LaFerrari XX rumored to ditch the V12 engine in favor of a turbocharged V6

Article by Christian A., on May 1, 2014

We already said that the LaFerrari is maybe the most extreme Ferrari ever produced but it appears that the Italian company has even bigger plans. For those who don’t know, Ferrari will continue its tradition and offer a track-focused version of its latest supercar dubbed LaFerrari XX.

What’s more interesting is that the new hardcover version of the LaFerrari will ditch the V12 engine in favor of a V6 turbo hybrid powertrain derived from Formula 1. According to a Top Gear source, the LaFerrari XX will arrive next year, in January or February.

Comparing it with the standard version, the track version of the LaFerrari will offer a revised suspension system but also a new aerodynamic kit. For those who don’t know, the standard LaFerrari is powered by a 6.3-liter V12 engine that generates 800 hp at 9,250 rpm and 700 Nm of torque at 6,750 rpm.

In addition, the supercar uses an electric motor that delivers 120 kW or 163 hp, which means that the total output developed by the hybrid system is 963 hp. The hybrid system uses not one, but two electric motors: one powering the driven wheels and the second the ancillaries.

The electric motors take their energy from the battery pack (which weighs 60 kg) located on the floor of the chassis.

Regarding the performances, these are extreme: 0-100 km/h (62 mph) in under 3 seconds, 0-200 km/h (124 mph) in under 7 seconds and 0-300 km/h (186 mph) in 15 seconds, while top speed is in excess of 218 mph or 350 km/h. Thanks to the hybrid system, the LaFerrari emits only 330 g/km of CO2.

Ferrari will only produce 499 units of the LaFerrari but all of them are already sold. So, if you want one, i guess a second hand version will be the perfect solution for you.

The upcoming LaFerrari XX is expected to be even faster than this beast and this only means that the rumors regarding a possible Nurburgring lap time of 6 minutes and 35 seconds might be real.

The team at the Prancing Horse knew that when it came to the planning stage of the LaFerrari’s design, the main challenge would be focused on the architecture. The goal was two-fold with the first being to get that ideal weight distribution, specifically 59% of the weight at the rear. The second goal was to get a compact wheelbase even if the hybrid system has that added bulk.

Because of this, all of the vehicle’s masses are placed in the middle of the two axles and as near as possible to the model’s floor so that the center of gravity is lower by 35 mm. This ensures both compact dimensions and dynamic handling. Helping with this aspect is how the cabin has been configured. While the seat has been fixed and customized to the driver, both the steering wheel and the pedal box can be easily adjusted.

In fact, the driving position is much like how one would experience being in a single-seater. Not surprising since the design was a result of consulting Felipe Massa and Fernando Alonso, both drivers at Scuderia Ferrari. In fact these two have an active role in the whole development process.

Looking at the chassis, one can see that there are at least four different types of carbon-fiber, all of which have been autoclave-cured and hand-laminated in the racing department by utilizing the same design, as well as the production methods, on a Formula 1 car.

As such, the design was optimized. Different functions, like the battery compartment and seats, have been integrated to the chassis. This lowers weight while increasing the beam stiffness by 22% and enhancing torsional rigidity by 27%. Dynamic controls have been fitted on the LaFerrari and for the first time on a Ferrari road model, it comes with the HY-KERS system and active aerodynamics.

Because of the brand’s proprietary logic that rules all of the systems, this model is able to reach exceptional levels when it comes to handling, aerodynamic efficiency, and performance, without sacrificing any area. The interior meanwhile has a design that clearly used an uncompromising and highly-advanced approach that features HMI inspired by the single-seater F1 vehicles.

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