Ferrari LaFerrari

Ferrari LaFerrari

  The Ferrari LaFerrari, which was also referred to ass the F70 and F150 during its testing phase, was unveiled at Geneva in 2013 and it features a V-12 engine with 800 horsepower and an electric motor that adds 163 horsepower to the mix. Though all of the details are not yet released, we do know that it'll sprint to 100 km/h in under 3 seconds, 200 km/h in under 7 seconds and 300 km/h in under 15 seconds.

Kimi Raikkonen is one of the best drivers in the world, so to see him lose control of a road-going car is a little odd. Then again, when that road-going car so happens to be the mighty Ferrari LaFerrari , we can understand how he lost control. With 963 horsepower on tap and a car that he likely has little seat time in, he’s lucky that the spinout was as small as it was.

With the near tragedy aside, the above video, which is courtesy of one of my favorite YouTube folks Marchettino, is chock-full with tons of accelerations, decelerations, fire breathing and flybys from the top-line prancing horse . And man that thing sounds sicker than ever.

Kick back and crank up the volume, because this one is freaking awesome. And pay close attention to the glow coming from the rotors, as this is a clear indicator of just how hard Kimi pushed the supercar — as if the near wreck wasn’t enough of an indication.

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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.

A car like the Ferrari LaFerrari is priced in the millions for a reason: it’s got all the latest technology you can find in the industry, it’s limited in quantity with only 499 units built, and It’s got a powerful engine.

Best of all, it’s built by Ferrari , arguably the most prestigious brand in the auto world today.

But for those with pockets deep enough to afford a LaFerrari, there’s always that possibility that buyer’s remorse kicks in, and apparently, it did to one of the supercar’s first owners.

The ad, which was posted on Semco GmbH, is looking for a buyer who can take the LaFerrari off of the hands of its current owner for a price of €2.38 million ($3.2 million). The amount isn’t a misprint. That’s almost three times the original price of the LaFerrari, which is absurd enough itself.

So if you’re in the market for the most powerful and expensive road car Ferrari has ever built, here’s your chance to get one. You’re going to pay a heck of a premium for it, but considering that the model is already sold out, the used car market is your best bet to get one.

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Source: Semco GmbH
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Merry Christmas TopSpeed readers. As you all know, the busiest person this time of the year is none other than Santa Claus himself.

The man is probably on his way back to the North Pole after his global voyage of spreading cheer and good tidings to children all over the world, so it’s probably not the best idea to go disturbing him and ask a copy of Gran Turismo 6 . We all know that Santa usually enlists the services of his trusted reindeer when he needs a lift, but after the long journey, they likely need a break.

Fortunately, we have a few suggestions on what cars Santa can use to get around while his reindeer take a well-deserved break.

After the jump are five cars that Santa would likely find useful to drive all around the North Pole, or maybe even to deliver next year’s gifts.

So without further ado, these are the five cars we’d suggest Santa get behind the wheel of so he can give his reindeer a nice tropical break in the Caribbean.

Click past the jump to check out the list!

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It is that time of the year, when we at Topspeed like to look back and relive the best moments the automotive world had to offer in the year bygone. The 2013 calendar year brought a whole new range of interesting and exciting sports cars , luxury cars and even some odd hypercars, as the big names of the industry finally pulled the wraps off some very special automobiles.

Ferrari launched the 458 Speciale — the replacement for the F430 Scuderia; The La Ferrari succeeded the Enzo; McLaren and Porsche too launched the very complicated P1 and 918 Spyder , respectively; and Lamborghini showed the Huracan LP610-4 , which will replace the Gallardo. Additionally, the Aston Martin Vanquish proved to be one heck off a crowd-puller and Bugatti continued with more special editions of the Veyron.

Lot has happened in the last 12 months that we would love to talk about. Out of all those cars that were launched during the calendar year, we’ve picked ten cars that made headlines. Following is are finalists that made it into the top 10.

2013 TopSpeed Car of the Year Finalists
Chevrolet Corvette Stingray
Alfa Romeo 4C
Jaguar F-Type Coupe
Mclaren P1
Ferrari La Ferrari
Porsche 918 Spyder
BMW i8
Cadillac CTS
Maserati Ghibli
Rolls Royce Wraith

So, the 2013 TopSpeed Car of the Year goes to... Read on to find out.

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Ferrari LaFerrari

How’s this for incentive?

It’s no secret that Ferrari is starving to win a Formula One championship after watching Red Bull dominate the series for four years now. Though they won’t admit it, signs of desperation are coming out of Maranello and you don’t need to look further than the team’s decision to bring back Kimi Raikkonen as the new teammate of Fernando Alonso .

