Let us play with the LaFerrari online configurator

Article by Christian A., on March 24, 2013

The 2014 Ferrari LaFerrari online color configurator has made its debut just days after the model’s successful unveiling at the 2013 Geneva Auto Show. First of all, the supercar will finally be seen in a color other than red. It also offers a 360-degree view of the LaFerrari. With the online configurator, we can view the LaFerrari in Rosso Corsa (red), Nero (black) or Giallo Modena (yellow).

However, the supercar is available in any color preferred by the customer. So far, Ferrari has received more than 1,000 requests for the LaFerrari but it has revealed that only 499 samples of the car will be produced. In addition, Ferrari revealed that the new exhibition at the Ferrari Museum in Maranello will demonstrate the LaFerrari’s development.

The name of this new exhibition is "Ferrari Supercar. Technology. Design. Myth." In a statement, Ferrari said that a big portion of the exhibition is intended to show the development of the LaFerrari, displaying its technical content as well as styling.

Visitors will see how the car was conceptualized and what events came after that even up to the approval for the final car. There will also be two full-scale models aside from illustrations on the different stages the car went through in its design and development. The exhibition will last until September 30.

LaFerrari's structure presented the first obstacle for its team at the design planning stage. The goal was to reach an ideal weight distribution (59% at the rear) and a compact wheelbase in spite of the bulkiness of being a hybrid. This resulted in all masses being located between the vehicle's two axles and as close as achievable to the floor to lower its centre of gravity (by 35 mm) and so guaranteeing vibrant handling and compact proportions.

The cabin’s layout significantly contributed to this. The seat is positioned with the driver in mind, and the pedal box and steering wheel can be adjusted. The driving location is like a single-seater and was engineered after consulting with Scuderia Ferrari drivers, Fernando Alonso and Felipe Massa, who both actively played a role during the full development process.

The LaFerrari's chassis has at least four different carbon-fibre types, all hand-laminated and autoclave-cured in the racing department with the same methods of design and production as for Formula 1. This increased design optimisation: many functions were combined (e.g. seats and battery compartments) into the chassis to better torsional rigidity (+27%) and beam stiffness (+22%) while reducing weight.

Powertrain

The LaFerrari is the first Ferrari vehicle ever to be powered by the HY-KERS system. The ICE denotes the apex of engine development and research, with a 6262 cc V12 that produces 800 CV and revs to a 9,250-rpm maximum, a record for an engine of this displacement. It also has an extremely high 13.5:1 compression ratio and a high specific output equal to 128 CV/L. The engine is matched with a 120 Kw (163 CV) electronic motor, creating a total 963 CV power output.

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