the hybrid system, E-Diff 3 third generation electronic differential, SCM-E Frs magnetorheological damping with twin solenoids (Al-Ni tube), and active aerodynamics to enable maximum performance.[2]

Performance[edit]

Ferrari states that the car has a top speed exceeding 350 km/h (217 mph), and that it is capable of reaching 100 km/h (62 mph) in under three seconds, 200 km/h (124 mph) in under seven seconds, and a speed of 300 km/h (186 mph) in 15 seconds.[2] Ferrari also claims that the car has lapped its Fiorano Test Circuit in 1:19.70 which is faster than any other road-legal car Ferrari has ever produced.[15]

Design[edit]

LaFerrari received no input from Pininfarina, making it the first Ferrari since the Bertone-styled 1973 Dino 308 GT4 not to have Pininfarina bodywork or other styling. This decision is a rare exception to the collaboration between Ferrari and Pininfarina that began in 1951. However, Ferrari has stated that two new models designed jointly with Pininfarina are yet to be unveiled and that there are no plans to end business relations with Pininfarina.[16]

Rear view.

The cockpit stands out for its essentiality and the sportiness of the shapes, intended to convey the high level of performance of this supercar. There is a steering wheel with integrated controls and gear levers directly fixed to the steering column, a solution that allows better use in all conditions. The "bridge" which exists between the two seats, designed like a suspended wing, is home to other instruments linked to the dual-clutch gearbox.

The instrumentation consists of a 12.3" TFT display with the option to choose between two layouts and can host data from the telemetry system.

The body computer system is developed by Magneti Marelli Automotive Lighting.

LaFerrari-based cars[edit]

Ferrari FXX-K[edit]

Main article: Ferrari FXX-K

The FXX-K is a track-exclusive variant of the LaFerrari, successor to the FXX, FXX Evo, 599XX and 599XX EVO. The car uses the same 6.3L V12 of the regular LaFerrari, but with 1035 HP, and uses the Kinetic Energy Recovery System (KERS or ERS-K) found in F1 cars. It includes 4 driving modes: Qualify (max performance on short distance), Long Run (for long distance driving), Fast Charge (for faster recharging of the battery) and Manual Boost, that uses all the power of the engine and batteries for maximum torque, cornering and speed. It has F1-based technology, including the E-Diff electronic differential, F1-Trac traction control and racing ABS brakes, all controlled from the center console (Manettino). Like the preceding FXX and 599XX, the FXX-K is a part of Ferrari's Client Test Driver program, that allows owners of XX cars to drive in special tracks, collecting data for use in future Ferrari road and race cars. The front of the car has a large splitter and twin-profile spoiler, the headlights are very small for improving aerodynamics. In the rear, the tail is higher and includes a mobile spoiler with a tailfin and a small wing in the end of each fin to maximize the downforce. Announced December 3 on Ferrari's home page, it was officially shown at Yas Marina Circuit on December 5, 2014.

References[edit]

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  4. ^ "LaFerrari's unseen concepts: Project F150 by Ferrari". designboom.com. 18 March 2013. Retrieved 12 May 2015. 
  5. ^ a b Jack Rix (25 November 2009). "Ferrari F70 blasts in - 25th November 2009". Auto Express. Retrieved 11 October 2012. 
  6. ^ Iancu, Madalina (20 February 2009). "Ferrari Inaugurates 'Mille Chili' Laboratory". autoevolution. Retrieved 20 December 2009. 
  7. ^ Cropley, Steve (5 March 2013). "Geneva motor show 2013: LaFerrari vs McLaren P1 –- full performance figures". Autocar. Retrieved 4 September 2013.  C1 control character in |title= at position 49 (help)
  8. ^ Undercoffler, David (5 March 2013). "Ferrari unveils all-new hybrid supercar -- and calls it LaFerrari". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 5 March 2013. 
  9. ^ Ebhardt, Tommaso (24 May 2012). "Ferrari's F70, an Eco-Friendly Supercar". Bloomberg BusinessWeek. Retrieved 12 June 2012. 
  10. ^ "Ferrari F70 expected to use 6.5 litre V12". AUSmotive.com. Retrieved 19 February 2012. 
  11. ^ Howard, Bill. "Ferrari’s new ‘mild hybrid’ LaFerrari supercar produces 936hp". Extreme Tech. Retrieved 14 March 2013. 
  12. ^ "La Ferrari Technical Data and Specifications". Ultimatespecs. Retrieved 10 March 2013. 
  13. ^ "La Ferrari Technical Data and Specifications". Motor Trend. Retrieved 20 April 2015. 
  14. ^ Vijayenthiran, Viknesh (5 March 2013). "Ferrari’s New Flagship Is The 'La Ferrari' Supercar". Washington Post. Retrieved 14 April 2013. 
  15. ^ "LaFerrari". Motor Trend. Retrieved 20 April 2015. 
  16. ^ Vijayenthiran, Viknesh. "LaFerrari Is First Ferrari Designed Completely In-House". Motor Authority. Retrieved 14 March 2013. 

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