[UPDATE: LaFerrari became official today at the Geneva Motor Show, read all about it here!] - Ferrari's next supercar has a pre-tax starting price of around 1 million euros, several sources told Automotive News Europe. They said that in Italy, the base version of the Ferrari Enzo replacement will be priced at an estimated 1.21 million euros after taxes.
They said that there will only be 499 units produced, a hundred higher than the Enzo. Ferrari is increasing the volume to cope with the rising demand for the brand in Asia, especially China. When the Enzo was launched in Italy in 2002, it was priced from 665,000 euros with taxes. Now, these used Enzo models could sell for over 1 million.
Ferrari didn’t disclose the price or volume figures for the still-to-be-named Enzo replacement, which is referred to by its code-name, F150 project. In addition, the Fiat SpA subsidiary is not releasing any official images of the gasoline-electric hybrid, which is presently on display at its Maranello headquarters before it makes its global debut on March 5 at the Geneva auto show. Just two images of the model have come out so far.
This teaser was published in Ferrari's in-house magazine in the issue for December. In an event earlier this month in Turin, Fiat-Chrysler CEO Sergio Marchionne announced that the new Ferrari it is already sold out. According to sources, the Enzo replacement will offer more than 900 hp, putting together a new V-12 normally aspirated direct-injection gasoline engine with an electric motor -- part of a high-performance hybrid system that Ferrari refers to as HY-KERS. Ferrari declined to provide many details.
However, it confirmed that the replacement for the Enzo will exceed the F12 Berlinetta's output of 740 hp. While testing, Ferrari said that its HY-KERS hybrid has reduced fuel consumption by around 40%. Furthermore, this system cut short its 0 to 200kph acceleration time from 8.5 seconds to 5.5 seconds compared with a comparable model without the system.
A carbon fiber chassis will be used by the new Ferrari. It’s likely to keep down the weight of this car as close as possible to the Enzo's 1,365kg (3,009 pounds). This hybrid system will make the car heavier by 150kg, broken down to be 50kg for the electric motor and controls and 100kg for the batteries.
At the planning phase of the design, the architecture of the LaFerrari stood as the first test for the Prancing Horse team. The goal was to attain a compact wheelbase and perfect weight distribution (59% at the rear) even with the added bulk of the hybrid system. The goal is to have all of the weight placed between the automobile’s two axles and as near as possible to the floor. This goal is intended to lower its center of gravity (by 35 millimeters). By doing so, there is an assurance of compact dimensions and dynamic handling.
In this regard, a noteworthy role was made by the draft of the cabin. The seat is secured and be-spoke to the driver. The steering wheel and the pedal box are both adjustable.
After consulting the drivers of the Scuderia Ferrari, the driving position is the same as that of a single seater. It was made after consulting Felipe Massa and Fernando Alonso. Both are Scuderia Ferrari drivers who have played dynamic roles all through the process of development.
The chassis of the LaFerrari features impressive four types of carbon-fiber, all autoclave-cured and hand-laminated in the racing department. They did so by using similar design and production techniques as the Formula 1 car.
This aided in optimizing the design: several functions were included, such as battery and seat compartment, into the chassis. The purpose is to enhance torsional stiffness (+27%) and beam rigidity (+22%) while decreasing weight.
The LaFerrari is the pioneering vehicle in the history of Ferrari to be powered by HY-KERS system. The height of engine development and research is embodied by the ICE with a 6262 cc V12 that produces 800 CV and a maximum of 9,250 rpm revs. It also offers a high 13.5:1 compression ratio and a high specific output up to 128 CV per liter.
The engine is paired with a 120 Kw (163 CV) electric motor. The pairing gives it a joined power output of 963 CV. [rendering via: Disegno LaColla]