Ferrari CEO confirms plans for LaFerrari Spider

Article by Christian Andrei, on May 18, 2016

Speculators are going wild with the news that Sergio Marchionne, Ferrari CEO, has confirmed plans for the LaFerrari Spider. According to a report by Mobile.de, a Rosso red LaFerrari Spider is being sold by Investment Cars GmbH in the amount of €4,285,714, or around $4,885,285. This amount however does not include the value added tax of 19%, meaning it can likely raise its gross price to as high as €5,100,000, about $5,811,348.

While there may be some debate on whether the post at Mobile.de is indeed true, the company in question claims to have years of experience and a prowess at being able to find cars by having access to as well as direct contact, with a number of private collectors. This may pan out though as Marchionne claims that possible buyers have already been contacted regarding purchase of the vehicle. While there continues to be doubts, the post claims that only 70 units of the LaFerrari Spider will be manufactured.

The brand remains to be silent on the LaFerrari Spider but reports have said that it will have the standard doors with a removable roof that is composed of two different panels. Powering it probably is a 6.3-liter V12 engine supported with an electric motor. This combination allows the LaFerrari coupe to deliver total output at 963 horsepower. Though it can be a bit slower than the coupe as it accelerates from 0 to 62 mph in under 3 seconds, maximum speed is at 217 mph.

Having a significant impact on this model is the active aerodynamics as they can allow the car to completely adjust its configuration in order to result in exceptional performance. In creating this vehicle, the goal of the engineers was to have the best aerodynamic efficiency for a road car.

In fact, its coefficient is almost 3 due to the various technical solutions perfect with CFD analysis and fine-tuned using the F1 Wind Tunnel. In order to increase efficiency, it has active aerodynamic devices in the front like the guide vane on its underbody and diffusers with the rear contributing through the spoiler and diffusers. This allows downforce to be generated when necessary without the need to sacrifice the overall drag coefficient of the vehicle.

These different devices are able to deploy immediately depending on the various performance parameters that are consistently monitored by its dynamic vehicle controls in real time. This ensures that the ideal configuration is present depending on the current driving conditions. Of the many innovative features, one that stands out is its active aerodynamics that has been integrated to it. Its hybrid system has also been integrated with the other dynamic control systems inside.

Since this means that the car is able to intelligently respond to the input of the driver, this allows for a smooth mix of extraordinary performance and unequalled driving emotions. Ensuring that the electric motor is integrated optimally with the V12 to result in immediate response are the brand’s proprietary algorithms. A good example is when the vehicle is cornering. With the HY-KERS, the revolution of the V12 engine remains high allowing for better acceleration upon exit.

Integrated with its hybrid system as well is the Brembo braking system. This time it has new features like the discs made of carbon-ceramic material but come with a new composition and with callipers made to certify correct cooling. Due to this extreme performance potential, there was a need to have a different tyre set-up and thus it has sized 265/30 R 19 Pirelli P-Zeros on its front with the 345/30 R 20s tyres on its rear.

Overall maximum driving thrill is assured no matter what the situation is with performance levels ensured to be top-of-the-line. It can go from 0 to 100 km/h in under 3 seconds and from 0 to 200 below 7 seconds. The Fiorano’s lap time is measured at 1'20" -- this is 5 seconds better than the Enzo and more than 3 seconds better when compared to the F12berlinetta. One can confidently say then that the LaFerrari is indeed the fastest road car in the long history of Maranello.

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