What is it?
2014 Ferrari LaFerrari
What's special about it?
How do you come up with a successor to the car that was named after the founder of the company? You build a car that's named after the company, hence the LaFerrari, the most ridiculously named and most ridiculously powerful Ferrari of all time.
Designed to transfer technology from Ferrari's near mythical racing exploits into a road-going supercar, the LaFerrari borrows both construction and drivetrain technology from the company's F1 racecar. Only 499 will be built, and (you guessed it) they're all sold. In fact, Ferrari boss Luca di Montezemolo said the company had more than 700 customers say they wanted one, so he'll have to whittle down the list a little.
Those who make the cut will get a car that incorporates every last piece of Ferrari's racing expertise. No fewer than four kinds of carbon fiber are used throughout the chassis of the LaFerrari, and all the parts are baked in the same oven where the F1 cars are made. It's 185.1 inches long and 78.4 inches wide and stretches out over a 104.3-inch wheelbase. To optimize stiffness, the driver seat and the battery tray are integrated pieces of the chassis. Owners will have the seat custom-fitted before it's permanently fixed, again just like Ferrari's F1 drivers.
The engine is a V12, naturally, but it's supplemented by an electric motor. Makes sense given that the 6.2-liter V12 only generated 789 horsepower on its own. Throw in the extra grunt from a 120 kW electric motor and the LaFerrari delivers a more satisfying 950 hp. Torque tops out at roughly 664 pound-feet. And whether you like it or not, the only transmission is a seven-speed dual-clutch setup.
Ferrari wasn't specific about the LaFerarri's performance parameters, but it did throw around estimates like a 0-60-mph time of less than 3.0 seconds and a top speed of over 217 mph.
Edmunds.com says: Silly name for a serious car. Not likely to matter much, however, as the LaFerrari is more likely to become a museum piece than even a seldom-used sports car.
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