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."
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Having joined the Scuderia Ferrari on a three-year contract beginning with the 2015 Formula One season, Sebastian Vettel has also won the right to drive Maranello’s latest supercars, including the bonkers, track-exclusive FXX K. With the new F1 season just around the corner, the German took a brief break from testing the new SF15-T single-seater to answer a few questions he received from his fans through the #askSeb campaign. Interestingly enough, he answered to the fans’ most interesting questions while hooning the Ferrari FXX K. Definitely a stunt only a gifted driver such as Vettel would be able to pull of without inflicting damage to an extremely rare supercar.
And by "rare" I mean that Ferrari plans to build only 30 units of the Ferrari FXX K and sell them for around $3.1 million each. As a brief reminder, the FXX K is a track-exclusive supercar based on the hybrid Ferrari LaFerrari. Its updated drivetrain produces 1,021 horsepower, and it will hit 60 mph in 2.8 seconds. Top speed is quoted at more than 217 mph, making it the fastest Ferrari ever built.
Much like the FXX and 599XX before it, Ferrari gets to choose the customers that buy one. Maranello also gets to keep all of them, and owners are invited to specific track days where Ferrari will deliver the car for some track fun, then take it back to its headquarters when the day is over. How’s that for a luxury rent-a-racer program?
As anyone who’s watched an episode of the TV show or turned a few pages of the magazine will tell you, the folks over at TopGear have a penchant for absurdity. From converting a Reliant Robin into a space shuttle, to carting around half-rotten cow carcasses, to driving a homemade miniature car through a library, these loons eschew common sense like it’s a skin disease. Which is why the hybrid hypercars from Ferrari, Porsche, and McLaren suit them perfectly.
Let me explain. These three machines represent the very finest of the automotive world, with extremes of every conceivable sense practically dripping from their carbon-composite body panels. They are hugely powerful, immensely quick, technologically advanced beyond comprehension, and breathtakingly good looking.
They are also completely unattainable, and utterly unusable. At around a million dollars per example, the vast majority of these cars will not see much road use, nor will they have every tenth wrung out of them on a track. These vehicles may be masterpieces of engineering and design. They may be heralds of petrol-powered potential. But they are also, in a word, absurd.
Which is exactly why everyone likes them so much.
At a minute and a half, this video showcases these ridiculously incredible speed machines howling their engines, sliding around, and generally being awesome. Sound good? Thought so.
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Here’s a challenge for you: set your eyes on the current breed of hybrid hypercars from McLaren, Ferrari, and Porsche, and try your hardest not to desperately want every single one of them. For even the mildly motor-enthused, it’s clearly an impossible task. Thankfully, the best toymaker in the world is here to help. Lego has partnered with all three of the above carmakers to offer the Speed Champions builder kits, scheduled for release in March 2015. Is it weird for a grown man to get giddy about the idea of owning a miniature plastic P1? I certainly don’t think so.
The Speed Champions line will include much more than just the three manufacturers’ halo vehicles. There’s also a Ferrari 458 Italia GT2, Ferrari F14 with Scuderia transport truck, McLaren Mercedes MP4-29 with pit stop, and a pair of Porsche 911s with a finish line and functioning starter lights, among others.
The pieces look stupendous, complete with racers, tools, checkered flags, and racing decals. Additionally, when you’re ready for even higher levels of enjoyment, you can tear apart the cars and combine kits. We’re thinking a septuple-engined, front-mid-rear-ship, ultra-mega car with the weight of small moon for downforce and a 0-to-60 time of now. Top speed is infinite. No less than five drivers are needed to control it. We’ll call it: the McPorrari.
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I don’t know many artists who own $1.6 million hybrid hypercars. Mostly, they drive decrepit pickup trucks or bicycles. Swiss artist Cornelia Hagmann is obviously the exception to the rule, because she just took delivery of this gorgeous Rosso Corsa 2014 LaFerrari.
Ferrari Magazine recently ran a brief profile on the painter and sculptor along with the above brief video. The Austrian-born Hagmann made a name for herself in the art world painting vibrantly colored landscapes and currently lives in Switzerland. Her husband, Swiss businessman Walter Hagmann, was an avid Ferrari collector and sparked her passion for the Italian brand. Unfortunately, Mr. Hagmann passed away about a year ago after he placed the order for the LaFerrari as a gift for his wife.
To review, the Ferrari LaFerrari utilizes a 6.3-liter V-12 producing 800 horsepower mated to a 163-horsepower electric motor. Combined, the system produces 963 horsepower and 663 pound-feet of torque. The sprint to 60 mph takes less than three seconds and top speed is 217 mph. It’s five seconds faster around the Fiorano test track than Ferrari’s previous halo car, the Enzo.
Only 399 will be made, and from the video, it looks like this LaFerrari will be living in Hagmann’s garage next to her F12 Berlinetta. Not a bad two-car garage if you ask us.
As if it isn’t rare enough to see a Bugatti Veyron and 2014 LaFerrari on separate occasions, just imagine seeing both together and lined up for a massive drag race no less. That’s just what happened late last year at the Vmax200 EVOmax in London, where we saw both ultra-rare hypercars square off in the most epic of drag races. This unique event gives drivers the chance to join the 200-mph club on a two-mile stretch of open runway with some of the fastest cars on the road.
The best part is that this multimillionaire race was caught on video with the Ferrari and Bugatti going head to head at least twice. This video shows the cars taking off from a dead start before rounding a turn and hitting the wide-open runway where the cars can hit their 200-plus-mph speeds, but it’s unclear what speed they are going in this video.
While the race was far from scientific, the hybridized LaFerrari gets the best of the Veyron both times. With only 950 horsepower, the Ferrari is underpowered compared to the Bugatti’s 1,200-horsepower output, but it also weighs about 1,100 pounds less and is far more advanced.
Some of the other cars on hand at the event include a Lamborghini Countach, a handful of Nissan GT-Rs and a Ford GT.
If you thought it would be borderline impossible for Ferrari to create a machine that was more insane or exciting than the new 2015 FXX K, well you are right, but the company is wiling to try. In a recent story over on Autocar, company test driver Marc Gené says “Right now, I think we cannot improve that car, but no doubt something will come up. I wouldn’t be surprised if it happens, but it won’t be in two years.”
Ferrari has made Evoluzione versions of both the FXX and the 599XX, so it was expected to see an upgraded version of the FXX K. Gené says that we shouldn’t expect more power, as the 1,021 ponies the FXX K already has is pretty much a maximum as far as things like grip and traction are concerned. Rather he says that we should look to see a modified version of the FXX K with better efficiency, revised aero work and a lower weight. There could also be handling improvements with active aero and electronics adjustments.
Sadly that is all the information that was provided but it does at least show that Ferrari doesn’t think they have built the perfect car, or the ultimate performance machine.
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Although all three hypercars have been not only launched but sold out as well — a question mark still surrounds the McLaren P1’s status — there is no denying that they still are some of the most desirable vehicles on the planet. I am of course talking about the stupidly named but also stupidly fast 2014 Ferrari LaFerrari, the bonkers-looking and driving 2014 McLaren P1 and last, but certainly not least, the fastest road-going car on the Green Hell, the 2014 Porsche 918 Spyder.
Yes, the folks behind the iTunes version of the Top Gear Magazine are well aware of just about everyone’s infatuation with these three rare birds, which is why they decided to pit them against each other in their latest issue. Since this is the iTunes version of the magazine, a movie showing the LaFerrari battle the P1 and 918 Spyder will also be included with the comparison article, and the Top Gear team decided to whet our appetites with a very short teaser video (above).
As a refresher, each of the three hypercars uses electric motors to augment its immensely powerful internal-combustion engine, with the result being the fastest road cars in the history of each of the three car manufacturers. The Top Gear comparison should be something to watch, even if it doesn’t include Clarkson, Hammon and May.
Getting interviewed for a consumer purchase is pretty ridiculous. Just imagine buying a pack of Post-Its at CVS and then have to explain why you bought one pack instead of two. But every so often, exceptions have to be made, such as the case of Swiss industrialist Albert Obrist and his latest car purchase. Obrist is a noted Ferrari collector, so it wasn’t a surprise that Ferrari wanted to ask him about his latest purchase: a 2014 Ferrari LaFerrari.
Naturally, his status as an esteemed Ferrari connoisseur was the perfect opportunity for the Italian automaker to ask him what it feels like to not only own a LaFerrari, but the feeling of adding another model his growing collection of iconic sports cars. Coming from a man who already owns a 1962 Ferrari 250 GT 2+2, a Ferrari 250 TR59, a Ferrari 375 MM, and a Ferrari 215 S, Obrist isn’t the type to beat his chest and boast about his extensive collection of classic Ferraris.
Instead, he’s the type who admits to having a “disease” before sheepishly saying that he bought a LaFerrari to add to his growing collection. Like any new car owner, Obrist immediately took his Grigio Ferri LaFerrari out for a spin and to no one’s surprise, Obrist was blown away by the hybrid supercar’s capabilities, enough to describe the car as “unreal.”
While I appreciate his sentiment on the LaFerrari, I argue that the more appropriate use of the word “unreal” would be to describe his collection of fine, Italian sports cars.
Ferrari test driver Marc Gene’s got a pretty sweet gig. Not only has he driven for Ferrari in Formula One, but he’s also one of a handful of people who Ferrari pays to drive its cars. Think about that for a minute. Marc Gene gets to drive the nastiest Ferraris in the world and he gets checks sent in the mail for doing it! Gene’s time with Ferrari has allowed him to drive the company’s growing list of track-oriented supercars. It’s a list that includes the 599XX, the FXX, and lest we forget, Ferrari’s latest pride and joy, the 2015 FXX K.
