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2014 Ferrari LaFerrari

2014 Ferrari LaFerrari
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  • Ferrari LaFerrari
  • Year:
    2014
  • Make:
  • Model:
  • Model:
  • Engine:
    V12
  • Transmission:
    Dual-Clutch Seven-Speed
  • Horsepower @ RPM:
    963
  • Torque @ RPM:
    663
  • Displacement:
    6.3 L
  • 0-60 time:
    3 sec. (Est.)
  • Top Speed:
    217 mph
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Launched as a successor to the Ferrari Enzo, the Ferrari LaFerrari was designed with a language that, according to the design team led by Flavio Manzoni, is the perfect combination of form and function. It combines F1-inspired aerodynamics and plenty of sharp character lines to bring together one of the wildest production cars from Ferrari. On the inside, the LaFerrari got a newly-designed steering wheel that is more square than it is round, and an overall interior design that screams track-only but offers plenty of comfort two. The biggest news is what makes this red rocket go. The new LaFerrari is the first car from the brand to use a hybrid drive system. Known as the HY-KERS system, it has a 6.3-liter V-12 and two electric motors. Total output is 963 horsepower (800 from the ICE and 163 from the electric motors) and more than 663 pound-feet of torque. To help keep everything kosher on the road, the suspension system has been designed specifically for the car, and Brembo brakes are in place to bring this puppy to a stop.

Ferrari went above and beyond with the LaFerrari, with the exception of the name, but don’t even get me started on that one. Outside of the name, however, Ferrari is bringing a heavy hitter to a supercar market that is now going hybrid. It is slated to compete against models like the wild McLaren P1 and the Porsche 918 Spyder – both of which have plenty of hybrid DNA in their genes. So, what separates the goofy-named LaFerrari from the pack of hybrid heavy hitters? Check out our full review below and you’ll find out that and more.

Updated 08/22/2016: Ferrari brought a satin black 2014 LaFerrari at the 2016 Mecum Auctions sale during Monterey Car Week, where it was auction for the record price of $4.7 million. Check the picture gallery for a new set of images taken during the auction.

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The 10 Best Ferraris Of All Time

The 10 Best Ferraris Of All Time

From classics to current exotics, Maranello has a long and rich history of performance car excellence

Picking the ten best Ferraris of all time is not an easy exercise, but somebody had to do it. Sports cars don’t come finer than those with a Prancing Horse badge, and in the 70 years that it has been around, Ferrari has built some of the finest and most desirable performance cars in the history of the industry. A lot of Ferrari models have climbed the ladder to iconic status, and even some of today’s models are on their way there, too. It took a lot of work — and arguments — but we managed to narrow down our choices for the ten best Ferraris of all time.

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Wallpaper of the Day: 2015 Ferrari FXX K

Wallpaper of the Day: 2015 Ferrari FXX K

The Ferrari FXX K may be based on the Ferrari LaFerrari, but its roots go all the way back to the late 1980s when Ferrari made a track-only beast out of the F40 LM. Then in 2005, the XX nomenclature came back with the Enzo-based FXX. Ferrari succeeded that model with the 599XX before the turn of 2010. It didn’t take long after the debut of the Ferrari LaFerrari for the rumors to begin swirling about a new track-only XX model and sure enough, Ferrari delivered with the FXX K, a V-12 powered track monster with 1050 horsepower and 663 pound-feet of torque on tap and a desire to decimate anything on any track anywhere. It offered a 60-mph sprint in less than three seconds and a top speed that approached 220 mph. To top it off, it was excessively exclusive, being offered to only the best and most loyal Ferrari customers in very limited numbers. It came with its own racing program and its own exclusive racing series too. With that in mind, it shouldn’t surprise you that the estimated price tag was pegged at the $1.5 million mark, clearly before any extras or taxes.

Of course, one would consider themselves lucky even being in the presence of one let alone owning or driving one. Obviously, if you did own one, you wouldn’t be reading this – you’d probably be at the track. I know I would be, anyway. On the plus side, however, the digital world affords us some extra luxury, and that’s why we’ve hand-picked our favorite Ferrari FXX K wallpaper. And, if you don’t like our pick, there’s a small gallery at the bottom with more options. Go ahead; you deserve to place this beauty on your desktop.

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Video of the Day: Chris Harris Drives the LaFerrari FXX K

Video of the Day: Chris Harris Drives the LaFerrari FXX K

We should all be so lucky

Even if you’re not a fan of Ferrari, or even the LaFerrari name, you can still appreciate how special the FXX K really is. It was based on the LaFerrari, road-going supercar but it was designed specifically for the track. Such a billing made it lighter, more aerodynamic, and – without a doubt – quicker. What made it even more special, however, is that only a few select and well-established Ferrari customers were afforded the privilege of owning one. It even came as part of its own exclusive racing series that took part on Formula One tracks all over the globe. If that’s not enough to make it special, maybe it’s that powerful V-12 that’s good for 1,050 horsepower and 663 pound-feet of torque. Still don’t think it’s special, then maybe it’s sub-three-second sprint to 60 mph, or the 215+ mph top speed will do it for you? Or, maybe you’re in love with the price tag. If that’s the case, then it’s really special because this limited-edition track car was said to be sold for at least $1.5 million!

At this point, I think you get the picture, and now you’ll understand why we’re drooling a bit over the fact that Chris Harris got a chance to get behind the wheel of one. We should all be so lucky, really, but unless you’re one of the 0.001 percent, then this video is probably as close as you’ll come. Quit wasting time and check it out already!

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Would You Pay $365,000 For A 6.3-Liter V-12 Out Of A LaFerrari?

Would You Pay $365,000 For A 6.3-Liter V-12 Out Of A LaFerrari?

Who doesn’t love a good engine swap?

As we all know by now, the Ferrari LaFerrari is an incredible beast of a machine, capable of doling out illegal levels of speed in the blink of an eye thanks to its high-tech powertrain. Now, someone is selling the beating heart of a LaFerrari on eBay.

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Seven Modern Cars With A Retro Twist

Seven Modern Cars With A Retro Twist

Which ones do you like? Which ones do you not like?

The evolution in car design is one of the biggest identifiers into how far the auto industry has come in the last 50 years. Classic designs from years-gone-by have given way to modern designs that sit on the shoulders of cutting-edge technology. There’s no going around how things have changed in the industry, but what if there was a way to mesh the classic designs of yesteryear with today’s design language? Would the results be something you’d be interested in? Would you cringe and run away from them as fast as possible?

Fortunately, we won’t have to imagine what those cars would look like. Marketing agency NeoMam Studios prepared a few renderings of these cars, which we’re going to show below. There are seven renderings in total, with each car getting an injection of old-school design touches. Not everything worked out as well I’d hope, but you might have different reactions altogether. Let us know in the comments section below how you feel about the renderings.

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Click Mechanic Renders 7 Utterly Bizarre Car Mashups

Click Mechanic Renders 7 Utterly Bizarre Car Mashups

Hold on to your butts, things are about to get weird

Halloween may have come and gone, but it’s never too late to explore the weird, the bizarre, and the downright frightening things that go bump in the night. If you’ve got the nerve, then we challenge you to look through these utterly profane vehicle renderings, courtesy of the good folks from Click Mechanic. Truth be told, no one is safe from the following strange creations – hybrids, muscle cars, imports, supercars, trucks, and even tractors get tossed into the blender with these seven unholy car mashups.

Call it madness, call it lunacy, call it outlandish… truth be told, we simply can’t look away! Hell, we’d actually argue that some of these creations are a bit, well, awesome (no, seriously). Either way, this is what happens when you give rendering artists free reign to mix and match from across the automotive spectrum. Naturally, we wanna know – which is these shocking mashups stands out the most to you? Let us know in the comments!

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Here's A Good Way To Spend $7.3 Million

Here’s A Good Way To Spend $7.3 Million

You’ll probably have to pay more to have this Ferrari LaFerrari Aperta shipped to the US

Off the top of my head, I can literally think of hundreds of different ways to spend $7.3 million. I could be smart and prudent with it and save most of it. I could splurge on a few excess items, feel good about myself, and then call it a day. Or I could drop every last penny of it on one item. If that last option is what I’m going for, I can’t think of anything better to spend it on than what an exotic car dealership in Dubai is selling: a Ferrari LaFerrari Aperta.

