Apr 19, 2013

Uncovered March 5 at the Geneva International Motor Show, the LaFerrari is the first car in Ferrari history to be powered by the Hy-Kers hybrid system.

The LaFerrari’s architecture guarantees dynamic handling and compact dimensions. The aim was to achieve ideal weight distribution (59 percent at the rear) and a compact wheelbase despite the extra bulk of the hybrid system. As a result, all the masses are situated between the car’s two axles and as close as possible to the floor to lower the center of gravity.

Engineered for maximum performance and lower emissions, the Hy-Kers hybrid system is composed of two electric motors developed in collaboration with Magneti Marelli. One motor powers the driven wheels, and the second controls the ancillaries and a battery pack attached to the floor of the chassis, according to Ferrari.

“We chose to call this model LaFerrari,” said Luca di Montezemolo, Ferrari’s president, “because it is the maximum expression of what defines our company-”excellence. Excellence in terms of technological innovation, performance, 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.”

Patented Ferrari algorithms deliver optimal integration of the electric motor and V-12 for instantaneous response. The LaFerrari is capable of accelerating from 0-62 mph in less than 3 seconds and 0-124 mph in under 7 seconds.

The LaFerrari’s Brembo braking system is also integrated with the hybrid system and incorporates new features such as lightweight calipers designed to guarantee correct cooling and carbon-ceramic material discs with a new composition.

To boost efficiency, the LaFerrari features sports active aerodynamic devices on its 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. The devices are activated automatically by a number of different performance parameters, the automaker noted.

The Ferrari design team led by Flavio Manzoni developed the LaFerrari’s styling. The car has a sharp, downward-sloping nose and a very low bonnet, which emphasizes its muscular wheel arches. This is a nod to the forms of the 1960s Ferrari sports prototypes.

The whole interior has a track-inspired allure. The seat of the LaFerrari is similar to that of a single-seater, and is fixed and tailored to the driver, while both the pedal box and steering wheel are adjustable.

The company says it will build 499 of them.