Raikkonen and Alonso are without question two of the best drivers in the grid today and according to TheSupercarKids, Ferrari is giving the pair quite an incentive if they win the world championship next year.

If Alonso or Raikkonen take down Sebastian Vettel’s dynastic run at the top of Formula One, both of them will be given a Ferrari LaFerrari . Yeah, the same supercar whose production run is already sold out.

Then again, it seems that Ferrari is more than willing to let its engineers build a couple more for the occasion. Lord knows it’s an important year for the team in Formula One. It hasn’t won a title since Raikkonen in 2007, and if they come up short again next season, it would be seven straight seasons without any hardware to show for all the hard work.

That would also be the longest drought Ferrari has had since that 19-year drought from 1980 through 1999.

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Ferrari LaFerrari

When you want to define the new LaFerrari you have to use "most" a few times: most powerful Ferrari ever and the most expensive one at $1.4 million.

Despite its high price, more than 1,000 people expressed interest in the supercar within days of its official debut. Now it looks like Ferrari has finally selected the lucky 499 clients for its new supercar , meaning the LaFerrari is officially sold out.

During the unveiling of the LaFerrari, Marco Mattiacci, the president and CEO of Ferrari North America, said that all the 120 units destined for the American market were spoken for, and now the entire world’s allotment is spoken for.

According to Mattiacci the new LaFerrari is the first step in a new strategy for Ferrari to make its brand and its cars more exclusive. This means that Ferrari will build fewer cars, but they will be even more expensive.

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Source: NBC News
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We all know that the LaFerrari is one of the sexiest hybrid supercars available now, but it looks like the Italiam automaker has something else up its sleeve.

A very strange LaFerrari mule was caught testing at the Fiorano racetrack. We say strange because it did not have the exhaust note of a a normal LaFerrari. It sounded a lot more like the note from the turbocharged V-6 engine that we will see in Formula 1 next year.

We are not too sure why Ferrari would test an F1 engine in the LaFerrari, but we’re sure some light will be shined on the topic soon enough. Our best guess is that the mule has an easy way of swapping the drivetrain out, which would have made initial drivetrain testing easier, so Ferrari is using the old LaFerrari mule as a tester for its new F1 engine, given it can easily install and remove the drivetrain. Then again, we are just speculating on that.

German tuner DMC has been responsible for creating some of the most mental aftermarket programs we’ve seen in the past few years.

But the render it did for the Ferrari LaFerrari just took the insanity to a whole new level. There are some programs that certainly fits this definition, but none of them were done on the LaFerrari, the Prancing Horse’s crown jewel supercar that the company has described as its fastest and most powerful supercar it has ever built.

In accomplishing this rendering, DMC said that it combined elements from the Ferrari GTO , the XX, and the FXX into one package without compromising the LaFerrari’s own DNA.

The result is the LaFerrari FXXR, a heavily-modified take on the LaFerrari that’s just too mean for words.

DMC made no mention of mechanical mods, with exception of a race-inspired exhaust, so we assume this LaFerrari retains the hybrid system that combines a 6.3-liter, V-12 engine with two electric motors. The exhaust system may drive the LaFerrari up a little rfom the stock 963 horsepower and more than 663 pound-feet of torque.

There’s no word on whether DMC is going to go ahead and build this program, but for just sheer lunacy, we’re hoping and praying that the tuning company goes ahead with this.

The world needs it, fellas.

Click past the jump to read more about DMC’s FXXR rendering for the Ferrari LaFerrari

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On of our favorite YouTube users, Marchettino, managed to shoot another incredible video. If we are not mistaken, this video shows the first non-red LaFerrari out there and more importantly, it shows it in action at Ferrari ’s famous Mugello circuit.

Marchettino caught the car driving around the circuit during the Finali Ferrari Challenge event, and the company’s test driver Dario Benuzzi, was at the helm.

This video offers up plenty of close-up images and tons of exhaust notes, ranging from its mean idle up to a full-throat sprint. We are pretty sure you will want to watch it again and again, while dreaming of dropping a massive sum of cash to pick up the LaFerrari.

A quick reminder, the LaFerrari features a hybrid powertrain that combines a 6,262 cc (6.3-liter) 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 — 800 delivered by the V-12 engine and 163 by the electric motors — and a peak torque in excess of 663 pound-feet. With this amount of power, the LaFerrari will sprint from 0 to 60 mph in just 3 seconds and up to a top speed of more than 217 mph.


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