Video: Kimi Raikkonen spins out in the LaFerrari at Fiorano

Article by Christian A., on February 19, 2014

We already knew that LaFerrari is a supercar that is hard to control and you will have to be a damn good driver in order to take a safe ride with this Italian monster. Still, even good drivers fail to keep this supercar on the track. The latest one to show us this is Kimi Raikonen, who was testing the LaFerrari on Ferrari’s Fiorano racetrack.

The Finninsh driver lapped a few times on the well-known racetrack but it appears that he pushed the acceleration pedal way too much while exiting the corner and the LaFerrari couldn’t be controlled anymore. As a result, the supercar went on an uncontrolled drift and left the racetrack. The good news is that there were no damages and Kimi Raikkonen could continue driving the car.

For those who don’t know, the LaFerrari is Ferrari’s ultimate supercar a.k.a. the Enzo successor and it is powered by a 6.3-liter liter V12 engine that generates 800 hp at 9,250 rpm and 700 Nm of torque at 6,750 rpm. Moreover, the supercar also carries an electric motor that delivers an extra 163 hp, which means that the total output delivered by the hybrid system is an impressive 963 hp.

The hybrid system found on the vehicle is composed of two electric motors that were developed in collaboration with Magneti Marelli, while the battery pack is attached to the floor of the chassis. Weighing just 60 kg, the battery pack can be charged during braking and each time the V12 produces more torque than required.

Using an F1 dual-clutch gearbox, the LaFerrari zooms from 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) in under 3 seconds, to 200 km/h (124 mph) in under 7 seconds and to 300 km/h (186 mph) in 15 seconds. According to Ferrari, the LaFerrari has a lap time of under 1’20” at Fiorano, 5 seconds less than the Enzo and 3 seconds faster than the F12berlinetta. Ferrari will only build 499 LaFerraris and despite its price of over 1 million euros, all the units are already sold!

LaFerrari features dynamic controls integrated on a road car from Ferrari for the very first time with the HY-KERS system and active aerodynamics. Because of Ferrari's proprietary logic governing all the systems, the LaFerrari is able to achieve absolute levels of aerodynamic efficiency, handling, and performance, without compromising any area. An advanced yet uncompromising approach was likewise applied to the interior design, which boasts an HMI inspired by the F1 single-seat cars.

LaFerrari's architecture gave the Prancing Horse team its first challenge at the design planning stage. The goal was to achieve the ideal weight distribution of 59% at the rear, as well as to create a compact wheelbase despite its hybrid system’s extra bulk. As a result, all the masses are in between the car’s two axles and are situated as close to the floor as possible in order to lower by 35 mm its center of gravity and therefore guarantee compact dimensions and dynamic handling.

Moreover, the cabin layout made a significant contribution. The car’s seat is fixed and is tailored specifically to the driver, while its steering wheel and pedal box are both adjustable. Driving position, on the other hand, is the same as that of a single-seater. This was designed pursuant to the recommendation of Scuderia Ferrari drivers Felipe Massa and Fernando Alonso, who both played an active role all throughout the car’s development process.

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