First LaFerrari crashed in Monaco

Article by Christian A., on June 30, 2014

If you love cars you’d better close this window right away as looking to these images might cause you a heart attack. This is the first crash involving a LaFerrari and it just happened in Monaco. We don’t have any details but looking at the photos it doesn’t appear that the LaFerrai was speeding but still, it will not be cheap to repair this beauty!

For those who don’t know, LaFerrari is priced at over 1 million euros and it is powered by a 6.3-liter V12 engine that delivers 800 hp and 700 Nm of torque and an electric motor that develops 120 kw or 163 hp.

With a total output of 963 hp, the hybrid system pushes the LaFerrari from 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) in less than 3 seconds, to 200 km/h (124 mph) in less than 7 seconds and to 300 km/h (186 mph) in 15 seconds.

Ferrari will build only 499 units of the LaFerrari, but will also offer the XX track-focused version as well as an even more exclusive LaFerrari Spider.

During the planning phase of the design, designers of the LaFerrari were met with a major challenge, which is the architecture of the new Ferrari sports car. The design team wanted to pursue an ideal weight distribution that is 59 percent biased to the rear, as well as a compact wheelbase – a real challenge considering the extra bulk of the hybrid system.

The solution was to locate all the masses between the two axles and put them as close as possible to the floor. This lowered the sports car’s center of gravity by 35 mm, thereby guaranteeing dynamic handling and compact dimensions.

Designers were also able to achieve their goals by focusing on the layout of the cabin. While the seat is fixed and tailor-fitted to the driver, both the steering wheel and the pedal box are adjustable. Interestingly, the driving position in the LaFerrari is similar to that of a Formula 1 car, as designed with input from Scuderia Ferrari drivers Fernando Alonso and Felipe Massa.

Amazingly, the chassis of the new LaFerrari employs no less four different types of carbon-fiber -- all of which were hand-laminated and autoclave-cured in Ferrari’s racing department utilizing the same design and production process as a Formula 1 car. This allowed Ferrari to optimize the design of the new sports car, integrating a number of functions into the chassis to improve torsional rigidity (plus 27 percent) and beam stiffness (plus 22 percent) while reducing its weight.

Active aerodynamics also played a major part, since they allowed the vehicle’s configuration to be completely adjustable to achieve a breathtaking performance.

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