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The LaFerrari is quite possibly one of the most highly anticipated releases from Ferrari to date. With promises to lower carbon emissions while increasing performance to record-breaking levels, the engineers at the Prancing Horse faced a daunting task. However, since being unveiled at the Geneva Car show on March 5, it has become clear that the LaFerrari sets a new standard in regards to hyper-car performance and design. Read on and tell us what you think.

LaFerrari-Main

All New Design

The 2014 LaFerrari is sleek and stylish, exactly what you would expect from the Italian supercar company. Since the release of the Enzo in 2003, Ferrari fans have awaited its predecessor. The LaFerrari is the first car in the company’s history to be completely designed in-house, and it paid off.  The LaFerrari puts a new design twist on the classic model, and the designers paid close attention to every detail, a characteristic Ferrari has become known for.

Ferrari-LaFerrari-Front

Exterior

The LaFerrari’s exterior is designed to be as aerodynamic as possible without losing that classic Ferrari feel. The curves are a bit sharper and the lines are more prominent than previous Ferraris. The body is made of four different types of carbon fiber and uses technology in which the exterior skin of the car actually provides the main structural support, similar to an airplane. Every aspect of the exterior has a new creative spin, though some more subtle than others.

Ferrari-LaFerrari-Side

From the side, the attention to detail really starts to become apparent. Extensive wind tunnel studies were performed while designing the LaFerrari to ensure that the body was as aerodynamic as it could possibly be without losing any of that classic Ferrari “feel.”

Ferrari-LaFerrari-Rear

Interior

The LaFerrari’s interior follows the flow of the rest of the car and sports a Formula 1-inspired designed. Although the car was designed for performance, the interior design did not suffer. The large, square steering wheel and redesigned dash configuration work beautifully with the overall theme of this car.

Ferrari-LaFerrar-Interior

Performance and Specs

Sure, the LaFerrari looks great, but isn’t it a hybrid? The answer to that is, well, yes and no. It is actually classified as a “mild hybrid” -meaning that it does not actually have a full electric mode, but rather an electric component that assists the internal combustion engine- which in this case is a kinetic energy recovery system known as HY-KERS. The LaFerrari boasts a 6.3 Liter V12, with 789 hp supplemented by the 163 hp HY-KERS unit. The HY-KERS unit acts similarly to a turbo charger, providing the LaFerrari with short bursts of extra horse-power. With the highest output of any Ferrari to date, it also boasts great performance numbers. The LaFerrari has a top speed over 220  mph, 0-60 mph in under 3 seconds, and 0-200 mph in 15 seconds. These marks were all obtained while lowering carbon emissions by more than 50%.

Final Impression

The LaFerrari has set a new standard in hyper-cars. With the release of the Lamborghini Veneno and amidst rumors of a LaFerrari-based Maserati, The Prancing horse delivered and did not disappoint. With Ferrari only producing 499 of its flagship hybrid, the $1.6 million MSRP price tag only comes into consideration if you got an invite to purchase straight from the company, or happen to know someone who did. Regardless, Ferrari has succeeded once again in completely redesigning their image without straying too far from their roots. The LaFerrari will go down in history as the gold standard in hyper-car production.

 

 


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