This is the new Ferrari Enzo ‘F70’. Quintessentially Italian, it’s named the 2013 LaFerrari. Capable of 0-300km/h in just 15 seconds thanks to a complex 708kW HY-KERS hybrid powertrain, LaFerrari is quite simply the company’s fastest and most powerful road car it has ever made.
The stye: Following in the design footsteps of other current model Ferraris, including the Ferrari 458 particularly with the headlights, the LaFerrari showcases a pin-sharp front end with deep air intakes divided into two main sections.
Down the sides features large cutaways in the doors which feed air into the engine, while at the back it’s pure unbridled race car. There’s a massive and very complex carbon fibre rear diffuser system, with a body-integrated active rear spoiler.
The soul: At the heart of LaFerrari is a 6.3-litre V12 engine producing 588kW and 700Nm – enough to be the most powerful Ferrari alone. It’s able to scream to an incredibly high 9250rpm. It’s also paired with a sophisticated HY-KERS electric motor assist setup which boosts power to 708kW.
The HY-KERS setup weighs 120kg, which is made up of 62kg for the batteries. Thanks to a predominantly carbon fibre chassis and body, LaFerrari weighs in at just 1255kg, providing a power-to-weight ratio of epic proportions; 1.77kg:1kW. The hybrid system allows the extraordinarily fast hypercar to achieve a fairly low emissions output of 330g of CO2/km.
The speed: Acceleration from 0-100km/h is done in under 3.0 seconds, 0-200km/h takes under 7.0 seconds, while 0-300km/h comes up in 15 seconds. To give you an idea, a standard Bugatti Veyron takes around 19 seconds to cover the latter sprint.
As for its top speed, Ferrari simply says over 350km/h. Ferrari rarely tries to produce a vehicle with a goal to conquer outright top speed, but even still, over 350km/h is at the very serious end of the spectrum.
The Performance: It has 398mm by 223mm front and 380mm by 253mm carbon ceramic discs clamped by massive Brembo calipers. Considering the front brakes are pretty much the size of a 16-inch alloy wheel, the potential stopping deceleration would easily out-performance its acceleration capabilities.
Helping LaFerrari turn around bends is an F1-like double wishbone front suspension layout and a complex multi-link setup on the rear. The suspension supports a set of 19-inch front and 20-inch rear alloy wheels wrapped in 265/30 and 345/30 tyres.
The technology: LaFerrari is packed with F1-style tech, in typical fastidious Ferrari fashion. There’s a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission to start with, which is connected to an E-Diff third generation electronic differential, and the EF1-Trac F1 electronic traction control linked with the hybrid system.
The serious tech doesn’t end at components that make the car move forward either, there’s a ‘SCM-E Frs’ magnetorheological damping system with twin solenoids (Al-Ni tube) for the suspension, and an active aerodynamics package with dynamic ram effect. All features are at the driver’s commands.
The market: Ferrari is expected to launch LaFerrari onto the market during the third quarter of this year. Although production numbers haven’t been officially mentioned, 499 could be a safe bet. Prices are set to kick off at a bank-frightening US$1.69 million.