2013 is shaping up to be the year of the Hypercar. Joining the entries from Lamborghini, McLaren, Ferrari also wowed crowds in Geneva this week with the release of the LaFerrari. Ferrari chose the slightly curious name for the project because the new car is the “maximum expression” of what defines the company.
Built to be the follow-up to the legendary Enzo, the LaFerrari’s wind tunnel-sculpted body and chassis are built using four different types of carbon fiber and weight distribution comes in at 41-59.
It’s powered by 6.3 liter V12 that makes 789 horsepower, but that’s not everything. There’s also an additional 160 horsepower electric motor developed from the use of KERS on Ferrari’s F1 team.
The KERS system is obviously not the only F1 influence on the LaFerrari. Scuderia drivers Fernando Alsonso and Felipe Massa also played a significant role in the car’s development. The driving position for example, was set with a lot of input from the F1 pilots.
The styling of the car in particular seems to the be the perfect combination of modern, functional hypercar design , but with a solid nod to Ferrari’s rich race history. Perfection.
Here’s a little glimpse of the beast in action. Ferrari plans to build just 499 LaFerraris, and I’d be willing to bet that getting one won’t be easy – even for those that have the financial means.
i like how the sports car manufactures have been going for a wider, longing lower look than ever before, and i especially like this new ferrari. the only thing that isnt working for me is those elongated mirrors. i know this is done because often these sports cars are wider in the back, but i feel as though on this ferrari there is no need for them to be that long. maybe im wrong and my feelings will change if i get to see one in person, does anyone else agree?
Its nothing special?!
It seems we have a few fellow Speedhunters that have driven this machine already! ;D
The car has beautiful lines, and i'm impressed with the specs so far....
Should be a beast!
What I miss from the new generations of car enthusiasts can be summarized with a simple but effective word: respect. Respect for these people, that at the pinnacle of the most striking financial crysis in Europe, decided that passion should never ever be abandoned. I'm not a Ferrari fan, I always was a Lambo guy: but this thing is just completely mind-blowing. Forget the fuss about Ferrari tuning press cars (and I still think they don't even need it) , forget all the massive commercial branding on jackets, pens and umbrellas: this is Ferrari as it was when Enzo was alive. They are born to be the best in the industry, and with this car, they redefined everything: design, packaging, performance, engineering. And I bet with all of you that this car will be the best hypercar the world has ever seen.
I agree with Francesco, I think that if you are a true, "Speedhunting", car guy, and even if the car does not suit you, with its looks, you still respect this car, and Ferrari for giving yet, another generation of kids, a car do dream about....
it's great but I still thing I keep with the mclaren F1 LM, than with any of these hypercars veneno, laferrari, p1. I prefer the zonda F than this, and still have to see the huayra F or huayra R just imagine that
i think this car is amazing. i dont see how some of you think the p1 looks better. That thing looks horrible and it looks too similar to the mp4 12 c.Your not gonna mistake this for a 458 or even the enzo. The got it correct with combination of form and function. Now with vette and vipers case, I think they went the right way with adding european refinement to their design studies. I think the viper is perfect and the vette is great but the jury is still out on those rear tail lights. Over all i think the LaFerrari is the best looking (HYPER CAR) or any exotic since ironically the Mclaren F1.
The looks are a matter of taste. I'm not sure about the electric engine.. I think that it would be pretty fast event without the extra 160 Hp and a little lighter. And is it just me or does the rear look a bit loke the Pagani Huayra?!
I would have really loved to see a convertible/targa Ferrari, like the F50! I think THAT would have beed THE FERRARI!
only looks good from one angle, bang side on, other than that its ugly, the Mclaren P1 is a much better looking car. Once again Ferrari have failed in the design of its cars.
In Italy, when we want to say that something is the best of the best from a certain brand we say "Non è UNA Ferrari, è LA Ferrari" which translates into "It's not A Ferrari, it's THE Ferrari". This explaines the name, and you don't have to say Ferrari LaFerrari, it's just LaFerrari. Regarding the looks, it's a matter of taste I think, but comparing this to a "Corvette bodykit" makes me think someone should be banned from this site. This has been in developement at Ferrari since the Enzo came out, so basically if someone copied, that was the Vette in the first place.
Ring lap or it dont count lol. Does look good but at the same time it looks like a P4/5 with a ugly nose and butt.
I've waited too long for this. It's frickin gorgeous and the specs put it far far ahead of pretty much everything else out there. Glad Ferrari is throwing down the gauntlet and making a claim for the title of world's best again.
It has an amazing profile but the front and rear end is so ugly =(
Can't wait to see the P1 and this on the same track
It's about time they used the Kers system!!!! It looks menacing not to mention the amount of tech that was advertised!!!!! Perpetualroad.wordpress.com
beautiful, absolutely beautiful car. kinda reminds me of Pagani Huayra.. and i couldn`t care less about the name. at least this will stick, it`s not some random blank number that doesn`t say anything
I personally think its way better than the Veneno. Really like it actually, and I tend to really hate super cars.
Let's not be stupid ladies and gents. It's called La Ferrari, because Ferrari consider it to be 'THE' Ferrari. If it's as good as they think that it is then it's probably one of their most accurate names for a while.