Inside Evo recently caught up with Gene to talk shop about his experience driving these mighty Ferraris and the importance the company puts in building these envelop-pushing, track-specific supercars to satiate the needs and demands of its clientele. The conversation eventually went to the FXX K, which Gene describes as the most “advanced Ferrari ever built.” Coming from a man who’s driven his fair share of Ferraris, Gene’s comments about the FXX K is right on the money.
As a reminder, the Ferrari FXX K is the meaner and nastier cousin of the LaFerrari, or as some would formally call it, the track version of the powerful hybrid supercar. But describing it merely in that tone is selling the FXX K short. There’s more to the track-spec supercar than just being the LaFerrari’s relative. For one thing, it arguably has the most sophisticated aerodynamic setup of any car in the world today. It also comes with the same hybrid powertrain that the LaFerrari has, featuring a 6.3-liter, V-12 engine and an electric motor that combine to produce 1,050 horsepower and 663 pound-feet of torque. With these numbers, the FXX K is capable of blasting from 0 to 60 mph in just 2.7 seconds to go with a top speed of 217 mph.
The 2015 Ferrari FXX K was unveiled on December 2, 2014 and in a little over a week, it’s come close to breaking the Internet. In the few days since its debut, we’ve read and heard so many things about the track-spec LaFerrari and each of these instances came to the same conclusion: the FXX K is otherworldly. The latest news about the FXX K comes by way of The SuperCarKids, which is reporting that Google Vice President and notorious gearhead Benjamin Sloss has acquired one of the 32 available examples of the FXX K.
Technically, “acquired” isn’t the right word to use because in the traditional sense, as Sloss doesn’t get to take his FXX K home with him. What he did by shelling out a reported $2.7 million for the car was to buy the privilege of driving the hybrid supercar during specific track days that Ferrari announces at its discretion.
Nevertheless, all 32 models were already accounted for even before Ferrari unveiled the FXX K and Sloss is the first to confirm the purchase, having reportedly done so on his Instagram account. The said post, which featured his wife sitting comfortably behind the wheel of the FXX K, has since been taken down. But according to The SuperCarKids, Sloss indicated that “he bought one of the 32 units, so that he and his wife can race at the same time.”
Sloss’ history as a noted Ferrari owner certainly qualifies him to get the first crack at being one of the lucky owners of the FXX K. Even with the complicated ownership process attached to the car, that apparently didn’t stop Sloss from opening up his checkbook for the chance to "own" the FXX K.
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It was recently announced that Ferrari would offer a total 32 examples of its race-only 2015 FXX K, and although prices came in at an astonishing $2.7 million, each and every example was promptly sold. Not that any of those customers actually “own” the car, at least not in the traditional sense. Rather than buying an FXX K to keep in the garage and sing sweet lullabies to (or whatever it is that Ferrari owners keep behind closed doors), the buyers of the FXX K essentially bought the privilege to drive this hybrid monster at specific track days.
Let us explain. The FXX K is part of Ferrari’s XX “owner test-driver” program, whereby customers spend millions of dollars to get in the cockpit of “their” car at track days of Ferrari’s choosing. Each driver is hand selected by the Italian automaker, which provides a crew of engineers and technicians for six events at tracks worldwide, like the Nürburgring or Yas Marina. After the hard laps end, Ferrari loads up the car and takes it away, with a few hard drives worth of data to pour through for future development. The customers all go home to wait for the next opportunity to play race car driver. If you ask us, it seems like an awfully sweet deal for Ferrari.
In this video, we find the FXX K out in the UAE among other members of the XX Program, including the 599XX and FXX. Although the angle is shot only from the front straight and pits, hearing these things rev up will give you shivers.
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In a move of extreme personal one-upmanship, Ferrari decided that its halo vehicle, the LaFerrari, was just a little too tame. As such, we know have the 2015 Ferrari FXX K, a hardcore, track-oriented hyper hybrid with over 1,000 horsepower, Pirelli P-Zero racing slicks, enough exotic materials to supply a space program, and two downforce-generating rear dorsal fins.
Sounds amazing, doesn’t it? We want one too, but alas, it was not meant to be. Ferrari is making only 32 examples of the FXX K, and each and every one is already sold. It’s not like they were all that cheap either, with a $2.7 million buy-in required for access.
Here’s how it works: owners pay money for the right to drive the car at special track days of Ferrari’s choosing, giving them the chance to develop as drivers, as well as develop the car as a close link to Ferrari’s F1 program. Past examples of this arrangement include the F40 LM, FXX, and 599XX.
So, to sum up: you pay Ferrari millions of dollars for the chance to drive “your” car at a track day, then they box it up and take it home to look at the data you generated as a means to win races. You can’t even cruise the local shopping mall.
That’s okay though. Every time a car like this comes out, we’re reminded of just how awesome modern racing technology can be. And as long as millionaire drivers keep shelling out the cash, folks like you and I can sit back and marvel, content that, eventually, it’ll all trickle down. Now where’s the particleboard and glue gun? My four-banger is gonna look totally sweet with some dorsal fins.
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The 2014 Ferrari LaFerrari and the 2014 McLaren P1 make up two-thirds of the hybrid supercar trinity. When you have these two vehicles of mass destruction roaming around the streets, it’s natural to clamor for a review to see which of these two has the leg up over the other. CAR Magazine heard your calls for a dual review between the LaFerrari and P1 and has answered the bell. Sort of.
The review isn’t as comprehensive as we’d like. Actually, CAR editors-at-large Chris Chilton and Ben Barry spend the majority of the time chasing each other down in the mountains of Italy. No track test. No speed runs. No nothing. But hey, it still involves the LaFerrari and the P1 so it’s still worth something.
It’s also the first time — to our recollection, at least — that the two hybrid supercars have been pitted against one another. That track-day review will come soon enough, but for now, this is what we have.
If you’re not particularly adamant about watching a full-fledged review, this one should be a must-watch. There’s still something admittedly exciting about the LaFerrari and the P1 taking turns hunting each other down with two auto journalists giving their own play-by-play accounts.
British auto journalist Chris Harris’ new YouTube channel, Chris Harris On Cars, got off to a roaring debut after he successfully booked one of the world’s most exotic vehicles as one of his first guests. Okay, the show doesn’t follow the same formula as a typical talk show, but if the automotive equivalent of a “first guest” is the 2014 Ferrari LaFerrari, then none of us can really have any qualms about it.
This episode of Chris Harris On Cars is all about the LaFerrari. Harris first takes the supercar on a public road and in between describing the car’s interior creature comforts and struggling to keep it from oversteering, he had that look of a man who couldn’t believe that he was actually driving the LaFerrari. After his road excursion with the Ferrari hybrid supercar, Harris then takes the car to its natural habitat: the race track. In this instance, he didn’t have to go too far to find one as Ferrari’s famed Fiorano track welcomed him with open arms.
Harris’ run at Fiorano with the LaFerrari was nothing short of extraordinary. Going full throttle on a LaFerrari at Fiorano with Ferrari’s blessing is usually an invitation to go hard on the car. That’s exactly what Harris did, much to the envy of just about everybody who watches this episode.
For somebody who’s spent time in all three hybrid supercars, Harris’ voice resonates when the conversation starts on how the LaFerrari stacks up against the Porsche 918 Spyder and the McLaren P1. So for him to call the LaFerrari and the P1 as the two that are in a class of their own, it’s a testament to the kind of hybrid supercar Ferrari has created.
2014 has been quite the eventful year in the auto industry, and the best part is we still have December left before the calendar flips to 2015. But since we’re celebrating Thanksgiving today, we wanted to take this opportunity to give thanks to some of the highlights of 2014. It was a long and exhaustive list that we somehow managed to whittle down to five things we’re thankful for.
All items on the list were newsworthy at one point or another during the year, but the things on this list didn’t make it simply because they made news in 2014. Rather, the items on this list have long-term impacts on the evolution of the auto industry moving forward. Whether it was the development of a new engine or the arrival and imminent departure of two supercars, 2014 really had them all.
Read through the things we’re thankful for in 2014 and let us know what you’re thankful for in the comments section.
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Ah yes, the 2014 Ferrari LaFerrari, a car so nice, you have to name it twice. This is the Italian entry in the hybrid hypercar battle between the Porsche 918 Spyder and McLaren P1, and as expected, everything about it is turned up to 11. Output is rated at 963 combined horsepower from the 6.3-liter V-12 and HY-KERS double electric-motor system, which is enough to move the 2,767-pound exotic to extreme performance figures, like a 0-to-60 time under three seconds and top speed of 217 mph. The body is shaped from composites and features more wind tunnel tweaks than some military aircraft, and the suspension is so well sorted that hard cornering might result in the momentary creation of a wormhole. Production is limited to just 499 units, and anyone lucky enough to purchase one will need to fork over well over a million dollars U.S. for ownership privileges.
Of course, regular folks like you and I will probably never get within spitting distance of a machine as glamorous as the Ferrari squared. But don’t fret, we can still live vicariously through the broadcasts of YouTube stars like Shmee150.
True to the Shmee-style you’ve come to expect, our favorite supercar bloodhound is up close and personal with one of Maranello’s finest to give us a quick look at some of the details, including the aero, the interior, and of course, a few revs of that beastly V-12.
This machine is so crazy, it makes the Pagani, Maserati, and Enzo parked next to it look almost tame by comparison. This video is definitely worth a click for three and a half minutes of “if only”.
When you are one the premier drivers in Formula One like Felipe Massa, you can drive just about any car in the world you want. Despite having left his old F1 team of Ferrari for a seat at Williams, Massa was recently spotted in Monaco with the keys to another Prancing Horse, the LaFerrari.
