Crazy customer buys Ferrari F12berlinetta to get the more expensive LaFerrari

Article by Christian Andrei, on August 6, 2013

There are many Ferrari fans around the world, but this one is definitely the craziest. We’re taking about the first Ferrari F12berlinetta customer in the Philippines who bought the impressive sports car for an astonishing 32.9 million pesos or almost $753,000. The car was sold by the only Ferrari dealer in the Philippines, Autostrada Motore.

Still, this not the only interesting thing regarding the new Ferrari as the coupe was bought by the unknown customer in order to have the right to buy the new LaFerrari. Apparently, Ferrari will only sell its new supercar only to special clients or to those who own at least five Ferrari cars.

According to the Ferrari dealer, the unknown customer owns five Ferraris now. Still, this doesn’t make him a LaFerrari customer as the Italian manufacturer has several special clients around the world.

The 2014 LaFerrari is the first in the long line of cars from Ferrari to have the HY-KERS system. The ICE characterizes the peak of development and research of new engines and has resulted in a 6262 cc V12 engine that can churn out 800 CV and can reach a maximum revolution of 9,250 rpm, clearly a record for this type of engine. It also has a 13.5:1 compression ratio and a specific output of 128 CV per liter.

Combined with a 163 CV electric motor, the engine attains 963 CV of total power output. Engineers have been able to optimize the performance of the engine’s internal combustion at higher revolutions by having higher torque levels attainable at low revolutions through the electric. Thus, exceptional power is constantly supplied throughout the revolution range. In fact, the total torque generated exceeds 900 Nm.

In partnership with Magneti Marelli, Ferrari has developed a hybrid system that has two electric motors with one powering the wheels and the other its ancillaries. The system also includes a battery pack that has been attached to the floor of its chassis and is made up of cells that have been assembled in its Scuderia Ferrari department. This is the same department that manufactures the KERS system for the F138.

The expertise of Scuderia is seen in how it was able to lessen both the weight and size of the different components to merely 60 kg while continuing to give the highest energy density necessary to be used. The batteries of the electric can be recharged in various ways like under braking or hard braking while the ABS is currently active.

It can also charge the batteries when the V12 is able to produce more torque then necessary like during cornering. What happens is that instead of the excess torque being transferred to the wheels, it is instead converted to energy and then stored inside the batteries. The F1 dual-clutch gearbox also boosts the energy efficiency of the electric motor by having the torque available to the wheels or uses it in recharging the electric motor.

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