In the pinnacle of supercars, on the higher positions, Ferrari is on top. Among other supercars makers, Ferrari accomplished to raise the bar of supercars creating a new segment of exotic cars. This new segment represents the future.
In this release, LaFerrari (project name F150) is breaking all precedents. Let’s begin with its name: if you translate it, it’d be something like “The Ferrari”. Why choose such a name? The company said that it is the ultimate and the purest essence of Ferrari. A masterpiece. The very best product of innovation, emotion, and passion.
The hypercar segment is now getting crowded with very interesting bets. Among them, we can find some remarkable, cutting-edge models from companies like Porsche, McLaren, and Koenigsegg. There is one common thing among recent hypercars and it’s that they are relying notably on hybrid powertrains. This may be a marketing stunt. Yet, they are transforming the way we see electric vehicles. The revolution is around the corner and cars like LaFerrari are pushing it forward.
This is an exclusive model from the Italian maker, and it’s limited to only 499 units. Another interesting fact is that it’s the first street-legal gasoline-electric hybrid. Unveiled at the 2013 Geneva Auto Show, it immediately left a lot of people impressed about its uniqueness.
A leading-edge vehicle to change everything. The cornerstone for Motorsports’ bright future. A sounding success, even if we limit our criteria to its own unique degree of innovation. Technology at its best, delighting those with deep pockets and a lot of money to spend.
Another interesting fact about this hypercar is that Pininfarina, the Italian design firm didn’t take part in the design, making it the first Ferrari since Bartone-styled 1973 Dino 308 GT4 not to have Pininfarina’s style touch.
This 2-door Berlinetta is aerodynamic as few. The design was developed inside of a wind tunnel, normally used to design Formula 1 cars. This represents one of the huge efforts from Ferrari’s engineers to deliver one of the most efficient Ferrari models in recent years.
But, of course: to this masterpiece is not enough being one of the most beautiful or aerodynamic cars from Ferrari. It has to be the fastest as well. Agile, crazy, exciting, and laser-like focused when it comes to heating the track.
Without losing more time, it’s the moment to review this Italian hypercar, one that represents the future. Let’s get into the details.
Powertrain and Italian Guts
With such a complex hypercar, we need to begin with the basics. The 2015 LaFerrari was built with two engines. The main one is a mid-rear mounted Ferrari F140 65º V12 with the 6.3 L capacity. This massive petrol-fed beast is capable of producing up to 789 hp at 9000 rpm and 516 lb-ft of torque at 6750 rpm.
Alongside with the main petrol engine, the LaFerrari gets a 161-hp KERS unit (called HY-KERS), providing a burst of extra power. This system helps the combustion engine to achieve a combined output of 950hp and 664lb-ft of torque. The powertrain setup gets completed with a 7-speed dual clutch transmission which sends the torque to the rear axle.
The massive output is the highest power output coming from Ferrari models. At the same time, we get fuel consumption decrease of 40 percent. Of course, this is an achievement of the hybrid system, which uses cutting-edge technology. Plenty of horsepower and a weight of 3495 lb, allows the car to go from zero to 60 mph in 2.4 seconds. The 2015 LaFerrari can reach a top speed of 218 mph (348 km/h), making our jaws to drop.
Acceleration in detail can blow our minds. For example, acceleration from zero to 124 mph is rated under seven seconds. Getting close to the top speed, going beyond 186 mph, can be done in 15 seconds. This, along with some track records performed by Ferrari, means that this is the fastest car ever produced by the company.
An obvious yet interesting fact is that the 2015 LaFerrari is the first hybrid car produced by Ferrari. What can we understand from this event? A company like Ferrari, one that is close to Motorsport and the finest car culture in the world, believes in electric vehicles.
While hybrid models continue to rely on gas to move forward, they represent a massive leap to the future. Many tech companies lost the battle and went out of the market because the public didn’t believe. Now, this kind of moves from heavy players like Ferrari can change the game for the entire industry.