Spanish site, Auiobuild.es recently grabbed some pictures of the Brazilian outside of a fancy hotel on the stunning Monaco coast as he was getting out of his shiny new Ferrari LaFerrari. It seems that despite his departure with the Scuderia, Maranello was still willing to let Massa take home the keys to the limited edition super-hybrid. More than that, Felipe’s particular LaFerrari comes with some very nice extra details. The black exterior paint is accentuated with gray on the lowest aerodynamic bodywork, and each piece is trimmed in a subtle red pinstripe around the edge. The red also can be seen on the mirror mounts, and there are red accents on the black leather interior as well.
It may seem weird to see a driver from a competing team behind the wheel of a Ferrari, but I like to think that on-track rivalry shouldn’t preclude someone from owning one of the best road cars available in the world right now.
By now we’re all familiar with what the LaFerrari is capable of. We’ve seen countless reviews and track footage and the supercar’s V-12 soundtrack is now familiar to our ears. However, we often forget that the LaFerrari is actually a hybrid with an all-electric mode at its disposal. Our forgetfulness is due to the fact that most LaFerrari videos include either engine revving or high-speed track footage, in which the Italian hypercar uses its electrons to back the 800 horses generated by the 6.3-liter V-12.
But once the drivetrain is switched into full-electric, all those exciting exhaust notes vanish into thin air. The LaFerrari becomes as quiet as a Nissan Leaf, with only its familiar design and Prancing Horse logos reminding us there’s a high-revving beast waiting to be unleashed. Granted, the sight of a Ferrari that’s silent while moving is a bit disturbing, but no longer shocking considering the technology used in today’s supercars. Both the McLaren P1 and the Porsche 918 can sneak up on you using their electric motors, so we’d better get used to Ferraris being quieter than a four-banger from time to time.
As a refresher, the LaFerrari uses two electric motors that are powered by a battery pack consisting of 120 cells. The units deliver 163 horsepower and more than 150 pound-feet of torque, taking the supercar’s total output to 963 ponies and in excess of 663 pound-feet.
Although the development of the LaFerrari XX has been confirmed since early 2014, Ferrari’s state-of-the-art track supercar is still a mystery. Not only is Maranello keeping all the details in the vault, the LaFerrari XX has only made brief public appearances during which very few exterior enhancements were showcased. We’ve seen it roar its engine on the race course earlier this month as well, but, as with all of the XX’s outings, we had to settle with gazing at a heavily camouflaged silhouette. But just as we were about to give up on hunting actual details of the track-exclusive LaFerrari, a couple of new photos surfaced the Interwebz, giving us our best look at the Italian supercar yet.
These images were first posted on the CzechExotics Facebook page and reveal some never-before-seen feats of the XX. such as the large rear wing, not mounted on the car in our previous Nurburgring spy shots, and the massive, race-spec brake discs and calipers. There’s also a photo of the interior, which comes to confirm the LaFerrari XX received a stripped out cabin with a full roll cage and a huge amount of racing gear. It doesn’t appear as the interior is ready for production, but a few panels to hide all the wiring won’t change its layout too much.
Also in the good news department, rumor has it the LaFerrari XX will debut at the Ferrari Finali Mondiali event in Abu Dhabi in December 2014. This means the suffering might be over in less than two months. Here’s to hoping!
Click past the jump to read more about the Ferrari LaFerrari XX.
If you had the chance to own one of the 499 Ferrari LaFerraris that have been built, what is one of the first things you would do with it. If you guessed “flog it on a track” you are correct! Congratulations.
Thankfully one enterprising owner thought the same thing, and he was even kind enough to film it. What we get is a few quick laps around the legendary Monza track during a track day. The driver makes quick work of everything that he comes up against. From small hot hatches like Golf GTIs to full blown 911s, everything is immediately left looking at taillights. Toward the end of the video he even comes across another LaFerrari, and he proceeds to pass that as well.
There are plenty of smiles, exhaust roar and even a bit of tail-out action. Click that play button and enjoy a bit of exotica today. As a fun bonus game, try to count how many cars he passed, and leave your answer in the comments below.
The VMax200 evoMax is the kind of supercar gathering that I can only dream about getting invited to. But first I’ll need to have a supercar to be able to join the fun. Last I checked, I don’t have one, so like most people without an exotic in their garage, I’m going to settle for watching this video prepared by the event’s partner, Evo Magazine.
The event, which was organized by Augo Vivendi, drew a lot of owners and their high-priced supercar babies. Name an exotic and it probably had owner in attendance. One particular car that caught a lot of peoples’ attention was the Ferrari LaFerrari. The LaFerrari is one of a handful of supercars that still stands out when lined up against others of its kind, including the Bugatti Veyron.
As you can expect, the objective of the event is for these supercar owners to play around with their cars without worrying about getting speeding tickets. An official time keeper was also on hand to record the top speed of these cars with the goal of determining which one can go the fastest.
The LaFerrari was in the running but ultimately had to settle for third place at 207 mph, which it shared with the Bugatti Veyron and a heavily tuned SVM Nissan Qashqai. The three were bested by a pair of Porsche’s, including Nine Excellence’s 9EXX 996 Turbo, which took top honors at 212 mph, followed closely by an RS Tuning-built 997 GT2 at 208 mph.
The video above is a great six-and-a-half-minute recap of the event. It’s probably best to watch it with your speakers turned way up.
How will evolve the price of LaFerrari over the years? There is a safe bet that with such performance and only 499 Laferrari produced, its value will increase quickly. Here’s probably the first example, with this black Ferrari "LaFerrari" on sale now at Dubai for a local price equivalent to $ 3.25 million!!.
Bought $1.2M and to sell $3.25M ! it’s almost 200% more than the original price!
Ferrari’s new LaFerrari. is already the most powerful road Ferrari ever built, thanks to a hybrid engine that combines to produce an incredible 963 horsepower. With so much power, many people have wondered how Ferrari could ever top it.
But over the past few months, spy photos and spy videos of a "LaFerrari XX" have been captured, showing a track-focused supercar undergoing some serious test runs. One video even captured the LaFerrari XX in a test run that went a little too hard, breaking its suspensiosn and nearly losing a wheel.
Recently, a new video of the LaFerrari XX was spotted, and while it lacked the drama of suspension damage, this one perfectly captures the piercing sound of that engine.
The acoustics are downright incredible and borderline insane. Even when the LaFerrari XX was at a distance far removed from the camera, you could still hear it’s engine unleash the fury of Ferrari engineering at its finest.
Here’s a tip: watch this video with the volume turned up. You’ll appreciate it a whole lot more.
With all the influx happening within Ferrari these days, you can at least count on one thing happening moving forward; the Italian automaker will continue to reduce carbon-dioxide emissions by 20 percent by 2021. In order to accomplish that, Ferrari powertrain director Vittorio Dini told Automotive News that the company will continue down the path of using turbochargers on its V-8 engines and combining hybrid systems with its V-12 engines.
Ferrari already has two cars using a variation of each engine system. The California T already features a turbocharged V-8, becoming the first production turbocharged Ferrari since the iconic F40. On the flip-side, the LaFerrari became the first Ferrari to use a hybrid system, which was combined with a 6.3-liter V-12 to produce a combined 963 horsepower.
Moving forward, Dini told Automotive News that all V-8-powered Ferraris will use turbochargers, including the next iterations of the 458 Italia and the 458 Spider, which are scheduled to arrive in 2015 and 2016, respectively. The challenge with these turbocharged V-8 engines would be to decrease their displacements while increasing their output numbers.
A similar re-engineering is also expected to happen to the Ferrari FF and F12berlinetta, two models that currently use V-12 engines. Dini stopped short of officially confirming plans to use hybrid technology on both models, but don’t be surprised if the next FF arrives in 2016 with a hybrid system of its own. Same with the next F12berlinetta, which Ferrari may release in 2017 with modified version of the hybrid system.
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Ever wondered what Ferrari would look like if it became, to quote former CEO Luca di Montezemolo, “American?" Well, Jalopnik writer and artist Jason Torchinsky did just that, creating a series of hilarious Ferrari-based renderings that show a number of models receiving America’s unabashed imprint.
The F12 Brougham and the FF Sportwagen could actually pass of as legitimate Ferraris if you’re looking at them while in an inebriated state, but that’s the extent of it. The rest of the renderings take a turn for the insanely hilarious. There’s the 458 Montana SUV that looks like a moustachioed 458 on PEDs; the 458 Eagle with “vertical stabilizing fins” and a Pontiac Firebird-inspired eagle hood graphic; the 458 Rebele with welded doors and General Lee-inspired livery; and the three-wheeled Florida T with an exposed supercharger and a meth-dispenser system.
But the coup de grâce is the limited edition LaFerrari Van that might actually make for a pretty decent family car if not for the fact that it isn’t real.
Well done, Jason. Well done. Somewhere Ferrari executives are typing up a cease and desist letter.
Click past the jump to see how Ferrari’s lineup will look like if it really was becoming "American."
Image Credit: Jason Torchinsky
Images used with the express permission of Jalopnik.
Chris Harris is back again, making me jealous of his life. He recently spent some time in Maranello, testing the new Ferrari LaFerrari. The LaFerrari, despite having a silly name, is the hardcore, hybrid successor to the famous Enzo. It’s also the Italian answer to the Porsche 918 and the McLaren P1. It’s also probably the most brutally fast hybrid production car ever made.
