LaFerrari, GTA Spano featured in HBO's Ballers but Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson can't fit in them

Article by Christian Andrei, on November 26, 2015

The Ferrari LaFerrari and the GTA Spano are considered two of the most beautiful icons in the automotive world. In fact, these two supercars are being featured in HBO's "Ballers," which Dwayne Johnson is both starring and producing.

While "The Rock" was ecstatic about featuring these two supercars, he is somewhat frustrated that he cannot fit in any of them. He remarked that producing and starring in the Ballers provided him a chance to admire, touch and play with the LaFerrari, which he described as one of the most beautifully engineered and sought-after exotic cars in the world.

As Johnson stands at 6'5" and weighs 260 lbs, it’s no wonder that he can’t get in these vehicles. Likewise, the LaFerrari features custom seat pads that are designed to fit a certain customer in mind. He remarked that while his character doesn't fit in the Spano, he will take full credit for featuring this supercar properly as the show's Executive Producer.

Well, having a Ferrari LaFerrari in one's garage is definitely something to be proud of. After all, the LaFerrari is the first Ferrari supercar to be powered by the HY-KERS system and the ICE, considered as peak of engine development and research.

Its core, a 6262 cc V12 engine develops up to 800 CV and revs up to of 9,250 rpm, which is considered the highest for an engine of this displacement. This V12 boasts of a very high 13.5:1 compression ratio as well as a high specific output equivalent to 128 CV per liter.

It is complemented by a 120 Kw (163 CV) electric motor, thus the power system of LaFerrari could churn out up to 963 CV in combined output. Total torque, meanwhile, is pegged at over 900 Nm. LaFerrari's power system provides a constant supply of power throughout the rev range, thanks to the high torque levels that the electric motor could provide even at low revs.

This also allowed Ferrari's engineers to optimize the V12's performance at higher revs. Amazingly, LaFerrari's hybrid system is made up of two electric motors that were developed in collaboration with Magneti Marelli. One of these motors power the driven wheels while the other runs the ancillaries.

Supplying the juice to these motors is a battery pack mounted on the floor of the chassis, consisting of cells assembled in the Scuderia Ferrari department. Interestingly, this is the same department where the KERS for the F138 is also assembled.

Thanks to Scuderia's know-how, components are now lighter and smaller, resulting to a battery weight of just 60 kg. With this weight, the battery is able to provide the highest energy density possible for automotive application. Advancements in technology have paved way for the batteries to be recharged in many ways, like under braking.

The batteries are also recharged when the V12 develops more torque than required, like when the LaFerrari is cornering. The excess torque will be converted to energy and stored in the batteries instead of being sent to the wheels.

Ferrari mated the electric motor to a F1 dual-clutch gearbox, which does not only optimize weight distribution, but enhances energy efficiency since torque is instantly made available to the wheels. Also, the torque is sent back from the wheels to the electric motor for recharging.

It is very hard to achieve an exceptional road or track performance without considering the value of aerodynamics. After all, an outstanding application of aerodynamics could make a vehicle go faster, save more fuel, bemore stable and even look more pleasing to the human eyes.

In the case of LaFerrari, engineers aimed to deliver an aerodynamic coefficient of nearly 3, which could be the highest degree of efficiency that could be achieved with a road car. This is all thanks to technical solutions achieved through CFD analysis and F1 Wind Tunnel testing.

Making LaFerrari more efficient are sports active aerodynamic devices like front diffusers and guide vane on the underbody as well as rear diffusers and rear spoiler. These devices generate downforce without compromising LaFerrari's overall drag coefficient.

They deploy automatically based on different performance parameters monitored in real time by LaFerrari's dynamic vehicle controls, which means that these devices deploy only when needed, using driving conditions as basis.

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