Now, let’s forget about the hybrid factor for a moment and address other relevant specs. The 2015 LaFerrari comes with carbon-ceramic Brembo discs that guarantee outstanding breaking power. These discs have 398 mm in the front and 380 in the back. Wrapping them up, this hypercar enjoys of Pirelli P Zero Corsa tires, something that doesn’t surprise us.
The structural developed achieved a 27-percent increase in torsional rigidity in comparison with the Enzo model. The same happens with the beam stiffness, which increased 22 percent. In terms of suspension, this world-class vehicle has a doble wishbone layout in the front and a multi-link suspension in the rear.
As expected, the 2015 LaFerrari has abundant toys that enhance the way we drive it. Electronic controls like high-end ABS/EBD, EF1-Trac F1 electronic traction control, SCM-E Frs magnetorheological damping with twin solenoids, E-Diff 3 electronic differential, and ESC are present. These fantastic features, along with active aerodynamics, are responsible for the hypercar’s outstanding performance on the track.
Design Line and Interior
The exterior of the 2015 LaFerrari is like its name translated into English: “The Ferrari”. Beautiful, exotic, and impossible to not staring at it for long periods of time. We are seeing one of the most beautiful cars created by this company, even in comparison with old models.
Pininfarina’s designs remain as a very familiar trend, one that all of us recall. Yet, this car is the true and pure example of perfection materialized into a car. Despite Pininfarina’s absence, the result is completely satisfactory. Aerodynamic was dramatically optimized with this design. It’s full of exquisite curves, tons of asymmetric forms, and perfect panels.
The cockpit is just as impressive as the exterior, accessing via doors that swing upwards. Once inside, the presence of an F1 theme is evident. The steering wheel, the room in the cockpit, and the several racing features makes you feel as close to driving an F1. As many other very-high-end Ferrari models, the Motorsport’s spirit is present.
Ferrari filled up the center console with knobs to control features as climate control. The dash screen is a massive 12.3-inch, providing all the information needed for a proper track use. The seats were incredibly well designed, in aesthetics, comfort, and convenience terms. There is no middle ground in terms of quality. Everything on the 2015 LaFerrari was created to be as close as possible to perfection.
The Bottom Line
There is no doubt that the 2015 LaFerrari focuses on those ambitious things that the team couldn’t achieve with the Enzo. This new, more technological approach is here to establish a serious statement.
Ferrari chose a name to suggest that this was the very definitive creation. A true masterpiece for the people to remember. But there’s plenty more to talk about. We are not saying enough by stating that the LaFerrari has created a remarkable hypercar.
So far, the success of this hybrid model has been astonishing, creating its own fan base for the years to come. In fact, after Ferrari sold them for US$1.3 million back in 2014, a buyer bought one of an auction for US$7 million. And what this means? Thanks to this auction sale, the 2015 LaFerrari became the most valuable 21st-century vehicle.
Impressive feats continue. The 2015 LaFerrari didn’t die as quick as its predecessor. Ferrari decided to launch a revamped, even more, limited version of this hypercar: the LaFerrari Aperta. While some may say that this is a simple spider version, there’s plenty more.
The LaFerrari Aperta got upgraded powertrain’s control tools, more efficient radiators that improve cooling and aerodynamics, and some minor changes that enhance even further the downforce. There are many details about the LaFerrari Aperta that we will address in an upcoming article. Right now, it’s all about the one and only hypercar.
Before we end, we need to mention the FXX-K. Ferrari realized that a track-focused version of the LaFerrari was needed to please hardcore fans. Yes, the same story as the Enzo’s FXX.
In the process, the company created the FXX-K, a track beast based on the hypercar. Ferrari produced 40 units. Numbers? 1039 horsepower and 664 lb-ft of maximum torque. More details soon!
The base price for the 2015 LaFerrari is US$1.3 million.