Chris got to test each of those aforementioned hybrid supercars and had nothing but great things to say about them. However, he seems to feel a bit different about this LaFerrari. It seems to be the only one of the three he actually loved. The reason for that is probably the fact that the LaFerrari hides it’s techno-wonder more than the others. The Porsche 918 is a unashamed nerd-fest (a very cool, very fast nerd-fest), and the McLaren is all business with its very serious, designed-in-a-wind-tunnel looks. The LaFerrari, on the other hand, is typical Italian pantomime and theater, it’s a celebration of colors and noise. I personally think it looks fantastic, I especially like the bug-antenna-style wing mirrors. It looks like a proper Ferrari, not just an exercise in aerodynamics and numbers. They each have their own character but the LaFerrari seems to have the most interesting one.
Combine all of this power, performance, handling prowess and looks, and you have possibly the greatest supercar the world has ever seen. Now go watch Mr. Harris give it "the full potatoes!".
What’s the going rate for a Ferrari LaFerrari these days? Turns out, it’s more than the £1.2 million (a little over $2 million) price tag Ferrari attached to it. A lot more.
Oracle Finance managing director Peter Brook revealed to Motoring Research that interested buyers of the LaFerrari are prepared to pay more than £1 million more than its original price tag. In case you’re wondering, that’s $1.6 million based on the exchange rates on 8/13/2014, which is a little north of the $1.3 million price tag of a Bugatti Veyron. Basically, these buyers are prepared to spend as much as £2.2 million, or about $3.3 million to get a piece of the 499 LaFerraris in existence today.
Brook revealed the incredible details in an analysis of the supercar market, highlighting the prevailing thought that demand for the LaFerrari has become so rabid that eager buyers are more than willing to spend close to double the amount Ferrari is asking for it.
“It’s a buying frenzy out there at the moment for Ferraris and nothing demonstrates that like the million-pound premiums we’re seeing for the LaFerrari,” Brook said. It paints a shocking figure one when a guy like Brook is even stunned at the premium buyers are prepared to pay just to get their hands on a LaFerrari.
Fortunately for the McLaren P1 and the Porsche 918 Spyder, demand for these two exotics is also high enough that both are attracting impressive premium numbers.
Oracle Finance says that the P1 has a premium of £300,000 ($500,856), while the 918 Spyder has a premium of £200,000 ($333,904). Still, those amounts are chump change compared to the staggering £1.2 million premium on the Ferrari LaFerrari.
Click past the jump to read more about the Ferrari LaFerrari.
British property magnate Jon Hunt is nuts about his Ferraris, which makes him one of the few people in the world who has the capability to love the cars and then buy them afterwards. He also just recently accepted the delivery of his latest purchase, the Ferrari LaFerrari.
But simply taking the keys from a dealership wasn’t memorable enough for Hunt. So he decided to do something different. With the help of his two children and some friends, Hunt led his own version of a Ferrari parade, that is if you consider the distance from London to Ferrari headquarters in Maranello as a parade.
It seems like one, seeing as the cars Hunt picked to go pick up the LaFerrari were some of the most exclusive and sought-after Ferraris in the world. Really, it doesn’t get any better than a 288 GTO, an F40, an F50, and an Enzo, does it?
After spending his first five minutes inside the LaFerrari, Hunt quickly lines them all up together and tells Ferrari.com (via the above video) that he’s the type who actually drives his Ferraris, even admitting that he’s done 16,000 kilometers on the Enzo alone.
For somebody who has just about every exclusive Ferrari in the past 20-something years, Jon Hunt has shown us what it really means to be a proud and dedicated tifosi.
The Laferrari FXX and the LaFerrari Spider have been in the rumormill for quite some time now. The FXX has already been spotted testing on the Nurburgring track, but unlike McLaren, Ferrari has yet to confirm a track-only LaFerrari is underway. Same goes for the LaFerrari Spider, which is rumored to join its coupe sibling sometime in 2015.
However, a new report coming from CAR suggest both LaFerrari spin-offs are set for a 2015 launch. Production is likely to commence as soon as the last of the 499 LaFerrari coupes leaves the assembly line, with both supercars to be built in very limited quantities. Much like the previous, Enzo-based special-edition Ferraris, both LaFerrari derivatives will be offered to the company’s most exclusive customers.
CAR also reveals Ferrari is currently working on no less than nine new vehicles, but until we can get hold of more information on that matter, let’s have a closer look at the LaFerrari FXX and LaFerrari Spider.
Click past the jump to read more about the Ferrari LaFerrari Spider and FXX.
A prototype of the Ferrari LaFerrari XX was recently spotted putting in some test laps around Ferrari’s famed Monza race track. It certainly looks the part of an ultra exclusive supercar, right down to its incredibly dynamic look and throaty growl that’s music our ears.
The three-minute video gives us a good look at how far Ferrari has progressed in the development of the LaFerrari XX, considered as the pinnacle of Ferrari engineering. Don’t blame us for being extra giddy about watching the LaFerrari XX in action. We’ve been waiting a long time for a video of the supercar putting in one test lap after another and this video certainly didn’t disappoint!
The first two minutes were nothing short of an eargasm. But at around the 2:20 mark, we witnessed something we never thought we’d see: the right rear wheel of the LaFerrari XX completely buckles, presumably due to some kind of suspension mishap. Watching in slow motion is even more incredible considering you see the top half of the wheel pop outside of the arches and resting diagonally while the other three wheels continue to rotate.
Supercars like the Ferrari LaFerrari XX are always subjected to extreme testing, the likes of which normal vehicles aren’t treated to. Now we know the reason for that.
By now, we all know how awesome the Ferrari LaFerrari is. It’s the one road car that features the very best of Ferrari technology, something even the F12berlinetta and the 458 Italia can’t boast of. Recently, Motor Trend’s Ignition web series had a chance to get up close and personal with the LaFerrari. Quite frankly, we’re a little jealous of Ignition host Carlos Lago. Not everyone gets to drive the LaFerrari around even for just a few laps.
Lago not only secured a morning’s worth of laps around Ferrari’s famed test track in Fiorano, he also had some time to take in the beautiful scenery around the track later on that day. That ear-to-ear grin on his face is a pretty good indication that he had a ball. We’d feel the same way, too.
The Ignition host was clearly blown away by his time with the LaFerrari, as was every other person who was allowed some time to drive the hybrid supercar. The LaFerrari is, after all, an incredible piece of Ferrari engineering, created with the simple task of showcasing the very best in technological advancements the company has accomplished.
The only thing missing is a Topspeed review of the LaFerrari. Cross your fingers that we get our chance soon.
It’s been only a week since we’ve seen the first LaFerrari crash, and the first fire-related incident involving the company’s brand-new supercar have surfaced the Interwebz via Instagram. The details are pretty thin, but it appears the incident occurred during the Trento-Bondone rally, which was attended by a large number of Ferraris, including the LaFerrari depicted above.
According to various reports, the red-painted LaFerrari started smoking while roaring up the hillclimb event, but details as to what might have happened under the hood are nonexistent. All we know is the photo taken right after the event suggests the LaFerrari’s rear end suffered some fire damage before an extinguisher jumped in to cool things down. Granted, the damage is limited to the slight burns seen on diffuser and the powder stains covering most of the rear fascia, but we can’t help wonder whether or not the LaFerrari is facing some fire-related issues of its own.
Click past the jump to read more about Ferrari’s fire problems.
This day was bound to come, no matter how much we all feared it. That’s what happens to cars like the Ferrari LaFerrari. You appreciate and love it, but you also understand that seeing one crash will make your stomach turn. It’s an inevitability that we all can’t escape and recently, our fears were finally realized when a Ferrari LaFerrari crashed into a Volkswagen Golf in Maranello. The horrible photos were taken by GFWilliams Photographer and shows significant damage to both models.
Then again, it does look like it was the LaFerrari that bore the brunt of the crash. The entire front section of the supercar has been mangled. The bonnet, front bumper, and a number of aero components up front all look to have seen better days. It’s a painful sight to see.
Fortunately, the damage doesn’t appear to be fatal to the pockets, but a major repair is in order. With the damage concentrated on the front end, it looks like this LaFerrari will live to see another day. The car gods were kind today...
Click past the jump to read more about the Ferrari LaFerrari.
As with most editions, the 2014 Goodwood Festival of Speed was packed with lots of action as hundreds of classic and modern sports and race cars stormed up the iconic Hill. With so many cool vehicles gathered in England, picking a favorite is next to impossible. However, I must confess some of the Ferraris stole my heart this time, especially one particular LaFerrari that caught the eye with its unique exterior paint.
Unlike other LaFerraris showcased during various events since launch, which were mainly painted in the company’s famous Rosso Corsa, this example roared in Goodwood in a bright-green suit. The hue is definitely a show stopper, but what makes it even more impressive is its uniqueness among "regular" LaFerraris, which can only be ordered in either red, yellow or black. If you’re a bit puzzled, then you should know that the owner of this LaFerrari is no other than Jay Kay, Jamiroquai’s front man.
I have no idea in regard as to how he managed to order the LaFerrari in green — I’m guessing he opted for a bespoke program — but considering he already owns an F40 and an Enzo, the Italian company would be crazy to deny any of his requests. All told, Jay Kay is the proud owner of a LaFerrari that just screams for attention. A refreshing break from the regular, red-painted Prancing Horses.
What do you think? Is this bright shade of green appropriate for a LaFerrari or would you rather have it in Rosso Corsa or Giallo Modena? Let me know in comments.
There’s one more video after the jump.
Having 15 million Facebook fans is no small thing for an automotive company. Recently, Ferrari broke through that mark and as a sign of appreciation for its 15 million — and counting — Facebook fans, the Italian automaker decided to dedicate a lap in the Ferrari LaFerrari to all of them.
