INDUSTRY: Ferrari Launches LaFerrari Electric Hybrid

LaFarrari Hybrid Supercar Photos (INDUSTRY) B

Ferrari has unveiled the LaFerrari. Successor to its Enzo supercar at the Geneva Motor Show. Like its rival from McLaren, the P1, it features a hybrid powerplant.

The new car features a 6.3-liter V12 engine with 789 horsepower married to a 160-hp electric motor. The combination is good for a full 949hp and 663 lb-ft of torque, and Ferrari says the LaFerrari will reach 62 miles per hour in under three seconds.

“We chose to call this model LaFerrari because it is the maximum expression of what defines our company – excellence,” declared Ferrari’s resident, Luca di Montezemolo. “Excellence in terms of technological innovation, performance, visionary styling and the sheer thrill of driving. Aimed at our collectors, this is a truly extraordinary car which encompasses advanced solutions that, in the future, will find their way onto the rest of the range, and it represents the benchmark for the entire automotive industry. LaFerrari is the finest expression of our company’s unique, unparalleled engineering and design know-how, including that acquired in Formula 1.”

Ferrari says the development of a limited-series special like the LaFerrari represents an opportunity to experiment with all the technological solutions that will later filter down onto the production cars. Of particular significance in this context is the introduction of the hybrid system which, making full use of the Scuderia Ferrari’s F1 KERS know-how. The LaFerrari is equipped with dynamic controls that are integrated for the first time ever on a Ferrari road car with active aerodynamics and the HY-KERS system. Ferrari’s proprietary logic governs all the systems, and the company says the car can achieve absolute levels of performance, aerodynamic efficiency and handling without any form of compromise in any area.

To boost efficiency, the LaFerrari sports active aerodynamic devices front (diffusers and guide vane on the underbody) and rear (diffusers and rear spoiler) which generate downforce when needed without compromising the car’s overall drag coefficient. These devices deploy automatically on the basis of a number of different performance parameters which are monitored in real time by the car’s dynamic vehicle controls, thus guaranteeing the ideal configuration on the basis of the driving conditions.

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