*sigh* It's... Look I'm not the biggest Ferrari fan but the car is amazing and I can't wait to hopefully see it somewhere. But the name is sooooo stupid. Why on earth didn't they just call it F60 or F150 or F2000 for all I care but not LaFerrari. Oh and from certain angles the front kinda looks like a LaVette's front (which, in turn, it totally stole from the LaViper imo) and the mirrors look like an afterthought. It looks like they had the arms done but the mirrors themselves got lost in the post and they just stole some random cars mirrors and bolted those on.
But overall I like it.
@FrancescoDiGiuseppe When Enzo was alive it was all about racing. This is just the way to take dollar from the rich and which should be put it into a wind tunnel and forge out something marvelous to win races, not only F1 but all fronts. On the other hand they should have done what they have been talking about, a car that weights under 1000 kg and has 500 hp, that would have been a game changer.
@FrancescoDiGiuseppe I highly doubt it. It reminds me of too many other various cars of present and lacks the feeling of it been Special. F40 and F50 were special, unique. You won't find anything like them. And this one with all of it's engineering genius still lacks the soul that makes car like this - legendary and "hyper". It's not mind-blowing to me.
@TheShinigami You answered your own question....
You've completely missed the point of this car, this is a car is a technology showcase. Think about the predecessor, the Enzo, it was showcasing the technology they had available at the time. This is just another extension to their engineering prowess. Porsche has done it, Lexus, and Nissan.
When the time comes, all this will eventually trickle down into their other automobiles, Ferrari and Fiat alike.
@Jason Hardy So your personal taste is to be called LaReference ?
@Merlz My understanding is that it's integrated to kick in when it's needed on its own, such as giving instantaneous torque at low rpm's.
@Jordan_Burgess Because Ferrari is the most humble car manufacturer
@guReMcO and now like they want us to say " oh la la its Laferrari" ( sounds like a porn magazine from back to the future )
@guReMcO To be fair, Lavette and Laviper both stole their style designs from Ferrari in the first place.
@Andres240 Obviously not, but that's not my point. They could have called it something much more striking and memorable to match the looks, but instead they go for 'LaFerarri'.
@Hanma Both have the typical sportscar shape; long bonnet, cabin pushed to the back. I don't know who came up with that.
@Dekro Part of me hopes that'll turn into an internet meme and piss Ferrari off. :P
@Hanma I kinda want to defend the Vette but since I think the new one is the most unoriginal yet I can't. I don't really care much for recent Ferrari's (everything after the 360 is boring as hell imo) so I haven't looked at em in great detail. The Enzo did indeed have the nose in a similar style so I'll give you that one. Guess I need to pay more attention to Ferrari in the future.
@guReMcO I appreciate all marques and I actually quite like the Viper, I just don't like all the credit it's getting for its looks. And to throw out a specific example of SRT mentioning Ferrari, just look up any video where they talk about their interior because they pride themselves in having the leather or whatever from the same place as them. The fact that they keep mentioning "European styling" shows that the Viper isn't a natural progression but rather a car that has gotten all it's inspiration from overseas. All SRT talks about is how refined and "European" their car is now. And what European car has a profile and details that are almost identical to the Viper? hmmm.......
As far as the Vette, I'll just leave this here for you.
It's pretty clear where both companies drew very heavily from for design cues, and you have to be blind not to see it. Claim ignorance all you want though. Just don't be so ignorant that you think this new Ferrari stole it's looks like the Vette, because it is in fact the other way around.
@Hanma You really like Ferrari don't you. :P I still don't see how the Viper or Vette stole anything and just because they are sports coupe's. And show me where SRT or Chrysler SPECIFICALLY said Ferrari, not "European styling" (sounds familiar but can't find a reference right now) but Ferrari. If you can't then that's an assumption on your part and not a fact.
@guReMcO Wow, almost blatant ignorance lol. Even SRT has said that they wanted the Viper to have a more refined European styling to it, which was pretty much their way of saying they liked the Ferrari enough to copy it. Half of their interviews are of them bragging about how Ferrari like their car is.
And that bit that sticks out is derivative of Ferrari's F1 cars and the Enzo. Every piece of this car is a natural progression from the previous models, whereas SRT and Chevy made quite a bit of an unnatural jump from their original designs to appear more modern.
@Hanma I don't feel like going into an endless discussion about design and stealing so I'll keep it short. The headlights of the FF and 458 are much taller and more "extreme" in design then the Vette and Viper headlights. The Viper especially as it's own destinct design that is clearly an evolution of the previous models and actually looks a lot like the first Viper. I will say this: I feel that the Viper's taillights look way too much like a Maserati Gran Turismo's taillights. But that's as far as I'll go.
Oh and that bit that sticks out on the front of the LaFerrari wasn't on the FF, 458, California, F430 or 599. So I can say they got that from the Vette or even from Mercedes (SLR kinda has that).
@guReMcO .... Ferrari came up with that. But I'm talking less about the general shape and more about the little design elements such as the headlights which were blatantly stolen from the Ferrari FF as well as the design of the rest of the front end, or even the profile of the roof line which is almost identical. Other car manufacturers have been taking design cues from companies like Ferrari for a long time, but these recent cars(Vette and Viper) are more like blatant copies than inspired creations.
LaFerrari looks like this because Ferrari is trying to keep a similar styling theme throughout their lineup, but people like you are going to say that it was stolen from the Vette and Viper when the originator of this particular modern design was in fact Ferrari with the 599, FF, and 458. At least give credit where credit is due.