It’s not a typical hat-tip gesture, but it’s the kind that only a company like Ferrari can think of. The two-minute video was shot through Google Glass and gives a unique point of view on what a LaFerrari lap looks like when you’re riding shotgun and Rafaelle de Simone, Head of Development Ferrari Test Drivers, sitting behind the wheel.
Speaking of reaching 15 million fans, Ferrari is in elite company. We did a quick check on Facebook and discovered that of the major automakers in the world, only BMW has more Facebook fans (or ’likes," depending on how you describe it) at almost 17.77 million likes. Ferrari’s now at 15,021,085 likes so it still has a ways to go before it can catch BMW in that regard.
But hey, 15 million fans is an achievement in itself, and like only Ferrari can, it showed its love for its fans in about as unique a way as it could.
The Ferrari LaFerrari may have one of the top-10 worst names in the history of supercars, but its awesomeness is not damaged by its silly name. It is so awesome that fans are willing to pay £1,000 ($1,702 as of 6/23/2014) to simply ride in one. And this is exactly what five fans did, as Radio 2 DJ Chris Evans gave five fans a ride in his LaFerrari as he piloted it around the TopGear test track. The £5,000 ($8,510) that Evans raised went straight to charity, but the name of the charity was not given.
What’s more, this was not your typical LaFerrari — as if there is a "typical" one — as Evans’ model so happens to be the first-ever, customer-owned LaFerrari on the road. The Breakfast Show host didn’t just lap the track either; he gave these donors their money’s worth, as he pushed his new prancing horse relatively hard around the track.
Fortunately for us, there was no annoying music and talking over the video. All you can hear is the noise from the crowd and the bad-ass scream from the LaFerrari’s wild exhaust.
Good for Evans for letting his prized possession be the vehicle to raise a few thousand bucks for charity.
How much would you pay to ride in this 963-horsepower monster that sprints to 60 mph in under three seconds and tops out at 217 mph?
Watching the Ferrari LaFerrari smoke its tires on a race track never gets old. Sometimes, all you have to do is sit back and watch because seeing it mesmerizes you. That was the case in this video when the folks over at Top Gear Magazine were given a chance to take the LaFerrari out for a spin.
It may not be as interesting without the always entertaining comments of Jeremy Clarkson while he sits behind the wheel and starts bloviating about how mental the LaFerrari is, but the video is still worth checking out.
It’s not too often we get to see the mighty Ferrari supercar get pushed to the limit like it was in this video so you can appreciate the fact that while this supercar costs over seven digits, people can still channel that beast within and unleash it out in its natural elements.
We’ve all done it — taken a wrong turn just to follow a Lamborghini or Porsche, just for a few more seconds of staring at its beautiful exterior and listening to its engine’s exhaust with our windows down. To see a rare car on the road is well, rare, but Tim Burton of Shmee150 got the chance to follow the LaFerrari, the latest in ultimate hypercar eye candy from Ferrari.
What’s more, Burton‘s vantage point happen to be a new F-Type R Coupe on loan from Jaguar as a group of motoring enthusiast traveled around the Italian countryside celebrating the Mille Miglia road rally.
In the video above, the LaFerrari mostly shows off its posterior as the line of cars wind up the curvy roads. Towards the end, however, the privileged driver of the Ferrari decided to pull a dumb and dangerous U-turn just shy of a corner on a two-lane road. While the move was questionable, it affords us the chance as candid video of the car’s side and front.
Though the LaFerrari has been out for nearly a year now, videos of sightings are still rare thanks to a 499-unit production run. That’s a sad limit for such a limitless performance car. Power comes from a 6.3-liter V-12 and two electric motors all packaged together in a 963-horsepower combination. With a 0-to-62-mph time of fewer than three seconds and a top speed of 217.48 mph, the LaFerrari is one of the best performers currently in production.
The LaFerrari is proof that Ferrari can work with hybrid technology, but assuming that it’s going to wake up one day and start dropping the technology on all future Ferraris is taking it a little too far. Ferrari knows that hybrid engines have a future in its company; it’s just that we shouldn’t expect it to happen anytime soon.
Ferrari CEO Amedeo Felisa spoke with Auto Motor und Sport and admitted as much, telling the German paper that while a hybrid successor to the 458 Italia is an "interesting idea," the company still doesn’t see it as a feasible idea unless there’s a "leap forward in battery technology."
Apparently, the biggest concern with using hybrid technology on Ferraris is the cost that comes with it. Felisa pointed out that the LaFerrari’s electrical engineering already costs €60,000 ($82,970 based on current exchange rates), and that doesn’t even count the "technical and financial effort" needed to compensate for the weight added by a hybrid system.
Ferrari can get away using hybrid technology on the LaFerrari because the exclusivity of the supercar, coupled with its astronomical price tag, was enough to justify using it. But "mass produced" supercars like the 458 Italia are a different story. For one, Ferrari can’t risk adding any more weight to the cars and the sheer volume of production is just too expensive to handle. It could probably still work, but the cost of doing so would be to make the cars more expensive to buyers - an option that Ferrari isn’t too keen on taking.
But the technology is there, and Ferrari knows now that using it can dramatically improve the performance of its sports cars. That’s the good news. It’s just not feasible to do at this point in time.
For now, Ferrari’s plan is to continue pushing forward with developing new technology that reduces fuel consumption and CO2 emissions of its vehicles. A combination of mild hybrid technology and turbocharged engines could be used on that end. But as far as the kind of hybrid tech the LaFerrari has, don’t expect Ferrari to start using it on its other models just yet.
Click past the jump to read more about the LaFerrari
Since Ferrari admitted that there was a race-prepped version of the LaFerrarion the way — as if you couldn’t already toss "The Ferrari" on the track as is — the details have started rolling out a little more regularly. Now we have a new juicy bit that comes from the folks over at Top Gear. And this tidbit of info happens to deal with the LaFerrari XX featuring half the cylinders of the road-going version.
This makes perfect sense to us, because in December 2013, we dug up a video of a LaFerrari out testing with what was obviously an F1-derived, turbocharged V-6. Check out the video for yourself and listen to that exhaust note. If you close your eyes while listening, you would think you were hearing a new F1 racer out testing.
Given the fact that Ferrari will not confirm what engine the XX model will use, this can only mean that the engine is still in development or that Ferrari is still testing a few different setups. And according to a "high up" official in Ferrari, the V-6 engine is very much in the running as the powerplant of choice. This engine becomes even more logical when you consider that the XX program is all about lightening the car and making it more precise, rather than raw power and speed, and swapping a small-displacement V-6 in place of that hulking V-12 would likely shed some serious weight.
For now, this all remains speculation and hearsay, but it remains a novel concept that may well become a reality.
Stay tuned for more.
Click past the jump to read more about the LaFerrari XX.
Happy Thursday, friends. We know it can be a slightly somber day for many of the F1 fans out there, but we are here to make your day a little better. It is time for the TopSpeed Podcast.
Not only do we have the return of Mark to our podcast shenanigans, but we have video (after the jump) up and ready to post at the same time as audio. Yay us!
This week’s show returns to our traditional format with the Weekly wheels coming first. I talk about a Buick LaCrosse, Mark discusses the Dodge Durango and Justin tries to mercilessly bash the Acura TL.
Since Mark just got back form the drive of the all-new 2015 Hyundai Genesis we spend a good chunk of time discussing this new luxury performance machine. Afterwards we hit some more traditional news stories that include the first reviews and videos of the Ferrari LaFerrari, upgrades coming to the 2015 Chevrolet SS and the revival of Fisker.
We had a pretty solid Q/A segment that includes stories of our past hooliganisms. how we would love to destroy cars, and we had a question about my GT-R drive.
We finish the show with Own, Drive, Burn and a trio of Batmobiles.
We hope everyone enjoys the show, and as always please send us any comments, questions or Own, Drive, Burn suggestions you have. You can reach us by email at Podcast@TopSpeed.com, you can find us on Twitter @TopSpeedPodcast, or you can just sound off in the comments below.
Don’t forget, we are also now on iTunes.
Happy Thursday everyone. See you next week for EPISODE 010!
Weekly Wheels: Buick LaCrosse, Acura TL, Dodge Durango
Hosts: Christian Moe, Justin Cupler, Mark McNabb
See the video Podcast after the jump.
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
By now, we’ve come to learn a lot about Ferrari’s priced beauty, the beast incarnate known as the Ferrari LaFerrari (read: "The Ferrari"). But even though we’ve read our fair share of textual reviews of the ultimate Ferrari, it doesn’t hurt to watch and listen to what Autocar and Evo think about the supercar while behind the wheel.
From what I can make of it, the LaFerrari received enormous praise until,its cup runneth over. (Autocar’s" review is by far my favorite, as the build up to the drive is organic and you can see the fear/excitement in the reviewer’s eyes. What’s more, he then proceeds to get things a little drifty, as he shows just how well the LaFerrari twirks in the twist. Not too bad for a nearly 1,000-horsepower supercar, huh?
Keep it here to see all the videos as they are released.
One more video after the jump.
Well here it is folks, the first video footage from a third party of the Ferrari LaFerrari running around Fiorano in the hands of a journalist.
There are two things to take immediate notice of. One: this thing is incredibly fast. Two: it is easily one of the best sounding Ferraris of all time. This Ferrari makes use of a hybrid drivetrain that features a 6.3-liter V-12 and a pair of electric motors to produce almost 1,000 horsepower. Just like its peers, the Porsche 918 and the McLaren P1, there is absolutely no indication that this thing is running on electricity and petrol simultaneously. All we hear is pure, unadulterated V-12 anger.