Granted, the LaFerrari Aperta’s $7.3 million price tag is incredibly steep and is more than double the price - roughly $3 million - that Ferrari was asking for it. Then again, there are only 210 models of the LaFerrari Aperta in the world and the last production model - #210 - actually sold for almost $10 million a few weeks ago. This LaFerrari Aperta may not sell for that amount - it may not even sell for the dealership’s $7.3 million asking price - but it does have a pretty unique story to tell itself. For one, it’s been tagged as “used,” but it has zero miles under its belt. A likely explanation for that weird quirk is that this LaFerrari Aperta actually belonged to somebody else before the dealership scooped it up and stuck the exorbitant price tag on its windshield. History notwithstanding, it’s still pretty difficult to imagine somebody forking over that much money on a supercar, no matter how exclusive it is. Then again, I’m the same guy that just said I wouldn’t mind paying the dealership’s asking price just so I have the chance to tell everyone that I own one. Good thing I don’t have that kind of money, then, because I might have actually spent all of it on this car.

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The Ferrari LaFerarri Aperta #210 Did Sell For Almost $10 Million

The Ferrari LaFerarri Aperta #210 Did Sell For Almost $10 Million

It’s now one of the most expensive Ferrari models of all time

The Ferrari LaFerrari Aperta #210 didn’t sell for €8.32 million ($10 million) as I predicted, but it might as well have after fetching a winning bid of €8.3 million ($9.98 million) in RM Sotheby’s “Legend e Passione” auction at Ferrari’s Fiorano race track as part of the automaker’s 70th anniversary celebration. The total amount bid for the LaFerrari Aperta is made more impressive by the fact that it surpassed the winning bid ($7 million) for the LaFerrari #500, a similar last-second creation that was auctioned off $7 million to benefit victims of the Italy earthquake in 2016.

As has been mentioned before, proceeds of the auction for the LaFerrari Aperta #210 will also go to a good cause, specifically to the “Save the Children” charity. Beyond the obvious significance of the money going to charity, the auction price of the LaFerrari Aperta #210 puts to rest any lingering doubts of the convertible hypercar’s appeal among Ferrari collectors. The truth painted a far different picture, establishing the LaFerrari Aperta as a modern-day classic that financially-endowed Ferrari collectors were more than willing to pay way over its supposed market value. It not only sold for almost four times the actual price of a “standard” LaFerrari Aperta but the price it did go for immediately shot the convertible hypercar up the rankings as one of the most expensive Ferraris in the world. Not too bad for a car that wasn’t supposed to exist in the first place.

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2017 Ferrari LaFerrari Aperta #210

2017 Ferrari LaFerrari Aperta #210

Could this be the hypercar that sells for $10 million?

The last Ferrari Laferrari Aperta is headed to the auction block this weekend. That alone should be enough to warrant headlines, but as most of you already know, the auction-bound LaFerrari Aperta is special in its own right. This unit isn’t supposed to exist in the first place. This is the 210th LaFerrari Aperta, a last-second creation by Maranello that isn’t a part of the initial lot of 209 units that the automaker planned to launch but was nonetheless built as an auction piece to benefit the “Save the Children” charity.

The auction is set to take place at Ferrari’s Fiorano track and is part of RM Sotheby’s “Legend e Passione” event being held as part of the Italian automaker’s 50th anniversary. Befitting the event on September 9, Ferrari gave the LaFerrari Aperta a unique look no other model of its kind had when they all came out of production. These features firmly establish the 210th model as a legitimate one-of-a-kind LaFerrari Aperta, the kind of car that Ferrari collectors will trip over themselves to get a hold of. It’s no surprise then that neither Ferrari nor RM Sotheby’s has released an estimate for the car. Considering that the 500th LaFerrari – the precursor of the 210th LaFerrari Aperta – fetched $7 million in a similar auction setting last year, the sky really is the limit as to how much the 210th LaFerrari Aperta is going to sell for this weekend.

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Ferrari Isn't Done Building LaFerrari Apertas

Ferrari Isn’t Done Building LaFerrari Apertas

A 210th model is set to be auctioned off at the RM Sotheby’s auction on September 9

If any of you missed out on scoring any one of the 209 Ferrari LaFerrari Apertas, fret not because the Prancing Horse is building a 210th model. The only catch is that you might have to pay more than the reported price of $4 million for the roadster version of the LaFerrari. See, unlike the first 209 models, the 210th LaFerrari Aperta will be auctioned off at RM Sotheby’s auction on September 9 to benefit a yet-to-be-named charity.

The decision to add another LaFerrari Aperta to the mix comes in the wake of a similar move by Ferrari to build a final production LaFerrari – the 500th model – to help raise funds for the National Italian American Foundation’s Earthquake Relief Fund back in December 2016. That auction took place to help victims of a deadly earthquake that floored Central Italy last September. With the LaFerrari Aperta actually being a rarer model than its hardtop counterpart, there are expectations that the car will sell for a much higher price than the $7 million somebody paid for the 500th LaFerrari. Still, RM Sotheby’s is keeping a conservative estimate on the car, even going so far as to peg its sale at a price between $3.5 million to $4.7 million, or right around the same amount that all 209 standard production models cost. Regardless of how much it goes for, the mere fact that there’s another one up for grabs should be enough to invite a bidding frenzy. At the very least, those who felt they got the short end of the stick when the car was launched will now have the opportunity to get their hands on one.

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Watch a $7 million dollar LaFerrari used as lawnmover

Watch a $7 million dollar LaFerrari used as lawnmover

We guess this executive demo will have a fair discount on the dealer showroom - or not!

I don’t claim to be an expert in the driving habits of other people, but I do think that I’m speaking for a good segment of the population when I say that owning a Ferrari LaFerrari Aperta comes with it a number of important responsibilities. Taking good care of the rare supercar is obviously priority number one. Driving it responsibly is also important to remember when you have a car as fast, powerful, and expensive as this one. Driving it over a freshly mowed lawn, though? I don’t think the LaFerrari Aperta is meant to be driven on that surface, but who am I to tell one owner of the hypercar where he can drive his prized exotic.

His actions do make for an entertaining four-minute video, that much I’ll give him. Not only does he decide to pay no mind to the manicured lawn at the Heveningham Concours d’Elegance in Suffolk, England, he even goes so far as to drift on it, do short acceleration bursts, and perform donuts, much to the delight of the crowd who were there to see the spectacle. I will admit that if I was there, I’d probably be cheering with the rest of the people, but seeing it in video form does make me wonder if the owner is merely showboating or has very little regard for his super expensive Ferrari. I’d like to think that it’s the former, but if I wouldn’t be surprised if it’s a combination of the two.

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Gaze Upon The Shiniest LaFerrari Aperta In An Incredible Garage: Video

Gaze Upon The Shiniest LaFerrari Aperta In An Incredible Garage: Video

The Rosso Corsa paint is a nice complement to the wood floors…

In 2013, Maranello dropped the LaFerrari as Italy’s bid in the hybrid hypercar segment, taking on such heavy hitters as the McLaren P1 and Porsche 918 Spyder for top-dollar electrified performance glory. But something was missing, specifically unlimited headroom and a healthy dose of blue sky. Enter the even-more-exclusive LaFerrari Aperta. All told, the Aperta is quite the machine, and definitely worthy of your lust and admiration, especially when on display in a garage like this.

Hit play, and this 3-minute, 11-second video will take you through one of the more interesting garages we’ve seen in quite some time. It looks closer to a mansion’s library than the traditionally anti-septic parking spots we’re used to seeing such machines occupy, with wood floors and cabinets and carved statues of lions, not to mention plenty of prancing horses on the walls. However, rather than antique furniture, the floor itself is packed with sports cars, including standouts like the Dodge Viper, Ferrari 599,Porsche 911 R, and Dodge Hellcat. However, without a doubt, the crown jewel is the LaFerrari Aperta, set on a rotating base to display every angle and cut to drooling onlookers. The video includes lovely high-def shots of the Aperta, taken while a team of auto detailers lovingly buff and shine the various panels to a gleaming finish, all set to an epic soundtrack. There’s no engine noises or driving action, but if you like lusting after gorgeous exotics, this video is a guaranteed winner.

