Ferrari LaFerrari is a limited edition supercar with a stupid name

Ferrari has whipped the covers off the successor to the Enzo, the limited run Ferrari LaFerrari. The ultimate (for now) Ferrari is not only limited to a production run of 499 units, but is the first road-going Ferrari to feature hybrid power.


Unlike systems that power fuel sipping cars like the Toyota Prius and Holden Volt, the Ferrari system is prevented (for now) from powering the car on electric power alone. It’s said to be a development of the KERS (kinetic energy recovery system) used in its Formula One cars.

The HY-KERS system, as it’s known, features a 6.3-litre V12 behind the driver and passenger that produces 588kW (789hp) of power and 700Nm of torque. This is complemented by a 120kW (161hp) electric motor, which when working in concert with the petrol motor boosts total torque output to over 900Nm. A separate electric motor lurks somewhere within the LaFerrari’s shell powering the car’s ancillary systems. Power for the electric motors is generated from the petrol motor’s excess torque and regenerative braking.

Power is sent to the rear wheels via a 7-speed F1 dual-clutch transmission. According to Ferrari, the LaFerrari can hit a top speed of 350km/h. On the way there it will race from 0 to 100km/h in under 3 seconds, hit 200km/h in under 7 seconds and see 300km/h in 15 seconds. At the front the 265/30 Pirelli P-Zero tyres are wrapped around 19-inch alloy wheels, while the 345/30 rear tyres encase 20-inch alloy wheels.

The Ferrari LaFerrari’s aerodynamically shaped body is constructed from four different types of hand laminated carbon fibre — no word yet on how much the car actually weighs, though. Depending on the situation, the car’s active diffusers, spoilers and vanes help to increase fuel efficiency or downforce.

Opinion: What’s up with Ferrari’s naming department? First they insisted that we spell the F12 Berlinetta as F12berlinetta and now their Enzo successor is dubbed LaFerrari. In Italian this translates to The Ferrari, meaning that we have the Ferrari The Ferrari.

Uh, okay. But what happens when in 10, 15, 20 years when it comes time to create a successor to the LaFerrari, what will that be called?

Dimensions

Length: 4,702mm
Width: 1,992mm
Height: 1,116mm
Wheelbase: 2,650mm

Derek Fung

Derek Fung

Derek has a lifelong love for all things automotive, from the dullest Camry to record shattering Bugattis. Prior to starting up Between the Axles he was a reviewer for CNET Australia and the founding editor of its Car Technology channel. [Read more]