Aside from the noise, the video gives a good bit of footage of the interior, and the active rear wing in action. We even get a bit of sideways hoonage. If you wanted details, info or specs, you need to look elsewhere. There is no noise in the video except what comes from the Ferrari, and we think that may be for a very good reason.
Now you may remember that we ran a story about a potential $70,000 fine that comes with leaking information about the LaFerrari early. You may have also noticed that this video has been released just hours before the embargo is lifted.
Now, a couple of things may have happened here. First, Sport Auto may have taken a calculated risk and assumed the pure income from the YouTube video may be enough to offset the fee. Second, as there is not a single word uttered about the car in this video, the lawyers at Sport Auto may have found a loophole around Ferrari’s restrictions.
Either way, we win, as we get crisp automotive pornography and it didn’t cost any of us a dime.
Updated 4/30/2014: Looks like Auto Sport released the video and then got cold feet, as it was pulled down shortly after we broke the story. There is a new video, however, and we posted it after the jump.
If you have ever wondered why TopSpeed.com doesn’t get to do many in-person reviews on Ferraris, this might help explain things. Certain car makers are very picky, and apply lots of heavy restrictions to their car reviews. According to Jalopnik, Ferrari has now started making writers agree to a $70,000 fine if they break embargo times for the Ferrari LaFerrari.
Basically, if I got to drive the Ferrari LaFerrari, and I wanted to talk to you about it today, it would cost me $70,000. If I waited a few weeks to tell you, it wouldn’t cost me a dime. It seems strange, but this is the amount of power that some of these exotic and exclusive companies wield. On top of these types of restrictions, Ferrari has a very short list of “approved” journalists that are allowed behind the wheel of their machines.
That is not to say that we wouldn’t play ball. Our most important site feature is you guys and gals, the readers. As absurd as a massive fine for talking about a car early may seem, we would jump through almost any hoop to get you guys the cool stories and awesome drives you deserve. We just aren’t on that short list yet.
Click past the jump to read more about the Ferrari LaFerrari.
Ferrari’s LaFerrari XX project has barely commenced, but it appears the Italians are already charging toward setting a new Nurburgring lap record for track-only vehicles.
Word has it the Maranello stable has already managed to run the famous course in 6:35, with an official announcement in the coming months. If the rumor proves to be true, the LaFerrari XX will become the fastest production-based, track-exclusive car around the `Ring, surpassing the Pagani Zonda R and its 6:47.50 lap.
Although the LaFerrari XX won’t be able to challenge the production car record, due to its track-only purpose, the track-only supercar will also be faster than the Porsche 918 Spyder, which clocked a 6:57 lap last September. The company has yet to announce a Nurburgring lap for the road-legal LaFerrari.
Additionally, the new racer will smash the records set by the Ferrari 599XXand the 312T, the Prancing Horse’s only race cars to have lapped the track in less than seven minutes. The former achievement was record in 2010, while the latter dates back to the 1975 Formula One season.
Click past the jump to read more about the LaFerrari XX.
Ever since the LaFerrari was unveiled at last year’s Geneva Motor Show, Ferrari aficionados have been dreaming about a track-exclusive version of the ultra-fast hybrid. Something in the vein of the FXX, an Enzo-based race car built in 30 units between 2005 and 2007 or even the F40 LM.
It took the Italians more than a year to admit they will be building one, but they finally did it a couple of days ago, when Antonello Coletta, chief of Ferrari’s Sporting Activity Department, said LaFerrari race car with the "XX" moniker attached to its name is underway.
Those of you that were still reluctant to the news will be quite happy to find out that a prototype version of the LaFerrari XX is already being tested. And to remove any trace of doubt, we have a batch of spy shots to prove it.
The mule showed up at the Nurburgring track (where else?), wearing nothing but its carbon-fiber suit. Interestingly enough, there are no aerodynamic-enhancing parts attached to the body (yet), but the supercar is obviously fitted with lightweight polycarbonate windows, mandatory for any lightweight, race-spec vehicle.
Click past the jump to read more about the LaFerrari XX.
Things are getting pretty racy over at Ferrari, as the company has just confirmed plans to build a racetrack-only version of the LaFerrrari hypercar titled the LaFerrari XX and will see big changes with the suspension and aerodynamics setups in the production car.
The breaking news comes way of Antonello Coletta, Ferrari’s head of Sporting Activity Department, at the ongoing Ferrari Racing Days in Sydney, Australia. “Now we are working on the new hypercar for the circuit, the LaFerrari XX,” Coletta admitted to Drive.com. "I hope that the new car will arrive on the circuit in January or February of next year.”
Coletta says Ferrari realizes improving the car’s power will be a difficult challenge as the car already makes an impressive 963 horsepower and 664 pound-feet of torque with its 6.3-liter V-12 engine and two electric motors. Though the power will increase, the biggest changes are said to be within the suspension tuning, tire choice, and aerodynamics.
“It will be completely different the handling, because it’s normal that the handling is different for the circuit and the road, says Coletta. The difference will be the slick tires, the aerodynamics, the electronics, the suspension, the shock absorbers.”
Though the rumors still fly about Ferrari reentering Le Mans, Coletta and the Italian automaker still deny any definite plans. “Now, we stay in F1 … For now Ferrari will not be in Le Mans but we will see, but it is absolutely not sure,” Drive reports Coletta saying. Catching an odd, Le Mans-style, LaFerrari racer testing is only adding fuel to these rumors.
The track-only LaFerrari XX follows in the footsteps already laid by the Enzo-based FXX and 599XX. The car is expected to launch in 2015 for a price even larger than the production LaFerrari’s $1.8 million asking price.
Click past the jump to read about the LaFerrari EVOXX that we envisioned
When it launched the LaFerrari last year, the Prancing Horse company reached entered a new era, embracing hybrid technology by embedding it into the supercar that followed the footsteps of the Enzo.
Built in only 499 units, the LaFerrari sold out in just a few months, as more than 1,000 customers expressed interest in the $1.4 million supercar. Obviously, more than 500 Ferrari aficionados had to be left in the cold.
That being said, the LaFerrari is not only a desirable vehicle, but also a rare supercar that the average Joe won’t stumble into it while driving to work anytime soon. Seeing one of these Ferraris on a public road would cause one’s heart to beat a lot faster and, if in motion, the engine would deliver an exquisite V-12 symphony for the ears to feast upon.
But how about seeing more than one LaFerrari in the same place? Impossible! Unless it’s one of those exclusive Ferrari customer meetings at Monza. The most recent Ferrari Corse Clienti event occurred a couple of days ago and gathered three LaFerraris, much to the enjoyment of the people that were lucky enough to get up close and personal with them.
The new supercars completed a few laps on the famed Italian track, overshadowing the other Ferrari-badged cars that took on the course the same day.
As a quick refresher, the 2014 Ferrari LaFerrari is motivated by a HY-KERS hybrid system that consists of a 6.3-liter V-12 engine and two electric motors that deliver a total output of 963 horsepower. The conventional unit generates 800 horsepower, while the electric motors add an extra 163 horses. The powertrain, which is connected to an F1 dual-clutch gearbox, pumps more than 663 pound-feet of torque.
As expected, the supercar’s performance figures are exhilarating — the 0-to-60 mph sprint takes only three seconds, while top speed is set at 217 mph.
Forza 5 has released an amazing new video that pays tribute to one of the finest supercars to come out in recent years: the Ferrari LaFerrari. The video is actually so good that a real-life likeness of it probably wouldn’t look as cinematic as this one. Add the incredible musical score and yes, goosebumps will happen.
The video, essentially, is all about the LaFerrari. But Turn 10 went on a creative route in celebrating the Ferrari supercar by using a number of the company’s past and present models form their own version of a royal entrance by having all these iconic Ferraris form two lines to welcome the LaFerrari.
We all know that the Ferrari LaFerrari has taken the place of the Ferrari Enzo as the company’s premier modern-day supercar. The engineering and technical development attributed to the LaFerrari is beyond incredible, and the car itself looks all sorts of otherworldly. The name, on the other hand, is a whole different conversation...
We already know all of these things, but watching this video created by Forza developer Turn 10 reminds us just how real it all is.
Ferrari has never been shy about its muscle-flexing tendencies so it comes as little surprise, at least to us, that Maranello appears to be building a special-edition LaFerrari. As if the LaFerrari isn’t special enough.
Apparently, Ferrari is tinkering with the idea of building a LaFerrari specialist because the exclusive supercar was pretty damn hard to buy. It sounds confusing but demand for the LaFerrari was so high that those who couldn’t buy one were all left clamoring for the company to make some more. Little did they know that Ferrari was already thinking about appeasing these people after CEO Luca di Montezemolo let the cat out of the bag at the 2014 Geneva Motor Show.
According to Autocar, Montezemolo said that a lot of Ferrari’s customers were "disappointed not to be able to own a LaFerrari," but quickly followed that up by saying "we expect to have something special to offer them soon."
So what is this "something," exactly?
The first car that came to our mind was the LaFerrari EVOXX. To be fair, the company has given no indication that it’s building a track-focused version of the already powerful LaFerrari, but we know Maranello’s tendencies, specifically when it comes to showing the world just how awesome it is. So we’re confident that an EVOXX is in the cards for the LaFerrari at some point in the future. Could this be what Montezemolo was alluding to when he talked about "something special?"
We won’t know until a confirmation is made, but we certainly won’t be surprised if the LaFerrari EVOXX comes to fruition. Until then, you can see our earlier rendering of what we thing the LaFerrari EVOXX would look like.
Click past the jump to read more about the standard Ferrari LaFerrari.
Rev battles are pretty common in the supercar world, especially when people want to play "which is better" among competing models.
