Motor Trend has had a chance to give the LaFerrari a test drive and provide an opinion about what it’s like to drive, but it hasn’t been instrument tested until now. The results are important because the car is in the running for the title of quickest production car in the world. And this video is therefore all about numbers. The reviewer talks a bit about the looks of the car and the impression of driving, but it’s really a question of which car is fastest. There might still be some debate after this video, but the LaFerrari’s unbelievably consistent quarter mile times are an important thing to make note of.

It’s sometimes difficult to know where to start when talking about cars like the LaFerrari. Big technological leaps forward are discussed for years, as people keep finding new ways to be amazed by cars like the Ferrari F40, the McLaren F1 and the Bugatti Veyron. But there is currently a whole crop of hypercars on the market from big-name competitors. So the LaFerrari is sharing the spotlight with the Porsche 918 Spider and the McLaren P1, and while all three will be remembered, whichever one proves to be consistently fastest will be remembered the best.

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The LaFerrari is tentatively named the quickest of the big three hypercars here, but there is an asterisk next to that result. While there aren’t exactly an official set of rules governing every aspect of a Motor Trend test, NHRA rules are referenced in the video due to there being a couple of iffy circumstances surrounding the quarter-mile times. Only one section of the track was allowed to be used for the runs, and this had a 1.4 percent declination from start to finish, while NHRA rules only allow for a 1 percent maximum.

This might not have been such an issue if they had been able to run back in the other direction and get an average, but track rules wouldn’t allow for that. It wouldn’t necessarily have changed the outcome, but the asterisk remains. And it’s unlikely that it will ever be officially removed, as Ferrari tends to prefer not to have cars (especially the range-topping hypercars) tested at all to having them tested in anything less than perfect conditions and under supervision. As die-hard fans may recall, Top Gear had to borrow an Enzo from Nick Mason just to be able to drive it.

The fact that an amateur was able able to get the same quarter-mile time three passes in a row, down to the a hundredth of a second, is probably more important than the actual result itself. All of the horsepower in the world isn’t going to mean much to customers if they need to be F1 drivers in order to properly use the car, and those consistent times show that every bit of the power in the LaFerrari is not only usable, but is downright easy to use. And if the 918 and the P1 only prove to be faster sometimes, then the LaFerrari will be the clear winner in the real world.
Read our full review here.

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