Although car sales are currently dropping in Europe, it appears that one company is not seeing this phenomenon. Yes, we are talking about Ferrari as the Italian manufacturer has just sold all the LaFerrari supercars, according to NBC. Priced at $1.4 million, the LaFerrari is the first supercar in more than a decade, after the Enzo.
For those who don’t know, LaFerrari is powered by a 6.3-liter V12 engine rated at 800 hp and 700 Nm of torque. Moreover, the hybrid system found on this supercar uses an electric motor that delivers 120 kW or 163 hp. This means that the total output delivered by the car is 963 hp.
With these numbers, LaFerrari hits 60 mph in less than 3 seconds and has a top speed of 220 mph (354 km/h).
LaFerrari is also a good opportunity to invest in. For example, the Ferrari Enzo had a price of $650,000 when it was launched, back in 2002, and now it is selling for about $2 million. The new Italian supercar is expected to follow the same value curve.
For the first time, a Ferrari road car with active aerodynamics and the HY-KERS system – through the LaFerrari – features integrated dynamic controls. The Italian carmaker’s proprietary logic allows the LaFerrari to attain great levels of performance, aerodynamic efficiency as well as handling – all without having to sacrifice other crucial elements. Ferrari also took an uncompromising approach when tackling the LaFerrari’s interior design, which comes equipped with a human-machine interface (HMI), as inspired by Ferrari F1 cars.
Ferrari’s first ultimate challenge in planning the design of the LaFerrari was the car’s architecture, as the team wanted to achieve an ideal weight distribution that is biased to the rear (59 percent). The design team also wanted to give the LaFerrari a compact wheelbase while still accommodating its bulky hybrid system. These challenges were overcome by having the masses located between the LaFerrari’s two axles and as close as possible to the floor. This doesn’t just lower the car’s center of gravity by 35 mm, but also ensures that the LaFerrari offers compact dimensions and dynamic handling.
Helping tackle this challenge is the layout of the car’s cabin. Although the seat is fixed and customized to the driver, both the pedal box and steering wheel could be adjusted accordingly. It results to a driving position similar to that of an F1 single-seater. Interestingly, this setup was decided with inputs from Scuderia Ferrari drivers Fernando Alonso and Felipe Massa.
Interestingly, the chassis of the LaFerrari makes use of no less than four different types of carbon-fiber – all of which were hand-laminated and autoclave-cured in Ferrari’s racing department employing the same design and production process as the Formula 1 car. This resulted to an optimized design that integrates various functions – like the seats and battery compartment -- into the chassis. While this helped reduce weight, this also enhanced the car’s torsional rigidity by 27 percent and beam stiffness by 22 percent.