There are times though when the subject of these rev wars are supercars wearing the same badge. Even rarer is when these supercars who wear the same badges are actually the predecessor/successor to one another.
That’s what we have here with the Ferrari Enzo and the Ferrari LaFerrari, two of Maranello’s fastest and most powerful supercars. We all know that the LaFerrari traces its lineage to the Enzo, the ultra limited, exotic Ferrari built back in 2003 to showcase what happens when you put Formula One technology into a street-legal car.
A full decade later, the LaFerrari was born and, similar to the Enzo, it became the epitome of Ferrari engineering.
So excuse us if we admit to salivating at the sight and sounds of these two uber hypercars try to one-up each other in engine noise. Don’t worry, we won’t judge any of you if feel the same way.
As always, the best way to enjoy this video is to turn up the volume, sit back, relax, and hit play.
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.
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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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!
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.
So, the 2013 TopSpeed Car of the Year goes to... Read on to find out.
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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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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.
Click past the jump to read more about Ferrari LaFerrari.
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
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.
While is not completely correct to call these "spy shots," we always get pretty excited when we have the chance to bring you some new details on the recently announced Ferrari LaFerrari.
Its true the car made its world debut at the 2013 Geneva Motor Show, but customers will still have to wait a while before getting the chance to actually drive it. So, Ferrari is taking this time to put the car through some testing sessions, and the latest took place on the Nurburgring.
Our spy photographers happened to be at the `Ring and had the chance to snap a few shots of the new LaFerrari. It may look like the supercar is still wearing camouflage, but this is actually just protective foil.
According to the our photographers. the sounds coming from the engine was music to their ears, and it’s too bad that this wonderful noise doesn’t come through in still images.
Click past the jump to read more about the new LaFerrari.
Cristiano Ronaldo’s recent contract extension with Real Madrid essentially turned the soccer superstar into one of the most handsomely paid athletes in the world (he’s reportedly set to earn 17 million euros a year, which is around $23 million based on current exchange rates). So, with all that money at his disposal, nobody was surprised to find out that Ronaldo is spending his money wisely.
That is, if you can describe buying a Ferrari LaFerrari as a "wise" decision.
Ronaldo has long been known as a supercar aficionado, often riding around Madrid with the latest exotic to hit the market. His luck with those rides are a different discussion — he’s had problems with the Ferrari 599 GTB and the Lamborghini Aventador in the past — but nobody can deny his taste for exotics.
As one of the 499 customers on the waiting list for the limited-edition LaFerrari, Ronaldo is poised to score one of the fastest and most powerful cars on the planet. It’s going to cost him $1.3 million, but given that he can earn that amount by the end of the year, it sure won’t be a problem for the Galactico striker to shell out that much money without ruining his gelled-up hair.
YouTube user, Marchettino, managed to shoot another incredible video: he was able to catch not one, but two Ferrari LaFerrari supercars lapping the Fiorano racetrack. In this video, you will see both supercars doing multiple accelerations and raucous downshifts, plus you get to see the rear spoiler in action too.
A hidden gem in the video is that there is one semi-camouflaged LaFerrari that, according to Marchettino, sounded louder than the other one — maybe due to an upgraded exhaust system — so we may be in for a tuned LaFerrari in the future.
As a reminder, the LaFerrari combines a 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, which sprints the car from 0 to 60 mph in less than three seconds and up to a top speed of more than 217 mph.
Ferrari has a lot riding on the LaFerrari supercar. As the brand’s new halo model and the successor to the legendary Enzo, the LaFerrari is being developed with the intention of turning it into one of the most prized hypercars in the market today.
So you can excuse Ferrari for testing its new pride and joy to the limit at its Fiorano test track. It’s highly important for the automaker to ensure that the LaFerrari is in tip-top shape when production finally starts, and episodes like the supercar’s recent brake failure are all par for the course.
It’s still an embarrassing sight to see a LaFerrari conk out during its testing run — that’s probably why the company hastily covered the car in a red cloth to hide its identity — but we all have to understand that Ferrari would much rather see its exotic lose it under its watch than when a buyer angrily calling to tell the company that the LaFerrari was a piece of junk.
It’s a case of having the right perspective in situations like this. So when you see the LaFerrari lose its brake like how this fan managed to capture to it on video, it’s probably something that Ferrari wouldn’t mind seeing so that it can work out all of the supercar’s kinks before sending off all 499 models for the expected million-dollar price tag it will command.
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Fernando Alonso has a pretty cool job. On top of driving for one of the most storied Formula One teams in history and getting paid millions to do so, Alonso also gets the treat of giving some of Ferrari’s newest supercars a personal shakedown.
Not many people will pass on trading jobs with the two-time F1 champ, that much we can tell you.
While Alonso did have a pretty pedestrian showing at the recent Hungarian Grand Prix — he finished fifth after starting fifth — his time in Hungary was hardly a waste, especially after he was given a chance to take the mighty Ferrari LaFerrari out for a spin at the famed Hungaroring in Hungary, the same site of the F1 race held last weekend.
Normally, anybody who gets a chance to drive a supercar of the stature of the LaFerrari would be sweating bullets all over the place, probably even ruining the fine leather interior cabin of the Italian exotic.
But Alonso is considered one of the best drivers in the world for a reason; he makes it all look easy. Probably not as easy as driving the F12berlinetta in the middle of an interview, but easy nonetheless.
Click past the jump to read about the Ferrari LaFerrari
YouTube user BabyloNordschleife is one of the luckiest folks on Earth, as he managed to catch not one, but three LaFerraris on tape. He spotted the first one on an Italian highway between Carpi and Modena, and he caught the other two — on was completely uncovered and the other was almost completely uncovered — inside the Maranello Factory. Judging by the triple-take the engineer working on the LaFerrari outside of the factory gave the cameraman, he certainly did not approve of having the camera pointed Ferrari’s newest supercar.
The only problem with the video is that we only get a few clear clips of the LaFerrari accelerating. Even with the lack of great audio, the video remains fantastic.
As a reminder, the LaFerrari is powered by a HY-KERS system that combines a 6.3 liter V-12 engine with two electric motors for a total output of 963 horsepower — 800 delivered by the V-12 engine and 163 by the electric motors. This system will sprint the car from 0 to 60 mph in less than 3 seconds and up to a top speed of more than 217 mph.
Thanks to Hendrik from the band brainphArt, once again, for the tip!
Yesterday a rather rough-looking LaFerrari prototype was caught testing at the Fiorano racetrack, which was cool in its own right. Today, however, we have a real treat for you in the form of a LaFerrari production prototype that Hendrick from brainphArt caught driving on the open road in Maranello. This marks the first time that a true production prototype of the newest Ferrari has been caught on film.
According to the report from Hendrick, he had an interesting talk with a Ferrari quality control employee just outside of the the Fiorano test track. According to this employee, Ferrari is hard at work on the final version of the LaFerrari, and the model at Museo Ferrari is a rushed-to-production rough draft and not a final production model.
So why is this the first appearance on a public road for the LaFerrari? According to Hendrik’s Ferrari source, there are only three pre-production LaFerrari prototypes in existence: the show car and two camouflaged versions for final testing. Typically, it only sees super-slow tours within the Ferrari campus or runs around Fiorano.
Many thanks to Hendrik from the rock band brainphArt and his girlfriend for the superb video!
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The new LaFerrari supercar made its world debut at the 2013 Geneva Motor Show, but it looks like Ferrari decided to keep quite, as we haven’t heard much else on it since then. Lucky for us, as Ferrari decides to keep secrets, we have YouTube user Marchettino who managed to catch the supercar testing at the famous Fiorano racetrack.
The car caught testing appears to be just a mule, but since we know how the LaFerrari looks, we really don’t mind. What this video offers us is an up-close listen to just how sweet the LaFerrari sounds under accelerations and bot does that V-12 engine sound nothing short of bad-ass.
The LaFerrari is powered by a HY-KERS system that combines a 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 and sprints the supercar up to a top speed of 217 mph.
A real LaFerrari costs €1.3 million (about $1.7 million), which is apparently a bargain for the 1,000 clients who placed orders for the new supercar, but way too much for ordinary people like us. The second problem is that the LaFerrari will be limited to only 499 units, so most of us will never even have the chance to see it on the streets.
Luckily for us, the folks over at BBR have developed a LaFerrari that’s a little closer to our budget. Sure it can’t be driven on the road, as it is just a 1:18 scale model; but even so, it will look mighty fine sitting to your desk.
The 1:18 LaFerrari is priced at €361.18 (about $472) and will be available for order starting June 20th. BBR is also offering a special edition with a gloss-carbon-fiber roof priced at €372.08 ($486). This version will be limited to only 149 units. If the 1:18 scale model is still a little rich for your taste, you can also get a 1:43 scale model in red, Yellow Modena or black for just €157.90 (about $206).
Remember, Father’s day is just around the corner (June 16th) and this would be a great present for any Ferrari fan that can’t quite afford one. You can preorder one through BBR Models’ website.
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Just yesterday we mentioned a rumor suggesting there will be an extreme version of the recently announced LaFerrari supercar. However, Ferrari officials have denied those rumors and reported that we are not going to get something more extreme than the LaFerrari.
According to the Italian company, the man who sparked the rumors, LaFerrari’s chief designer Flavio Manzoni, got the wrong idea. In a recent interview with AutoCar, he reported that there are lots of design elements Ferrari didn’t used in the LaFerrari, but they will be included in future Ferrari models, including in a more extreme version of the model.
However, it looks like such a car is "easily done, but it’s not the case." Meaning that Ferrari has no plans for a model placed above the LaFerrari and such a model is or never was under discussion. So we guess we are not going to get our LaFerrari EVOXX after all! At least that’s what the super-secretive supercar builder claims
Click past the jump to read more about the LaFerrari.
