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The Lowdown On LaFerrari

April 30, 2014

The iconic Ferrari Enzo was first launched back in 2002 as the flagship supercar of legendary Italian automaker Ferrari. Although they have released numerous models since, none have compared to the Enzo in terms of sheer engineering finesse and ability. Now, as the Enzo approaches its 12 year anniversary, Ferrari are launching its replacement, ‘LaFerrari’. First announced last year at the 2013 Geneva Motor Show, orders for the £1.1 million car went through the roof – so if you fancy getting your hands on LaFerrari, you’d better get in line.

 

Ferrari are only making 499 LaFerraris, with each application personally approved by Ferrari chairman, Luca Di Montezemolo. It is expected the re-sale value of the car will be higher than its original list price due to demand – meaning collectors stand a chance to make serious profits from the new Ferrari.

The LaFerrari comes with a twist – it’s Ferraris first hybrid supercar. The monster 6.3 litre V12 engine works in tandem with an electric motor, producing a total power output of 950 bhp. Electric power provides the added benefit of even torque throughout the rev range, meaning that the new Ferrari will rocket from 0-60 mph in under 3 seconds and sustain its acceleration beyond this. Ferrari claim the LaFerrari is capable of speeds over 217 mph, but we reckon it’s capable of much faster speeds than this.

With all that power, Ferrari faced a tricky situation when directing it to the wheels. Wisely employing their racing know-how, engineers have fitted the LaFerrari with a 7-speed gearbox straight out of their Formula One car.

The 160 bhp electric motor is powered by a 60kg lithium-ion battery pack, mounted low in the chassis, giving the LaFerrari a lower centre of gravity and improving performance. Unlike other hybrids, there’s no electric power only mode, nor can the Ferrari be plugged in to charge it. Named the Hy-Kers system, the hybrid functionality is designed to work in conjunction with the Ferrari’s roaring V12, optimising torque and acceleration. The LaFerrari features regenerative braking technology, converting excess energy to recharge the batteries.

 

Initial test drives and reviews of the LaFerrari are glowing, with claims that the hybrid system works flawlessly. The incredible performance and handling make this one of Ferrari’s best efforts yet. LaFerrari has firmly staked its place as one of the best supercars in the world. This is probably why Ferrari literally named it ‘The Ferrari’, the one that trumps them all.

The LaFerrari might be the stuff of dreams, but that doesn’t mean you can’t get your hands on some racing history from the legendary automaker. In fact, we found this stunning 2001 Ferrari 360 Modena on sale for just shy of £40,000 – a relative bargain in supercar terms. Looking for car finance? Look no further than the Car Loan Warehouse. Specialists in financing both new and used vehicles, we work with lenders and dealers direct to find you the best deal. Already got a car in mind? Check out our quick and easy car finance calculator to see how much you could save.

About The Author

Jon Le Roux is co-founder and company director of The Car Loan Warehouse. Being a mad engineering and motorsport enthusiast, I spend more hours than is healthy, watching, reading or talking about cars, boats, motorbikes…..basically anything with an engine.