A rendering has been released of Maserati's rumored LaFerrari-based supercar that’s expected to arrive in 2015. This rendering, which was created by Anton Gjorsev, looks similar to the newly presented LaFerrari. It could share similarities with Maserati's own version that’s due in 2015.
In a previous report, it was said that the two-seater will lose the hybrid setup of the LaFerrari and it will be powered by the same V12 6.3-liter engine or by a quad-turbo 3.8-liter V8 that comes from the Quattroporte.
No matter what the engine, its power output will be lower. Considering that the hybrid hardware will not be installed, Maserati's supercar will be lighter and will be offered only as a coupe. The electrical, suspension and chassis will come from the LaFerrari. Meanwhile, several of the body panels will be built specially from carbon fiber.
For Ferrari, developing a special limited-series such as LaFerrari signifies a chance to try out all the advance technology solutions that will eventually filter to their production vehicles. Of special importance in this environment is the introducing of the hybrid system that, fully using the Scuderia Ferrari's F1 KERS expertise, resulted in the elevation of Ferrari's essential values – thrilling performances and drives.
The hybrid technology, known as HY-KERS, stands for the flawless combining of optimum performance and lowered emissions. LaFerrari actually releases only 330 g/km of CO2 while not resorting to an electric-only drive that would not match this model’s mission. The HY-KERS system, nevertheless, is designed so that cars using future applications can be operated exclusively on electric power for a few kilometres. While being tested during development, a fully electric variation of LaFerrari has very low CO2 emissions of 220 g/km on the combined cycle.
The LaFerrari comes with dynamic controls with a first-time integration on a Ferrari road car with active aerodynamics along with the HY-KERS system. Thanks to the Ferrari proprietary logic that governs every system, the vehicle can reach ultimate levels of operations, streamlined efficiency, and performance with no type of compromise anywhere. An extremely advanced, uncompromising strategy also appears in the interior’s design, featuring an HMI drawing inspiration from the single-seat F1 racers.
During the planning for the design, the team at the Prancing Horse faced the architecture of LaFerrari as their first challenge. They aimed to produce superlative distribution of weight (59% at the back) and a solid wheelbase in spite of the added bulk of a hybrid system. The outcome is that all its mass sits between the two car axles and as close to the floor as feasible to bring down its balance point by 35 mm, thereby guaranteeing vibrant control and compact proportions.
The arrangement of the cabin significantly contributed to this. The seat is set and personalised to the driver, and the pedal box and steering wheel are both adjustable. The driver positioning is like that of a single-seat vehicle, having a design developed after consulting with Fernando Alonso and Felipe Massa, Scuderia Ferrari drivers, who actively participated during the full process of development.
The chassis of the LaFerrari's has at least four different carbon fibre types, all laminated by hand and cured by autoclave in the race department using the same methods for design and manufacture as the Formula 1 racer. This assisted in optimising the design: numerous functions were incorporated (e.g. seats and battery compartment) into the chassis to enhance the torsional rigidity (+27%) and beam stiffness (+22%) while lowering the weight.