Nothing surprises us anymore when it comes to Ferrari. Its relentless pursuit of building some of the world’s most extreme supercars knows no bounds.
And after Autocar reported that there are plans to build an extreme version of its newest hypercar, the LaFerrari, it all seemed par for the course for the Italian automaker.
With the LaFerrari limited to just 499 units, Ferrari wants to build an even more exclusive version of the 963-horsepower hypercar. That’s what Flavio Manzoni, the LaFerrari’s chief designer, told Autocar. Could this possibly be the LaFerrari EVOXX that we spoke of back in March?
“When we were producing the original design proposals for LaFerrari,” said Manzoni, “there was one proposal that I thought was especially beautiful. So we decided to keep that one back for something truly special in the future.”
That "something truly special" appears to be this mystery hypercar that could pack well north of 1,000 horsepower. Talk about its exclusivity should be one of the most important details of this vehicle; Manzoni estimates that no more than 10 could be built with an estimated price tag of anywhere between £3 million ($4.67 million) and £5 million ($7.78 million).
Click past the jump to read about the Ferrari LaFerrari
The new 2014 LaFerrari is no doubt the most amazing car we have seen this year, as it combines a stunning design language with tons of horsepower under the hood. And when it comes to designing great watches inspired by Ferrari’s design language, the folks over Hublot do an amazing job.
Its latest creation - the MP-05 "LaFerrari" is a wristwatch worthy of its name. Not only because it features a great look, but the new MP-05 watch also scored a new world record by way of a 50-day power reserve.
The watch was designed entirely in parallel with the car, alongside the Ferrari team. It features 637 components for the movement, a Tourbillon and 11 barrels arranged in a line just like a spinal column.
Hublot designed a complex-shaped sapphire crystal reminiscent of the Laferrari’s outline, as well as an open case-back made from black PVD titanium. What is very interesting on the new MP-05 "LaFerrari" watch is the original display: on the right side of the barrels you will see the hour and the minute, and on the left side the power reserve.
The new MP-05 "LaFerrari" will be limited to only 50 units. The price isn’t available online, but you can head to Hublot’s website to find a retailer near you.
Hit the jump to read full MP-05 "LaFerrari" technical details and a promo video for the watch.
The perks of being a Formula One driver appear to be endless. If being privileged to occupy one of the 20, or so, seats in the grid isn’t cool enough, a driver like multiple-time world champion Fernando Alonso certainly has one of the coolest perks of any driver outside of the racetrack.
The lead Ferrari driver gets to take tours of the automaker’s facilities while also being fawned and fought over wherever he goes. It’s a good life, indeed.
But one of the biggest benefits of being a driver on a team like Ferrari is the kind of access you have to some of the company’s biggest projects. Recently, the two-time driver’s champion paid a visit to the company’s facility in Maranello where he met some of Ferrari’s best and brightest engineers.
But the real highlight of Alonso’s visit was the chance to sit behind the wheel of the LaFerrari and take it for a spin around the track. Not a lot of people get to do that and Alonso looks right at home driving that 900-horsepower supercar.
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A few days ago, we brought you a video showing the LaFerrari Concept Manta at the Ferrari Exhibition. Manta and the Tensostruttura concept (shown here) are the two development versions of the new LaFerrari supercar that have been produced in 1-to-1 scale. It’s not that we do not like the two concept cars, but we are very happy Ferrari decided to continue improving its design language until it finally evolved to the masterpiece called LaFerrari.
Overall, Ferrari developed a total of nine different concepts for the LaFerrari before arriving at the final product. It’s a truly a unique opportunity to see this car, since most automotive manufacturers never show the development processes of their vehicles.
Let us know in the comment section below which of the two concepts you like better: Manta or Tensostruttura? We think the second one gets a little bit closer to the final product.
A design masterpiece like the LaFerrari required lots of work and tons of concept versions that never made it to production. The work on the new supercar started years ago and it evolved with each year passing by. The Concept Manta revealed in this video shows how the LaFerrari looked almost two years ago. It has been displayed at the Ferrari Exhibition where YouTube user, Marchettino, already had the chance to be.
He learned that Ferrari has developed nine different concepts for the LaFerrari, but just two have been produced in 1-to-1 scale: this F150 Manta and the LaFerrari of course. We don’t know about you, but we find Manta a pretty interesting concept and LaFerrari would still have been a cool car if its design would have remained in this stage.
Enjoy the video, as this is a truly unique opportunity, since most automotive manufacturers never show the development processes of their vehicles.
Ferrari has described the LaFerrari hypercar as the "maximum expression of excellence" from the Prancing Horse, an assertion that we’re not disagreeing with by any means.
And while Ferrari was beyond successful in unveiling the LaFerrari at the Geneva Motor Show earlier this month, what preceded it was insane amounts of buzz, anticipation and overall anxiousness to see the hypercar live and in person.
It came with leaked photos and spy videos, things that aren’t uncommon in the industry but nonetheless drew frustration from the folks of Ferrari who tried extra hard to conceal the hypercar before its Geneva debut.
Well, the Italian automaker is making up for it with the release of a behind-the-scenes video of the LaFerrari, featuring the hypercar getting filmed for its Geneva debut. How very nice of them.
The video, which lasts for a little over a minute-and-a-half, gives us a look at what happens when an automaker makes all the preparations needed to ensure that such a hotly anticipated debut goes as well as planned. And as always, the car looks absolutely stunning, which everybody will definitely agree on.
For all who wondered throughout months regarding this hypercar, this video will more than make up for all those sleepless nights. Enjoy it the best you can, fellas.
Just a few days ago, we reported that the newLaFerrari supercar will be on display at the Ferrari Museum in Maranello as a part of the "Ferrari Supercar. Technology. Design. Myth" exhibition. Today, the exhibition officially opened its doors and will stay like this until September 30th.
Next to the new LaFerrari supercar, visitors will also be able to admire other great supercars offered by the Italian company, including the 250 GTO, F40, F50, Enzo, GTO Evoluzione, F40 Competizione, 599XX, FXX and many more.
At the same exhibition, visitors will also have the opportunity to learn about the entire process from the car’s initial conception to the final approval, and they will have the opportunity to see two full-scale models showing the car in various stages of its development process.
Until you have the chance to arrive in Maranello, watch this video to get an idea of what the new Ferrari exhibition has to offer.
Those of you who missed the chance to see the new LaFerrari in Geneva will be happy to know that, starting today, the hypercar is on display at the Ferrari Museum in Maranello as a part of the "Ferrari Supercar. Technology. Design. Myth" exhibition.
Next to it, visitors will be able to admire other limited-edition cars that helped establish the Prancing Horse legends, like the 250 GTO, F40, F50, Enzo, GTO Evoluzione, F40 Competizione, 599XX and the FXX.
Along with admiring the cars, visitors will learn about the entire process from the car’s initial conception to the final approval, and they will have the opportunity to see two full-scale models showing the car in various stages of its development process.
You will be able to visit the exhibition until September 30th between the hours of 9.30 a.m. and 6.00 p.m. until May 1st, then the closing hour switches to 7.00 p.m. until the car is taken off of display. Tickets can be booked online atwww.museoferrari.com.
Hit the jump for the press release.
Unveiled at the 2013 Geneva Motor Show, the new LaFerrari is going to hold the front page for many weeks. Today, Ferrari announced that more than one thousand customers placed request for the new supercar, despite its huge price of more than $1 million, which is still unconfirmed.
Still, Ferrari will not build more than 499 units in an attempt to keep it exclusive. The company also announced that the LaFerrari is "an extraordinary car, destined to our collectors," so, if you were planning to buy one, but you don’t have an large number of Prancing Horses in your garage you have to forget about it!
As a reminder, the new LaFerrari uses a hybrid system that delivers a total of 963 horsepower. It sprints from 0 to 60 mph in less than 3 seconds and from 0 to 186 mph in just 15 seconds. Top speed is limited to 217 mph.
To learn more about the new LaFerrari, check its new official web page: http://www.laferrari.com.
Ferrari impressed the world with its new LaFerrari supercar that it unveiled at the Geneva Motor Show. For those of you who didn’t have the chance to be in Geneva, YouTube user, Marchettino, prepared a surprise: a video of the new supercar shot on the show floor.
The video reveals the supercar on both the exterior and the interior, so you will have the chance to admire the amazing design language and the carbon-fiber-wrapped cabin.
As a reminder, the LaFerrari features a hybrid system that combines a 6.3-liter V-12 engine with two electric motors for a total output of 963 horsepower. It goes from 0 to 60 mph in less than 3 seconds and up to a top speed of more than 217 mph.
The problem is that the new LaFerrari will be limited to only 499 units and will be priced at an astonishing €1.3 million (about $1.7 million at the current exchange rates). It has been rumored that most of the units have already been spoken for.
The unveiling of the Ferrari LaFerrari was met with widespread adulation from all over the world, including in Germany where one aftermarket company didn’t waste time releasing a concept rendering of what the LaFerrari would look like if it got its hands on one.
German tuner, DMC, took to Facebook to show its fans its concept rendering of the supercar. It even came up with a name for it: LaQuattro.
Unfortunately, DMC, like everybody else, will likely have to wait before it can get its hands on the LaFerrari. But knowing how the aftermarket brand works and the reputation it has established as one of the best supercar tuners in the world, don’t be surprised if it somehow gets its hands on a LaFerrari soon.
And when it does, this concept rendering of the "LaQuattro" will more than likely be more than just a figment of our imaginations. Here’s to hoping this actually happens.
We’ll update this review once DMC releases the information on the LaQuattro.