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Ferrari Employees Are Apparently Not Allowed To Own Ferraris

Ferrari Employees Are Apparently Not Allowed To Own Ferraris

The only exception are F1 drivers and even they have to pay full price

Just in case it wasn’t clear before, it certainly is now. Ferraris are some of the most sought-after cars in the business today. In fact, employees of Maranello typically aren’t allowed to have their own brand-new Ferraris. The only exception? Formula One drivers, and even they have to pay the full freight costs for their cars. That’s the gospel according to Chief Marketing and Commercial Officer Enrico Galliera, who is often referred to within Maranello as the notorious “Dr. No.”

Galliera’s job with Ferrari is a complicated one that involves numerous roles. But what he’s famously known for is his distinction of being the man who decides which person deserves to own a limited-edition Ferrari. In his conversation with Drive, Galliera explained that certain aspects of his job are made difficult by the fact that not everybody can own a Ferrari model even if these people deserve it. “We have much higher demand than the availability,” he explained. “What we do is identify criteria that is rewarding good customers. The limited edition cars we consider a gift to our best customers." Indeed, these so-called “gifts” come in the form of low-volume supercars that Ferrari clients are more than likely to fight for. The most recent example is the LaFerrari Aperta, the convertible version of the LaFerrari hypercar. Galliera said the most difficult part of is job is rejecting established Ferrari customers, some of whom have been loyal fans of the brand. That tells you how strict Galliera and Ferrari are considering that Lee already has more than a dozen Ferraris to his name, including four new ones he ordered just to improve his rating with the company.

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2021 Ferrari LaFerrari Successor

2021 Ferrari LaFerrari Successor

Say hello to Maranello’s very first all-electric monster machine

Blasphemy. That’s probably the first thought of any purist considering the creation of an all-electric Ferrari. Blasphemy and sacrilege. FCA head Sergio Marchionne would agree. In 2016, at the Geneva International Auto Show, the CEO remarked that the idea of an all-electric Ferrari was “an almost obscene concept.” Later that year, at the Paris Auto Show, Ferrari’s Chief Technical Officer, Michael Leiters, echoed Marchionne’s sentiment, albeit in slightly softer terms. “We would not follow to develop a fully electric car,” Leiters said, adding, “We are convinced that it’s right to have a hybrid car because, for us, the sound is a very crucially important characteristic of a Ferrari, and our customers want to have this.” Fair enough. Thing is, even a flat-out rejection isn’t enough to stop a possible EV Ferrari. Let me explain.

First off, the sound. The howl of internal combustion is as important to the Ferrari brand as red paint, and we get that. This is a company lives and dies by its engines. The thing is Ferrari is already testing the waters – turbocharged models have been around for decades now, and electrification is integral to the performance of the “ultimate” LaFerrari hypercar. What’s more, Sergio Marchionne has already discussed the possibility of entering Formula E. Throw in continued EV development from competitors like Porsche and McLaren, and relevancy starts to become an issue. Finally, there’s that old Enzo Ferrari quote: “Aerodynamics are for people who can’t build engines.” The point is this – never say never.

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Even Noted Ferrari Owners Aren't Immune To Getting Shut Down By Maranello

Even Noted Ferrari Owners Aren’t Immune To Getting Shut Down By Maranello

California-based Ferrari collector get stiffed on owning a Ferrari LaFerrari Aperta

Ferrari is known for being a purveyor of some of the finest performance cars the world has ever seen. That much is true. It’s also known for being particularly picky to whom it sells, particularly those limited-edition versions with a specific numbered quantity. Not everyone can get their hands on one, even if they distinguish themselves for being hardcore supporters of the Italian brand. The late Preston Henn found that out first hand when he was denied a Ferrari LaFerrari Aperta last year. Now, noted watch and jewelry entrepreneur David Lee has found himself in that list too… for the exact same reason.

Yes, Ferrari is shutting the door on the possibility of Lee ever scooping up any one of the 209 LaFerrari Apertas the Italian automaker plans to build. According to the LA Times, Maranello won’t give the exact reason why it’s giving the cold shoulder to one of its most esteemed collectors, but Lee himself sees it as a possible punishment for all his perceived grand-standing on social media. The man is known to have social media accounts that prominently feature his Ferraris. He might say it as helping the company get more exposure than it already has, but for an automaker that prides itself on being far removed from all the flashy self-promotion that has inundated social media these days, Lee’s constant habit of flaunting off his Prancing Horse models (he even owns one of Michael Schumacher’s Formula One\ cars from the 2002 season) likely runs counter to what the Italian automaker stands for.

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TopSpeed's Top 5 Hybrid Sports Cars

TopSpeed’s Top 5 Hybrid Sports Cars

Going green never went so quick

Ready or not, the hybrids are coming. Scratch that. They’re already here, and their numbers are steadily increasing. But fear not, brave auto enthusiast, the ever-increasing popularity of the hybrid powertrain isn’t going to diminish your fun behind the wheel. In fact, the addition of electric assistance might actually increase the smile factor of the modern sports car. Despite rampant speculation and fear mongering over the Prius-ification of the performance segment, hybrid powertrains can add mph in addition to mpg. To prove as much, here are five of the best examples of exactly that.

Of course, you won’t be able to get one of these machines for cheap, as adding a performance hybrid system to the powertrain also adds quite a few dollars to the bottom line. But that’s to be expected when dealing with top-of-the-line technology, especially tech born and bred for the racetrack. Eventually, we’ll see this stuff trickle down to more accessible models, but for now, hybrid sports cars occupy the top of the pyramid. Tell us which model you want in your garage, and if we missed something we shouldn’t have, by posting in the comments.

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Get your Checkbooks Ready If You Want This Ferrari LaFerrari Aperta

Get your Checkbooks Ready If You Want This Ferrari LaFerrari Aperta

A Dubai-based dealership is asking over $7 million for it

When in the position of affording the finer things in life, the scope of what counts as a financial splurge widens. Sometimes, you don’t even think of how much something costs; you just go ahead and buy it. Well, consider what a $7.3-million Ferrari LaFerrari Aperta feels like and ask yourself if it’s worth the money. If it is, then you better contact the Dubai-based dealership that’s selling the drop-top version of the LaFerrari.

The listing is posted on James Edition and the actual price for the car is around 27 million dirhams, or roughly around $7.35 million. Not only does that equate to a barrel full of pretty pennies, it’s also well over three times the actual price of the hypercar when Ferrari sold it to its loyal and esteemed clientele. The posting doesn’t exactly show the actual LaFerrari Aperta on sale, but it did say that the car has a red body finish – possibly Ferrari’s iconic Marlboro Red color – and a black interior. It also says that the car is located in Dubai and has no mileage whatsoever, meaning that it’s completely brand new. Whether these qualities about the car are enough to convince someone to spend that kind of money is going to be interesting to keep any eye out for. If it does end up finding a buyer, you can be sure that it’s going to set a quick path for the LaFerrari Aperta to become a collector’s piece.

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This Supercar Brand Is Gearing Up For A Return To The Hypercar Arena

This Supercar Brand Is Gearing Up For A Return To The Hypercar Arena

Development could start in 2018 with an eye towards a launch between 2020 and 2022

All the talk about the new wave of hypercars is getting a lot of people really excited. I know I get almost teary-eyed with anticipation just waiting for Aston Martin, Mercedes-AMG, and McLaren to drop the mother-load with their respective machines. But in the midst of all the hype these cars are deservedly getting, it’s important not to get twisted into thinking that a company like Ferrari is going to just sit on the sidelines now that it’s given us the LaFerrari. The Prancing Horse may be in stables now, but it’s about ready to gallop once more now that Ferrari’s chief technology officer Michael Leiters confirmed that a replacement to the LaFerrari is coming. It’s not a question of “if” anymore; it’s a question of “when.”

