Rumor: Ferrari working on the LaFerrari Spider

Article by Christian A., on June 18, 2014

LaFerrari is already sold out and Ferrari already announced that it will offer a track-only version that will arrive early next year. If you were not among the 499 lucky customers who bought one for $1.4 million and you don’t want the LaFerrari XX track-only version you might get lucky enough to buy the LaFerrari Spider.

According to MotorAuthority, the open-top version of the LaFerrari might be offered and will fetch around $2.8 million, double the price of the coupe version. Still, just like the SA Aperta a.k.a. the open-top version of the Ferrari 599 GTB, the LaFerrari Spider will be offered only to company’s most loyal customers.

The vehicle is expected to use the same 6.3-liter V12 engine found on the coupe version that delivers 800 hp and 700 Nm of torque, but also the electric motor that generates 163 hp (120 kW).

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

Meanwhile, the LaFerrari XX is expected to be the most powerful version with a total output of 1,050 hp.

This means that the LaFerrari XX will be more powerful than the recently announced McLaren P1 GTR, which will get “only”1,000 hp. The P1 GTR will use a smaller 3.8-liter twin-turbo V8 engine as well as an electric motor.

Ferrari is expected to offer only 30 units of the XX, while the Spider will be available to only 50 lucky customers.

LaFerrari's extraordinary performance is also attributable to its active aerodynamics, as these aids allow the car’s configuration to be completely adjusted to reach its full potential.

In creating the LaFerrari, engineers aimed to achieve the highest degree of aerodynamic efficiency among road cars, employing a number of technical solutions as polished by CFD analysis and fine-tuned in the F1 Wind Tunnel. As a result, LaFerrari boasts of a coefficient of drag value of nearly 3.

To improve the aerodynamic efficiency of the LaFerrari, the sports car is provided with an array of active aerodynamic devices like the front diffusers and guide vane on the underbody as well as rear diffusers and rear spoiler. These devices generate downforce as necessary without sacrificing the LaFerrari’s overall coefficient of drag. Depending on a number of driving factors monitored in real-time by LaFerrari’s controls, these devices could deploy automatically and ensure ideal aerodynamic configuration.

Interestingly, the active aerodynamics and hybrid system of the new LaFerrari have been seamlessly integrated with the other dynamic control systems aboard. This allows the LaFerrari to respond intelligently to driver inputs, thereby fusing high levels of performance and driving emotions.

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