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LaFerrari was a limited production hybrid sports car built by Ferrari. The car and its name were officially unveiled at the 2013 Geneva Auto Show. Only 499 units were built, and each cost more than £1 million ($1.69 million).
The LaFerrari is the first ever car with hybrid technology to come out of Maranello. The V12 – the most powerful naturally aspirated engine ever used on a road car – produces 588kW and the electric motor adds a further 120kW, giving the LaFerrari a total output of 708kW. This makes it capable of accelerating from 0-200kph in less than 7 secs. Vmax is 350kph.
The LaFerrari boasts the most extreme performance ever achieved by a Ferrari production car. Impressively, despite the addition of the KERS system, its batteries and numerous electronic components, the engineers have succeeded in ensuring that LaFerrari’s dimensions are no larger than those of the Enzo. In fact, the engineering constraints involved in packaging the two powertrains have actually resulted in a better balance between the car’s front and rear overhangs.
The LaFerrari slashes more than 5 seconds off the Enzo’s lap record at the Fiorano circuit. Such huge progress was made thanks to the hybrid technology and evolutions in traction and damping control, brakes and tyres. The integrated development of the entire car, particularly the tyres and suspension set-up, means that torque in the order of over 900 Nm can be fed through the wheels. Those levels of torque are produced by the combined effect of the V12 engine and the electric motor which provides instantaneous response at all times.
Chris Harris is one very luck chap and he sums it up perfectly in his full test.
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