Speaking with Autocar, Leiters revealed that the successor to the LaFerrari has a launch timetable of about three to five years, meaning that we can see it as early as 2021 or as late as 2023. The Ferrari exec also mentioned the company’s goal moving forward is to have a clear blueprint on how it wants to develop its next hypercar. The development of that innovation and technological “roadmap” is the key that can unlock its plans for a LaFerrari successor and according to Leiters, that roadmap is expected to be finished by the end of the year. If all goes to plan, the clock for the LaFerrari successor effectively starts in 2018.

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New Ferrari Patents Point To An Upcoming Supercar

New Ferrari Patents Point To An Upcoming Supercar

Could be another Special Projects vehicle that’s tied into Ferrari’s 70th anniversary?

Patent and trademark filings are usually dipped in semblances of curiosity for both the potential they offer and disappointments that can come when they don’t come to pass. All of that means little when you’re talking about a company like Ferrari that’s known for following through on the patents it files, at least in one form or another.

That’s a big reason why these new patent design the Italian automaker reportedly filed with the European Union Intellectual Property Office back in August 2016 makes for an intriguing evidence of a new Ferrari that could be released this year. After all, the Prancing Horse is celebrating its 70th anniversary in 2017 and the company has made it clear that it’s got big plans in store for its seventh decade of existence.

The patent itself doesn’t reveal much regarding details, but it does mention the design of the car was penned by no less than Flavio Manzoni, Ferrari’s head of design. That’s an obvious indicator of this patent being Ferraris. Then there’s the design of the car itself, which looks to be based largely on the Ferrari LaFerrari. Sure, there are some differences in styling between this design and the sold out hybrid supercar – the headlights, the side profile, and the rear section, among them – but the overarching proportions are definitely there to warrant a legitimate comparison between the two models.

So does this patent point to a special edition version of the Ferrari LaFerrari? If it is, the money would be on this model being a part of Ferrari’s Special Projects division, which itself has been busy releasing recent beauties like the Ferrari J50 and the SP275 RW Competizione. Considering the unique position that Ferrari is in this year, don’t put it past the Italian automaker to have a surprise in store with this new patent design.

The only thing we can be sure of is that this car, if it ends up being included in the Italian automaker’s 70th anniversary celebrations, will show its face at some point this year. That, in itself, should get you excited about this patent.

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Would You Pay $7 Million For A Ferrari LaFerrari That Wasn't Supposed To Exist?

Would You Pay $7 Million For A Ferrari LaFerrari That Wasn’t Supposed To Exist?

That’s what the 500th production model of Maranello’s hypercar fetched at a charity auction

It’s a fairly straight-forward question to ask, especially if you’re aware that a “standard” Ferrari LaFerrari costs “only” $1.4 million. Regardless of your willingness (or apprehension), some deep-pocketed fellow evidently didn’t mind shelling out $7 million for a car that Maranello built to raise funds for the victims of the deadly earthquake that rocked Central Italy back in September 2016.

The highly anticipated auction for the 500th LaFerrari took place during the Ferrari Finali Mondialia event at the Daytona International Speedway in Daytona Beach, Florida and as far as hype goes, the bidding war for the one and only LaFerrari model that can lay claim to not being part of Ferrari’s initial 499-unit production run for the hypercar was chalk full of drama.

The auction for the hypercar was handled by RM Sotheby’s and bidding took well over 10 minutes as people desperately tried to squeeze out as much of their allocated funds for the car as they could into their bids. The fact that the auction was also open to phone and absentee bids also added to the collective drama on who would end up with the sought-after hypercar. When the dust settled, the $7 million bid for the 500th LaFerrari was more than enough to hold off the competitive field, and in doing so became the most expensive 21st-century-produced vehicle in history.

Not surprisingly, Ferrari didn’t divulge the identity of the winning bidder. Not that it should, especially if the proud, new owner of the 500th LaFerrari wants to enjoy his new prized hypercar in private. The good news is that the $7 million he’s now on the hook for the limited edition LaFerrari will go to a cause that’s going to make a lot of people’s holiday season a little bit better.

Here’s to hoping that everyone, Ferrari included, got what they wanted from this record-setting auction.

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Prepare Your Checkbooks If You Want To Get The Final Production Ferrari LaFerrari

Prepare Your Checkbooks If You Want To Get The Final Production Ferrari LaFerrari

Auction will be held on Dec 3 in Daytona, Florida

Ferrari CEO Sergio Marchionne announced last September that the Italian automaker was building a 500th example of the Ferrari LaFerrari that would eventually be auctioned off to benefit the victims of the massive earthquake that devastated Central Italy. No details were given then on the when and where of the auction, but now, the information’s out.

The 500th and last production Ferrari LaFerrari will auctioned off by RM Sotheby’s on December 3 during the Ferrari Finali Mondialia event at the Daytona International Speedway in Daytona Beach, Florida. The event is being organized by the auction house, in partnership with the National Italian American Foundation’s Earthquake Relief Fund.

Is now the time to remind all of you to prepare those checkbooks? I can’t be certain, but seeing as this particular LaFerrari will go down in Ferrari history as the “LaFerrari that wasn’t supposed to exist,” it’s going to fetch a lot of money from collectors looking to score one of the most famous LaFerraris in the model’s entire lineup.

In addition to being the fastest and most powerful Ferrari in history, the LaFerrari is historic for a number of other reasons, not the least of which is its status as the first Ferrari to utilize a hybrid powertrain. That status is afforded to all 500 LaFerraris, but only one can lay claim to not being part of the automaker’s planned first production run.

That one Ferrari LaFerrari will go under the hammer this Saturday in Daytona Beach, Florida. Here’s what I do know: don’t expect this LaFerrari to be sold for the price of any of the “standard” models. Nope. $1.3 million may have gotten you any of the 499 LaFerrari models before it, but seeing as this is the 500th production model, don’t expect it to fetch for anything less than $2 million, and that may even be a conservative estimate.

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2017 Ferrari LaFerrari Aperta

2017 Ferrari LaFerrari Aperta

Maranello’s quickest supercar yet loses its roof

The Ferrari LaFerrari made its first public appearance at the 2013 Geneva Motor Show, taking center stage in spite of massive competition from the McLaren P1 and the Lamborghini Veneno. Not only the fastest road-legal supercar to come out of Maranello, the LaFerrari is also the first Ferrari to carry a hybrid powertrain. Developed as a successor to the almighty Enzo and the F50, the LaFerrari is the first Ferrari not to be designed by Pininfarina since 1973.

Built in just 499 units and priced from $1.7 million, the LaFerrari became an instant hit with deep-pocketed enthusiasts, who rushed to pay the hefty sticker and help Ferrari close order books in a matter of months. Although both the standard supercar and the highly exclusive, track-only FXX K are already sold out, the LeFerrari saga continues in 2017 with a convertible version.

Rumors about a LaFerrari convertible have been flying around since 2014, when we rendered the model based on the coupe version. Come 2016 and Ferrari CEO Sergio Marchionne finally confirmed that a drop-top model is in the works. In July 2016, Maranello unleashed the first official photos of the Laferrari Aperta, while the Paris Motor Show hosted to supercar’s public debut.

Updated 11/11/2016: Ferrari dropped a very cool promo video for the LaFerrari Aperta with Formula 1 driver, Sebastian Vettel behind the wheel.

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Ferrari LaFerrari Aperta Has Sold Out

Ferrari LaFerrari Aperta Has Sold Out

All 200 available units for the public are spoken for

Before everything else, it’s important to finally call it the way Ferrari wants us to call it. It’s the Ferrari LaFerrari Aperta, not the LaFerrari Spider. Okay, now that we’ve gotten that out of the way, the big news is that the LaFerrari Aperta is sold out. All gone. All 200 units earmarked for the public.

The revelation was made at the 2016 Paris Motor Show to the shock of absolutely no one. For now, only nine units are unaccounted for and all nine are still with Ferrari. That’s because those nine units will be used as part of Ferrari’s 70th anniversary. This ties up to a past report that the company plans to build 350 unique special editions as part of its momentous celebration.

In any event, don’t expect any Ferrari LaFerrari Apertas to appear in the classifieds anytime soon. All available units are gone, and we’re left with the bitter realization that the closest we’ll get to driving one is in the virtual world.

