Earlier today we revealed you the first official photo of the LaFerrari, Ferrari’s latest supercar a.k.a. Enzo sccessor. Set to make its official debut today at the 2013 Geneva Motor Show, the new LaFerrari is a limited series supercar and according to the Italian manufacturer only 499 will be made. Why this name? Well, according to Ferrari’s president Luca di Montezemolo., this is the maximum expression of what defines the company.
Ok, enough with the talking, let’s see what this baby has for us. Ferrari says that the LaFerrari is the first car in its history to be powered by the HY-KERS System. This system includes a 6.3-liter V12 engine that delivers 800 hp at 9,250 rpm and 700 Nm of torque at 6,750 rpm. Moreover, there is an electric motor that delivers 120 kW or 163 hp, which takes the total output delivered by the car at 963 hp.
The high torque levels available at low revs from the electric motor allowed the engineers to optimise the internal combustion engine’s performance at higher revs, thus providing a constant supply of exceptional power throughout the rev range.
The hybrid system is composed of two electric motors developed in collaboration with Magneti Marelli – one powering the driven wheels and the second the ancillaries. The battery pack is attached to the floor of the chassis and consists of cells that are assembled in the Scuderia Ferrari department where the KERS for the F138 is also made.
The battery weighs only 60 kg. Ferrari says that the batteries can be charged during braking (even hard braking with the ABS active) and every time the V12 produces more torque than required, such as in cornering. The electric motor is mated to the F1 dual-clutch gearbox to the benefit of optimal weight distribution. LaFerrari emits just 330 g/km of CO2. Moreover, the LaFerrari achieves ideal weight distribution (59% at the rear) and a compact wheelbase despite the extra bulk of the hybrid system.
This translates into a lower centre of gravity (by 35 millimetres) and thereby guarantee dynamic handling and compact dimensions. The chassis features four different types of carbon-fibre, all hand-laminated and autoclave-cured in the racing department using the same design and production methods as the Formula 1 car. Regarding the aerodynamics, the car has a coefficient of nearly 3, thanks to technical solutions honed with CFD analysis and fine-tuned in the F1 Wind Tunnel.
To boost efficiency, the LaFerrari sports active aerodynamic devices front (diffusers and guide vane on the underbody) and rear (diffusers and rear spoiler) which generate downforce when needed. These devices deploy automatically on the basis of a number of different performance parameters. The LaFerrari’s Brembo braking system is also integrated with the hybrid system, and incorporates several new features, including new lightweight callipers designed to guarantee correct cooling and carbon-ceramic material (CCM) discs featuring a new composition.
The LaFerrari uses high performance Pirelli P Zero tires: 265/30 R 19 on the front and 345/30 R 20s on the rear. The LaFerrari can sprint from 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) in under 3 seconds, to 200 km/h (124 mph) in under 7 seconds and to 300 km/h (186 mph) in 15 seconds. Moreover, the LaFerrari has a lap time at Fiorano of under 1’20” – 5 seconds faster than the Enzo and over 3 seconds faster than the F12berlinetta.