The Story Behind the LaFerrari and its F150-Badged Steering Wheel
If you have paid attention to all the new videos and reviews of the new LaFerrari you may have noticed something awkward on the car’s steering wheel. There is a tiny badge that reads "F150." You can see it here in our screengrab from Sport Auto’s LaFerrari video.
The badge itself is to signify the car’s internal code designation, and to pay homage to the cars of Ferrari’s past.
Let us start with the past. The very first true Ferrari supercar of the modern era was the Ferrari F40. It was name the F40 as the car was built to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the company. Then when its successor arrived, it received the name F50. Not because it was Ferrari’s 50th birthday, but rather, 50 is bigger than 40. That trend continued again with the Ferrari Enzo, which had a designation of F60. Now when the LaFerrari was first in production, most people simply referred to it as the F70, so where the hell did the F150 come from?
That is a slightly different nod to history. You see, a long time ago, Italy was not a unified country. It wasn’t until 1861, and after much bloodshed, that the Kingdom of Italy became a united constituency. In 2011, Ferrari named its F1 car the F150 to celebrate 150 years of Italian unity. After some legal troubles with Ford over the name, the car became known as the Ferrari 150° Italia. Since the LaFerrari was under development at a similar time, it seems very obvious why Ferrari chose the "F150" code for the car.
You learn something new every day, eh?
Click past the jump to read a little more about the Ferrari LaFerrari
The Ferrari LaFerrari is the newest, and fastest car Ferrari has ever produced. It builds on the decades of performance research gained from both Formula One racing, and the F-designated, ultra-performance road cars to create what is simply the best Ferrari ever.
It features a revised version of the amazing 6.3-liter V-12 found in the Ferrari FF and F12berlinetta, and combines that with a F1-style HY-KERS hybrid electric motor system to produce nearly 1,000 horsepower (963 horses if you need exact number).
It will hit 60 mph in less than three seconds, and it will reach a top speed well over 200 mph. Best of all, unlike its rival the Porsche 918, there is no cord to plug in for maximum power.
It is the fastest and most exciting thing to ever come out of Maranello as far as I am concerned. I think it will be quite a few years before Ferrari manages to create another road-going car that tops this one.