Miniature version of LaFerrari Spider offers sneak peek of hypercar convertible

Article by Andrew Christian, on June 21, 2016

Earlier this year, Ferrari announced that it will be working on a convertible version of one of the greatest hypercars of this generation, the Ferrari LaFerrari. During a private event which the Italian automaker hosted earlier this year, little carbon fiber boxes were distributed to their most loyal owners – specifically, FXX K owners. The boxes were in a sophisticated black color with red linings and its cover had a sketch of what looked like an outlined silhouette of the convertible LaFerrari.

Ferrari’s new CEO and head of FCA, Sergio Marchionne, has also recently revealed that the LaFerrari Spider is already all set and ready to go for production. Potential buyers of the said convertible have already been contacted by the company. Ferrari is said to produce only 150 to 200 units of the Spider but that number is still unverified. There are also speculations that the Ferrari Spider will cost more than $1.7 million or may be double the price of the LaFerrari coupe.

Other than the information that we have mentioned, there’s not much that Ferrari is willing to give out for this most anticipated convertible. However, there have been photos that have been revolving around the internet that shows a miniature version of the LaFerrari Spider. It may not be a life size version but it would sure give us some hint of what to expect of the styling.

The 1:43 scale die-cast model of the convertible shows the similarity of the roofless version with that of the hardtop original. There won’t be any protruding buttresses on the LaFerrari Spider unlike that on the 488 Spider. Furthermore, it will come with a glass engine cover which for gearheads would be a chance to get a sneak peek of the 6.3-liter V12 engine which will power this ferocious hypercar convertible.

Come rain, snow or extreme heat, the LaFerrari Spider will also adopt some kind of removable hardtop just like that in a Porsche Carrera GT. Also, it looks like the Italian automaker will also add a folding roof cubby with cover – as hinted by the “unusual” panel in the middle of the seat backs and the glass engine cover. With that, let’s just expect that the convertible version will be heavier than the original. It would take a lot of parts to create the mechanism for the foldable roof so it would more likely add to the weight – add in the extra chassis bracing, too. But since these things haven’t been confirmed by Ferrari themselves, let’s just keep our eyes peeled for more reveals and hints.

Everyone in the auto world is anticipating the arrival of the Ferrari LaFerrari. Some do not even seem to be bothered about the weight gain that the convertible will be receiving because by the end of the day, this 1,000 horsepower hybrid would definitely change the game for every hypercar.

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