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Ferrari To Build Final Edition LaFerrari To Aid Victims In Italy Earthquake

Ferrari To Build Final Edition LaFerrari To Aid Victims In Italy Earthquake

500th LaFerrari could fetch more than the hy[p

The Ferrari LaFerrari’s total production count will push to exactly 500 units after the Italian automaker announced plans to build a final unit of the hypercar in response to the recent earthquake that devastated Central Italy on August 24.

Ferrari chairman and CEO Sergio Marchionne made the announcement in the company’s headquarters in Maranello. According to Marchionne, the final example of the LaFerrari will be auctioned off at an unspecified time and place. The proceeds from that auction will go directly towards assisting the victims of the 6.2-magnitude earthquake, which killed close to 250 people.

Details about the “final edition” LaFerrari are still being kept under wraps, but for the most part, expect it to carry the same features as the 499 units before it, including the hybrid powertrain that puts out 963 horsepower and 663 pound-feet of torque. A few identifiers could also be put in place to signify its uniqueness, although given the significance of such a model, Ferrari could auction off the 500th LaFerrari in stock form and it still would sell a lot more than the car’s $1.3 million price tag.

There is a precedent for that belief. Something similar occurred last decade when the Italian automaker built a 400th unit of the Ferrari Enzo for Pope John Paul II back in 2005. Instead of taking delivery of the car, the then-pontiff and now Saint John Paul the Great, opted to auction off the special edition Enzo to benefit victims of the tsunami that rocked South Asia in 2004. The winner ended up paying more than $1 million for the car, which has since been auctioned off again, most recently in Mexico in 2015 where it fetched $6.05 million.

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2014 Ferrari LaFerrari

2014 Ferrari LaFerrari

Launched as a successor to the Ferrari Enzo, the Ferrari LaFerrari was designed with a language that, according to the design team led by Flavio Manzoni, is the perfect combination of form and function. It combines F1-inspired aerodynamics and plenty of sharp character lines to bring together one of the wildest production cars from Ferrari. On the inside, the LaFerrari got a newly-designed steering wheel that is more square than it is round, and an overall interior design that screams track-only but offers plenty of comfort two. The biggest news is what makes this red rocket go. The new LaFerrari is the first car from the brand to use a hybrid drive system. Known as the HY-KERS system, it has a 6.3-liter V-12 and two electric motors. Total output is 963 horsepower (800 from the ICE and 163 from the electric motors) and more than 663 pound-feet of torque. To help keep everything kosher on the road, the suspension system has been designed specifically for the car, and Brembo brakes are in place to bring this puppy to a stop.

Ferrari went above and beyond with the LaFerrari, with the exception of the name, but don’t even get me started on that one. Outside of the name, however, Ferrari is bringing a heavy hitter to a supercar market that is now going hybrid. It is slated to compete against models like the wild McLaren P1 and the Porsche 918 Spyder – both of which have plenty of hybrid DNA in their genes. So, what separates the goofy-named LaFerrari from the pack of hybrid heavy hitters? Check out our full review below and you’ll find out that and more.

Updated 08/22/2016: Ferrari brought a satin black 2014 LaFerrari at the 2016 Mecum Auctions sale during Monterey Car Week, where it was auction for the record price of $4.7 million. Check the picture gallery for a new set of images taken during the auction.

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This Little-Known Electric Hypercar Just Beat The Ferrari LaFerrari In A Quarter-Mile Sprint: Video

This Little-Known Electric Hypercar Just Beat The Ferrari LaFerrari In A Quarter-Mile Sprint: Video

The Rimac Concept One is a legitimate terror on four electric-powered wheels

The Ferrari LaFerrari may be considered one of the top hybrid hypercars in the market today, but even Ferrari’s current 963-horsepower crown jewel is not immune to getting humbled once in awhile. The latest to put the LaFerrari in its place is the Rimac Concept One, a Croation electric supercar that packs an astonishing 1,072 horsepower and 1,180 pound-feet of torque from no less than four electric motors, each with its own gearbox.

Recently, the folks from Archie Hamilton Racing lined up the Concept One hypercar against the LaFerrari and the Tesla Model S to see how it would fair against the two models, first in a torque-filled launch off the block and then in a sprint to a quarter-mile. The Model S with Ludicrous Mode went first and it just wasn’t much of a contest as the Concept One quickly left it in behind. As awesome as the Tesla S, it’s just not on the same performance level as the Concept One, and that’s already taking into account the Tesla’s 0-to-60-mph time of 2.8 seconds.

Then it was the LaFerrari’s turn, in which case the result turned out to be the same. The Ferrari put up a better fight than the Tesla, but ultimately, the Concept One pulled away comfortably, validating the electric hypercar’s 0-to-60-mph time of 2.6 seconds and 221-mph top speed.

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2016 Mecum Monterey Auction – Preview

2016 Mecum Monterey Auction – Preview

A little bit of everything, for the right price

Mecum Auctions has been involved with collector cars for almost three decades now, growing from a small family business to selling roughly 20,000 lots per year. In addition to top-dollar automobiles, Mecum also offers vintage motorcycles, collectible road art, and believe it or not, tractors. But you and I don’t really care about all that other stuff – we’re in it for the cars, from cutting-edge performance machines to ironclad muscle cars, antique classics to no-frills racers. Thankfully, Mecum has the entire spread on tap. The auction house averages more than one event per month, but one of the biggest is in California for Monterey Car Week. Roughly 600 vehicles are slated to hit the block for 2016, and we’ve got some of the most interesting of them profiled right here.

Highlighting the lineup for Monterey is the Modern Speed Collection, a host of ultra-high-end speed-mobiles from the present day. Mecum calls it “the apex of 21st Century automotive performance,” and picking through the offerings, I’m inclined to agree. Think rare, gorgeous, and absurdly quick.

TopSpeed will be on the scene this year, bringing you all the latest. Read on for a taste of what’s in store.

Update 08-20-2016 5:00 P.M. PST We’re on the scene at Mecum and have updated this preview with a welcome video. Check it out in the preview below.
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Car Collector And Racing Legend Denied LaFerrari Spider; Sues Ferrari for Defamation and Reputational Injury

Car Collector And Racing Legend Denied LaFerrari Spider; Sues Ferrari for Defamation and Reputational Injury

Preston Henn wants in excess of $75,000 from Ferrari for embarrassing his status as a loyal member of the Tifosi

85-year-old Preston Henn prides himself on being one of America’s most famous car collectors who also happens to be a former 24 Hours of Daytona winner and a flea market baron who founded and grew the Fort Lauderdale Swap Shop in Lauderhill, Florida. But none of those things are why he’s in the news these days. Okay, that part about being a famous car collector is tied into it, but that’s the extent of it. Preston Henn is in the news because he’s upset at Ferrari for deeming him unqualified to buy the Ferrari LaFerrari Spider. In fact, Henn is so ticked off that he’s taking the Prancing Horse to court over this perceived slap in the face.

Documents that were first brought to light by Autoweek revealed that Henn was not only calling the Italian automaker out, he’s actually suing Ferrari North America in excess of $75,000 over what he claims as statements made by the company that harmed his reputation as a loyal member of the Tifosi.

In the legal documents, Henn claims that he went to his local Ferrari dealership to place an order on the LaFerrari Spider, only to be rebuked for reasons that are still unknown to him. Undeterred, Henn wrote letters to the Ferrari brass and other execs from FCA, including CEO Sergio Marchionne. The letter to Marchionne also included a check worth $1 million as a deposit on the car.

To Henn’s dismay, the check was returned to him along with a message from Ferrari’s media manager, Enrico Galleria, saying that “all units have been already sold” and a reminder not to mail checks with that amount to Ferrari or any of its managers because they would not be held responsible if the checks ended up getting lost.

Feeling embarrassed by Ferrari’s cold shoulder treatment, Henn is taking the fight through the legal system and is insisting on a jury trial. For its part, Ferrari has yet to comment on the issue but considering the 85-year old’s status as one of the premier Ferrari car collectors in the world, a response from Maranello should be imminent.

Or maybe not. Either way, we’ll update everyone on the developments of a news story that has since turned into a legal drama.

