Odd LaFerrari Prototype May be Ferrari's Le Mans Racer

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Back in July, we heard the first rumors of a possible return to Le Mans competition for Ferrari . We heard the first semi-official confirmation of this return in December when Ferrari president, Luca di Montezemolo , decided to comment on those rumors.

The firestorm is now growing, as a very strange Ferrari prototype was caught testing on the Mugello race track, which may be the ultimate confirmation that the Italian company could indeed return to Le Mans .

A while ago, we came across a video that revealed a LaFerrari testing something other than its usual hybrid powertrain. Now, new rumors suggest that the engine tested was not a turbocharged V-6 engine, but likely a supercharged V-8 engine or a hybrid powertrain that are more suitable for endurance racing.

Along with the new engine, the Le Mans LaFerrari will also be equipped with lots of aerodynamic modifications and a huge rear wing to produce the downforce needed for racing, according to the above image.

Click past the jump for a full list of Ferrari victories at Le Mans and to read more about the regular LaFerrari.

Ferrari victories at LeMans:

  • 1949. Luigi Chinetti - Lord Selsdon / Ferrari 166 MM
  • 1954. Froilan Gonzalez - Maurice Trintignant / Ferrari 375 Plus
  • 1958. Olivier Gendebien - Phil Hill / Ferrari 250 TR
  • 1960. Olivier Gendebien - Paul Frere / Ferrari 250 TR
  • 1961. Olivier Gendebien - Phil Hill / Ferrari 250 TR
  • 1962. Olivier Gendebien - Phil Hill / Ferrari 330 TR
  • 1963. Ludovico Scarfiotti - Lorenzo Bandini / Ferrari 250P
  • 1964. Jean Guichet - Nino Vaccarella / Ferrari 275
  • 1965. Jochen Rindt - Masten Gregory / Ferrari 250 LM

Ferrari LaFerrari

Ferrari LaFerrari

Ferrari unveiled the LaFerrari at the 2013 Geneva Motor Show and all now, all 499 units are sold.

The LaFerrari is powered by a HY-KERS system that combines a V-12 engine with two electric motors — one motor powers the driven wheels and the second drives the ancillaries. This system delivers a total of 963 horsepower and 663 pound-feet of torque.

It goes from 0 to 60 mph in less than 3 seconds and up to a top speed of more than 217 mph.


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