Spanish motorcycle racing champion Jorge Lorenzo recently paid a visit to the Ferrari factory in Maranello to check out the marque’s lineup of cars and production processes, and to discuss racing on both two wheels and four.

The 27-year-old, two-time world champion has 54 championship race wins to his name, including 33 in MotoGP, 17 in the 250 class and 4 in the 125 class. Last December, Lorenzo got behind the wheel of the Kessel Racing Ferrari 458 Italia GT3 as one of four pilots for the Gulf 12 Hours race. “I think it’s the best track I’ve ever been in Abu Dhabi,” he said with regards to Yas Marina in an interview with Ferrari.com. “It’s so modern, and it’s on another level compared to normal tracks. It has been hard because 12 hours is a lot, especially very hot on the inside of the car. But we finished the race, we won our category, especially we had fun. That is the most important.”

This is the second time Lorenzo has spent time at Ferrari, with his first visit consisting of some time in the F1 simulator and on the Fiorano Circuit test track.

Regarding his favorite Ferrari, Lorenzo doesn’t settle for second best: “Ferraris are always magnificent, with models like the F12berlinetta, which manage to combine in an amazing way, elegance and performance, but in my opinion, it’s the LaFerrari that is really something unique."

Click past the jump to read more about the Ferrari LaFerrari.

Why it matters

Jorge Lorenzo Visits Ferrari; Talks About The LaFerrari
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Some of the best racers have successfully transitioned between different series, with those hard-earned skills translating into quality performances no matter the type of machine in play. Examples include Robert Kubica, who is currently competing in WRC with the RK M-Sport Ford team after several years in Formula 1. Or there’s Sebastian Loeb, the nine-time WRC champion who made the jump to road racing in the World Touring Car Championship. Juan Pablo Montoya is another notable name, with experience in Formula 1, CART, IRL, and NASCAR.

However, one of the most famous drivers to cross between motorsports is Mario Andretti, who boasts wins in Formula 1, IndyCar, World Sportscar Championship, NASCAR, midget cars, and sprint cars. 

It’s possible Lorenzo could be contemplating retiring the leathers in exchange for a steering wheel and racing harness. Given the Spaniard’s incredible talent on a motorcycle, odds are the transition won’t be all that difficult.

Ferrari LaFerrari

2014 Ferrari LaFerrari Exterior AutoShow
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This Italian halo car is the successor to the wild Ferrari Enzo, and as such, it comes with the very latest and greatest rolling out of Maranello. Originally making its world debut at the 2013 Geneva Motor Show, the LaFerrari incorporates a hybrid powertrain capable of competing with the McLaren P1 and Porsche 918. This consists of a 6.3-liter V-12 engine paired with two electric motors. An energy reclamation system called HY-KERS, a system originally developed under Ferrari’s Formula 1 program, keeps the battery cells at full charge, drawing kinetic energy under braking and when the V-12 engine produces more torque than needed.

Combined output is 963 horsepower and 663 pound-feet of torque, which is routed through an F1-style, dual-clutch, seven-speed transmission. When put to the rear wheels, this kind of power makes for a 0-to-60 time under three seconds and a top speed over 217 mph.

The suspension and brakes feature magnetorheological damping, an electronic differential, and F1-style traction control. The Brembo brake system incorporates lightweight calipers and carbon-ceramic discs, while Pirelli P Zero rubber handles grip.

The only thing more amazing than this package is the price, with $1.69 million required for each of the 499 units built.

Press Release

Jorge Lorenzo paid Ferrari a visit in Maranello yesterday. The two-time MotoGP World Champion, winner of 54 championship races (33 in MotoGP, 17 in the 250 class and 4 in the 125s), was keen to see the range of cars. He spent a long time on the production line where the Maranello marque’s hybrid LaFerrari is built, a car that perfectly encapsulates the marque’s design, technology and innovation.

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The Spaniard gave a short interview to www.Ferrari.com in which he talked about his experiences when he raced in the Gulf 12 Hours last December, at the wheel of Kessel Racing’s Ferrari 458 Italia GT3, taking the class win. He also discussed the forthcoming Formula 1 and MotoGP seasons.

When Lorenzo was asked what his favourite car was out of the current range, Jorge had a clear idea: “Ferraris are always magnificent, with models like the F12berlinetta, which manage to combine in an amazing way, elegance and performance, but in my opinion, it’s the LaFerrari that is really something unique”.

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