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Supercar Gathering In The Netherlands Draws An Exotic Party: Video

Supercar Gathering In The Netherlands Draws An Exotic Party: Video

Now this is how you organize a supercar meet-and-greet

A McLaren P1 GTR. A Porsche 918 Spyder. A Ferrari LaFerrari. If you’re not a man with bottomless pockets, the chances of seeing these three exotics and a host of other supercars are limited. You could “own” in the video game world, but in the actual world that we live in, well, that’s a different story. But there are times when some of the best and finest exotics find the company of one another. One of those times occurred recently in the Netherlands where the aforementioned P1 GTR, 918 Spyder, and LaFerrari were all part of a supercar gathering for the ages.

The video, provided by YouTube user “Carspotter Jeroen,” gives us a good and long look at the supercar meet. In addition to the P1 GTR, 918 Spyder, and LaFerrari, the gathering was also attended by “old school” exotics like the Ferrari F40, Porsche Carrera GT, and Bugatti Veyron Super Sport. A handful of Porsche 911s were also in attendance, as were a couple of Lamborghinis, Koenigseggs, and Mercedes-Benz models.

In short, the supercar meet turned into the kind of gathering that we can only see in our dreams. But for those who actually own these cars, it was just another day of rubbing elbows with their ilk. As we do the same with our friends over a cup of coffee, they do it in the presence of some of the fastest and most powerful cars in the world.

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Hublot Launches MP-05 LaFerrari Sapphire Watch

Hublot Launches MP-05 LaFerrari Sapphire Watch

It’s the most expensive - and most limited - version of the watchmaker’s MP-05 LaFerrari watches

A vast majority of the human population can only dream of owning a Ferrari LaFerrari. Only 499 units were made and all of them are accounted for. Even if by some miracle, a LaFerrari hits the second-hand market, it’s going to be scooped up quicker than it takes the car to sprint from 0 to 60 mph. So, scratch the LaFerrari off of those bucket lists. Fortunately, there is a way to own a ridiculously expensive LaFerrari without owning the real deal. The only catch is that you can’t actually drive it.

But, you can wear it on your wrist, which is how Hublot wants you to do it if you buy its new MP-05 LaFerrari Sapphire Edition watch. This special edition timepiece is the latest iteration of the Hublot Ferrari timepiece line that was first unveiled in 2013 as a tribute to Ferrari’s venerable hypercar. Past versions of the MP-05 LaFerrari include an all-black edition, a titanium edition, and a gold edition.

This one, however, is on an entirely new level. As its name implies, the MP-05 LaFerrari Sapphire Edition comes with a case that’s carved out of sapphire, considered as one of the most precious stones in the world. According to Hublot, the sapphire case is comprised of seven components machined from seven blocks of sapphire, and the entire process of manufacturing the case takes over 600 hours. That’s really all you need to know to understand how ridiculous - in a jaw-dropping way - this version of the MP-05 LaFerrari is.

In keeping with the exclusivity of the real Ferrari LaFerrari, Hublot is limiting the production of the MP-05 LaFerrari Sapphire Edition to just 20 pieces. The company hasn’t announced how much each of these babies will sell for, but considering that a “regular” MP-05 LaFerrari watch retails for around $300,000, you can already get a pretty clear picture on how much each of these 20 watches is going to cost. It probably won’t approach the price of the LaFerrari hypercar, but I wouldn’t be surprised if it comes close to it.

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Dwayne Johnson Can't Fit In His LaFerrari

Dwayne Johnson Can’t Fit In His LaFerrari

Imagine having access to a $3.5 million Ferrari LaFerrari. Imagine being able to touch it and admire it from your living room window. Imagine it being just one of 25 produced in Matte White. That would be great, right? Naturally, you would drive that joint every chance you got, right? Well, not if you’re Dwayne Johnson.

In a recent Facebook post, there’s an image of The Rock towering over a Matte White Ferrari LaFerarri – let’s be honest here, standing next to it, he dwarfs the car. Below the post, he commented on the car’s value, 950+ horsepower, and rarity. He also admitted, “The great benefit of producing and starring in HBO’s Ballers is that I can admire, touch and play with this Ferrari which is one of the most beautifully engineered and sought after exotic cars in the world.”

That isn’t all he has to say about the beauty in white, though. He finished up the post by saying, “The drawback….? Daddy don’t fit in it.” That’s right folks, The Rock has access to one of the most lust-worthy cars in the world, but he can’t even fit inside it. That explains why he’s probably the only person on the planet pictured standing next to one without a smile on his face. Turns out being physically fit doesn’t always pay off, at least not when it comes to driving one of the most beautiful cars in the world.

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Ferrari LaFerrari Vs. McLaren P1 Vs. Bugatti Veyron Vs. Porsche 918 Vs. Pagani Huayra - Part 3: Video

Ferrari LaFerrari Vs. McLaren P1 Vs. Bugatti Veyron Vs. Porsche 918 Vs. Pagani Huayra - Part 3: Video

The results are in! Ok, that’s not the most fashionable way to intro the third and final part of the Hyper 5 video series, but it’s the best I can do given the excitement surrounding the dramatic conclusion to this epic hypercard throwdown.

Here’s a quick refresher: the Hyper 5 series is the brainchild of Alejandro Salomon. The filmmaker brought five of the world’s fastest and most powerful supercars together to run independent laps in each of them around the track to see which one could post the fastest lap time. As a bonus, four of the five cars also participated in an elimination-style drag race, with the winner taking on the supercar that has held the fastest drag record for a production vehicle for the better part of a decade.

So, before the lap times were revealed, the drag race took place with the Porsche 918 Spyder taking on the Pagani Huayra and the McLaren P1 duking it out with the Ferrari LaFerrari. The results of the first round of the drag race saw the 918 Spyder and the P1 beating their respective opponents. When it came time for the pair’s own drag race for a spot at the finals opposite the Bugatti Veyron Super Sport, it was the 918 Spyder who blew past the P1.

Then it became a battle between the old guard taking on the new whippersnapper. The result of the race wasn’t particularly close, but I’m not going to spoil the winner because, well, you have to watch it to find out.

Once the drag race title was settled, the lap times of all five hypercars were finally revealed. Not surprisingly, the Pagani Huayra, the least powerful of the five, came in dead last, posting a lap time of 1:23.76 seconds. In fourth place came the Bugatti Veyron SS, the heaviest of the five, with a lap time of 1:23.006, leaving the battle for lap time supremacy down to the three hybrid hypercars.

In third place was the McLaren P1, which posted a lap time of 1:18.822 seconds, almost five seconds quicker than the Huayra. But, even that breathtaking lap time wasn’t enough to beat out the Ferrari LaFerrari and the Porsche 918 Spyder.

As for who came out on top, well, I’ll leave that for you to watch. Yep. No spoilers on this one, too. What I will tell you is that the winner finished with a lap time of 1:18.44 while the runner-up finished in 1:18.46. That’s a difference of two-hundredths of a second!

The Hyper 5 series was fun to watch so I have to give credit to Salomon and his crew for taking the time to create it. Well done, sir!

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Chris Harris Puts The LaFerrari, Porsche 918 And McLaren P1 Face To Face: Video

Chris Harris Puts The LaFerrari, Porsche 918 And McLaren P1 Face To Face: Video

Being connected is an important thing in the auto industry, especially if you’re trying to negotiate with three of the world’s most famous automakers to have them lend you their new hybrid hypercars so you can test out all three at the same time. Chris Harris is one of the most connected journos in the business and even he had some difficulty getting Porsche, McLaren, and Ferrari on board. Fortunately, his persistence paid off and the result is this.

This episode of “Chris Harris on Cars” runs 52 minutes long. It’s probably the longest episode of the show, but for good reason. In it, Harris finally got the opportunity to drive, compare, and analyze the Porsche 918 Spyder, McLaren P1, and Ferrari LaFerrari, all together in one race track. An event of such magnitude deserves as much time as can be filmed and Harris even tapped into a few buddies of his to help him sort through all the awesomeness provided by the troika of hybrid hypercars. In case you spot fellow journo Tiff Needel and racer Marino Franchitti, they’re there to give Harris a helping hand.

Also in the episode are the engineers and mechanics of all three manufacturers. That pretty much tells you how seriously these companies are taking this test run. Engineers from McLaren and Ferrari even had a little argument on the tires the P1 and LaFerrari would run in, but as Harris himself pointed out, everything was smoothened out by Pirelli and all three cars eventually took their respective moments in the spotlight.

Since this is basically a whole hour’s worth of viewing, I’m not going to spoil everything that happened during Harris’ time with the three hypercars. There are just too many things that happened that it might be best if viewers just watch it themselves. So sit back and enjoy the ride. Chris Harris finally gets to have his party, with the Porsche 918 Spyder, McLaren P1, and Ferrari LaFerrari all in attendance.

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Ferrari LaFerrari Vs. McLaren P1 Vs. Bugatti Veyron Vs. Porsche 918 Vs. Pagani Huayra - Part 2: Video

Ferrari LaFerrari Vs. McLaren P1 Vs. Bugatti Veyron Vs. Porsche 918 Vs. Pagani Huayra - Part 2: Video

Last week, we brought you the first part of Alejandro Salomon’s three-part Hyper 5 series. Well, it didn’t take long for the second part of the series to be released, and now we finally get to see five of the world’s fastest and most powerful supercars in action.

First, a refresher. The Hyper 5 series is the creation of Salomon, otherwise known on the Internet as Salomondrin. He’s a well-off entrepreneur who also happens to be a huge car fan. So with his own resources, combined with steady contributions from the owners of the five hypercars in the film, Salomon decided to bring all of them together to see which one reigns supreme as the best of them all. The five supercars include the Bugatti Veyron, Pagani Huayra, Ferrari LaFerrari, McLaren P1, and the Porsche 918 Spyder.

Now, onto the second episode. GMG Racing’s James Sofronas is prominently featured in this episode, since he was given the task of driving timed laps for all five hypercars.

Before even getting into one of the cars, Sofronas gave Salomon a few predictions on which he thought would be the quickest in the quarter-mile (McLaren P1), which would be the hardest to drive (Bugatti Veyron), and best of all, which one would ultimately win the entire showdown (Porsche 918 Spyder).

Once all predictions were handed out, Sofronas went ahead and laid rubber with each of the five hypercars on a hot lap around the track. The lap times of each of the five cars weren’t revealed because, apparently, those are being saved for the climactic episode next week.

So, while we all wait to find out which of these five will be crowned the winner, we have more than enough time to watch all five hypercars engage in some pretty incredible hot laps. Enjoy the video!

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Ferrari LaFerrari Vs. McLaren P1 Vs. Bugatti Veyron Vs. Porsche 918 Vs. Pagani Huayra: Video

Ferrari LaFerrari Vs. McLaren P1 Vs. Bugatti Veyron Vs. Porsche 918 Vs. Pagani Huayra: Video

What happens when you put a Bugatti Veyron, Pagani Huayra, McLaren P1, Porsche 918 Spyder, and a Ferrari LaFerrari in the same track at the same time? Short of the world actually melting into a puddle, you get to witness filmmaker Alejandro Salomon’s three-part series called “Hyper 5”.

The premise of Hyper 5 is pretty simple. You get five of the world’s fastest and most powerful supercars, run independent tests on each of them around the track and on the drag strip, then document the whole thing to see which one reigns supreme. This is the first part of the series. In it, Salomon spends the entire episode giving each supercar proper introductions. None of the actual tests were done in this episode because Salomon’s apparently saving that for the second and third installments.

Be that as it may, we still get top-quality, film making production, which adds to the incredible build-up of seeing all five supercars in action. Salomon did a good job giving each car its turn in the spotlight, even pointing out that none of these exotics came from their manufacturers. They’re all customer cars, free from any modifications, and all running on stock tires.

We’re going to have to wait for episodes two and three to see how these tests end up going. As far as putting my money on any one of them, I’m going to steer clear of picking a favorite because all of them have as good a chance as any at being the best among the lot. Besides, my choice would’ve been the Koenigsegg One:1, except that it’s not part of the quintet.

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Ferrari Will Auction LaFerrari "V12 LAF" License Plate For Charity

Ferrari Will Auction LaFerrari "V12 LAF" License Plate For Charity

Anytime Ferrari is involved in an auction, there’s a good chance that Prancing Horse collectors feverishly check their pots of gold to see how high they can go with their bids. It’s common knowledge that Ferraris, especially the classic ones, routinely fetch millions in any auction setting. In some cases, a collector loses his mind for a second and bids $32 million for a Ferrari 250 GTO, as was the case back in 2012.

None of that, though, is expected to happen with Ferrari’s latest auction offering. Ferrari North Europe has announced that it will be holding a special auction to benefit the Henry Surtees Foundation. But, instead of auctioning off a classic Ferrari, the Italian brand will be auctioning off the personalized registration "V12 LAF". The auction, according to Ferrari, will be a silent one as the winner with the highest sealed bid submitted before the end of November gets to own what I can only assume to be one of the most unique personalized registrations in the world.

For those who don’t understand the reference, "V12 LAF" is a nod towards the Ferrari LaFerrari, currently the crown jewel of Ferrari’s supercar/hypercar lineup. “V12” is a reference to the car’s 6.3-liter V-12 engine while “LAF” is the first three letters of LaFerrari. I know — It’s a little weird to be fighting over a registration, but if you’re a Ferrari collector who just happens to own a LaFerrari, it’s a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to marry the registration name with the car and make the perfect number plate out of it.

Whoever ends up winning the auction will see his winning bid get sent directly to the Henry Surtees Foundation, named after the son of former Formula One world champion John Surtees OBE. According to its mission statement, the foundation’s primary objective is to “assist people with brain or physical injuries caused by accident to return to community living by the provision of support for equipment and facilities”.

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LaFerrari VS P1 VS 918 Spyder Track Shootout Teaser: Video

LaFerrari VS P1 VS 918 Spyder Track Shootout Teaser: Video

Sometimes, all you need for success is the right ingredients. It doesn’t matter how they come together – if picked wisely, each component will inevitably benefit the whole. One example comes from the culinary world – it doesn’t matter what you’re cooking; add bacon, and the result will be a masterpiece, guaranteed. But what about in the world of performance vehicles? Well, The SupercarDriver thinks it has the right stuff with this upcoming shootout. Simply put, each member of the hybrid hypercar “Holy Trinity” will be present for a no-holds-barred rumble of speed and tire smoke. Sweet.

Even though every gearhead on the planet wants to see the LaFerrari, 918 Spyder, and P1 go head-to-head, Ferrari, Porsche, and McLaren seem reluctant to put up examples for direct comparison. Luckily, SCD managed to coerce Paul Bailey, who just so happens to own one of each, into loaning out his babies for a day of testing.

The venue of choice is Silverstone, while the man behind the wheel is British Touring Car racer Mat Jackson. SCD says it only has a few tests left to shoot before it releases a “mammoth feature film” documenting the results. There will be telemetry data, analysis, and loads of footage showing uber-expensive, tip-of-the-spear technological juggernauts tackling the iconic U.K. circuit.

Expect the full-length comparison sometime this November.

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Dozens Of LaFerraris Caught In The Same Place: Video

Dozens Of LaFerraris Caught In The Same Place: Video

Imagine the frustration. After dropping about $1.4 million on it, you’ve just taken delivery of your new 2014 Ferarri LaFerrari. You lay awake at night anticipating the moment when you roll up to the 2015 Ferrari Cavalcade in your 963-horsepower hypercar and finally get to show up that scoundrel Marco and his silly 2014 Ferrari 458 Speciale. But on meeting day you arrive to find out that everyone else you know has also bought a LaFerrari, including Marco and even that weird guy who works at the dog groomer’s.

As much as I like to think that’s the scenario that played out in the video, it’s probably not entirely accurate. YouTube exotic car impresario, Marchettino, went to the 2015 Ferrari Cavalcade in Rome where, for a few days in June, LaFerraris were as common as wine bars. A total of 15 were registered for this year’s Cavalcade and 12 were on hand the day Marchettino attended.

The Cavalcade is an official gran turismo event organized by Ferrari and this year took participants through the medieval cities that surround Rome, the hill climb at Mount Terminillo and the Vellelunga circuit. In addition to the LaFerrari, just about every other newish Ferrari was there as well, including several 458 Italias and Speciales, F12 Berlinettas, F430s, 2011 Ferrari 599 GTOs, Californias and FFs. Not a bad way to spend five days.

To refresh, the LaFerrari is the latest in a line of Ferrari halo cars that includes the 1985 Ferrari 288 GTO, 1987-1992 F40, 1995-1997 Ferrari F50 and 2003-2004 Ferrari Enzo. As the first Ferrari gas-electric hybrid, it pairs a 6.3-liter V-12 with an electric motor to produce 963 horsepower and 663 pound-feet of torque. It does 0-60 in less than three seconds and will go on to a top speed of 217 mph. Only Ferrari’s weekend cars driven by Sebastian Vettel and Kimi Raikkonen are faster.

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All American LaFerraris Recalled For Headrests And Tire Pressure Issues

All American LaFerraris Recalled For Headrests And Tire Pressure Issues

Not even million-dollar hypercars are fast enough to escape the wrath of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Ferrari North America is recalling an estimated 85 examples of the 2014 Ferrari LaFerrari currently in the United States and seven in Canada to fix issues related to the tire pressure warning system and headrests. The recalls come after the LaFerrari recall-that-wasn’t-actually-a-recall earlier this year, in which customers were “invited” to have fuel tanks replaced at no cost.

The tire pressure warning system issue is largely a messaging bug. When tire pressure drops due to a puncture, the warning on the instrument cluster reads “Low Tyre Pressure-Max speed 50 mph,” but it should say, “Low Tyre Pressure-Do not proceed.” The incorrect message violates the NHTSA’s requirements for tire pressure monitoring systems. The LaFerrari is an amazing car, but like any other car, it’s a bad idea to drive it at 50 mph (or really any speed) on a flat tire.

The other recall affects the L32 seats, which come standard as passenger seats and optional as driver seats. You might remember that LaFerrari buyers were able to choose from three different seat sizes. The L32 is the largest of the three. Apparently, the headrests for these “may not absorb the required amount of energy” and are in violation of safety standards involving head restraints.

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Ferrari LaFerrari Sets Unofficial Lap Time On Top Gear Track: Video

Ferrari LaFerrari Sets Unofficial Lap Time On Top Gear Track: Video

In retrospect, this video represents a strange, yet predictive, confluence of people, events and cars. Just days before he was announced as Jeremy Clarkson’s replacement on Top Gear, Chris Evans was able to help orchestrate and film a LaFerrari hot lap around the Dunsfold Aerodrome test track, which also happens to be the test track used by his new employer. Defending Formula 1 World Champion Lewis Hamilton was there too for some reason.

It all unfolded on Evans’ television show, TFI Friday, when a helmeted racing driver call ‘The Stink’ showed up in the studio. ‘The Stink’ turned out to be British touring car ace, Jason Plato, who was behind the wheel of the Ferrari for the hot lap. You might remember that Ferrari wouldn’t allow Top Gear to time the 2014 Ferrari LaFerrari’s hot lap against the 2014 Porsche 918 Spyder and 2014 McLaren P1, so this is the first time it’s been put to the clock.

Plato only had about 15 minutes to set a lap time and surface was slightly damp, but the goal was to break the track record of 1 minute 13.8 seconds held by the 2011 Pagani Huayra. Watch the video to see if he pulled it off.
(Spoiler alert: He was 0.4 second off.)

Also, if you’re not familiar with Evans’ body of work, the video might give you an idea of what to expect from future episodes of Top Gear. Get used to this guy, because he’s probably here to stay.

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First Ferrari LaFerrari Available In The U.S. Priced At $5 Million

First Ferrari LaFerrari Available In The U.S. Priced At $5 Million

If you missed out on your chance to buy a new 2014 Ferrari LaFerrari directly from Maranello — possibly simply because you didn’t own the other five Ferraris required for the company to give you the opportunity — then you might be interested to find out that one of the 499 hypercars just surfaced on the second-hand market. Specifically, Naples Motorsport in Naples, Florida, has just announced it has a LaFerrari "...on the ground ready for immediate delivery."

There’s a catch though, they want $5 million for it. That’s more than three times what Ferrari initially asked for a LaFerrari.

Naples Motorsports doesn’t say how it got hold of the supercar, but the folks over at the Ferrari Chat forums claim this vehicle originally belonged to Steve Wyinn, who sold it for about $3 million. It seems as if the current owner is looking for a $2 million profit on what’s arguably the most sought-after supercar.

The model now available at Naples Motorsports is finished in black and comes with a tan leather interior and countless carbon-fiber inserts. The car has only 202 miles on the clock and it appears to be in mint condition. It is currently the only LaFerrari for sale in North America.

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Keanu Reeves visits Maranello

Keanu Reeves visits Maranello

We already know Keanu Reeves can keep a bus above 50 mph, but now we also know he’s pretty handy at wheeling a Ferrari around Fiorano. The actor, famous for his roles in films like Speed, The Matrix, and Point Break, recently paid a visit to the Ferrari factory in Maranello to get the inside scoop on what goes into the creation of a prancing horse.

Usually associated with motoring of the two-wheeled variety, Reeves still had what it took to impress behind the wheel of a 488 GTB, putting the sports car through it’s paces at the marque’s home test track, saying afterwards, “It’s a car you instantly feel an incredibly synergy with. It’s like it’s tailored around you, an extension of your body and your mind. There’s no doubt about it: Ferrari is the dream.”

Speaking of tailor-made, Reeves also spent time at the atelier where he got to sample a variety of materials on offer for interior customization. He also got to experience the New Mechanical Machining Area and eight-cylinder production line for a look at the how the greasy bits fit together.

Of course, when visiting Ferrari, you gotta get a taste for the history. In the Classiche department, Reeves was met by two recently restored race cars, including a 500 Mondial and a one-off single-seater built in the ’50s for the Indy 500. “You can really feel how the values of the past are being passed down here. They’re a legacy that deserves to be carefully preserved and that’s just what you’re doing here by keeping the designs and plans for every single model in your incredible archive,” he said.

Next, Reeves got to get up close with a LaFerrari, plus a few single-seaters driven by Michael Schumacher, who Reeves is a big fan of. Topping it off was a more-than-appropriate ride in a 2015 California T. 

Woah.

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McLaren P1, LaFerrari And Porsche 918 At Silverstone: Video

McLaren P1, LaFerrari And Porsche 918 At Silverstone: Video

To our knowledge, this video depicts the first time the McLaren P1, Ferrari LaFerrari and Porsche 918 Spyder have all been on the same track at the same time, or at least, it’s the first time someone has thought to bring a video camera and a few GoPros to document the proceedings. The hypercar trinity was brought together at England’s Silverstone Circuit to take a few lucky passengers on hot lap rides at a Supercar Driver charity event. Timed laps weren’t allowed (you can probably thank Ferrari for that), but just seeing the three on track together at the same time is a pretty amazing sight.

Amazingly, these three cars are all owned by one guy. Paul Bailey is an English businessman who made his future in the telecom industry and is thought to be one of the few, if not the only, human being on the planet that owns all three hybrid hypercars. He took delivery of the P1 first in 2014. Some months later in early 2015 he drove the P1 to the Ferrari dealership to pick up his LaFerrari. That same day, he and his wife drove the P1 and the LaFerrari to a Porsche dealership about 100 miles away to pick up the 918. He’s obviously doing something right.

In case you need a refresher, the McLaren P1 is powered by a 3.8-liter twin-turbo V-8, which, when combined with its electric motor, produces 903 horsepower. The 918 uses an atmospheric flat-plane-crank V-8 and two electric motors, one on the front axle and one on the rear, to produce 887 horsepower. The most powerful of the bunch is the LaFerrari. It’s howling 6.3-liter V-12 incorporates an electric motor mounted directly to the gearbox to produce 963 horsepower. All together, it’s a combined output of 2,453 horsepower. Each will sprint to 60 in under three seconds and easily exceed 200 mph.

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MotorTrend Reviews 2015 Ferrari LaFerrari: Video

MotorTrend Reviews 2015 Ferrari LaFerrari: Video

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

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

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Ferrari LaFerrari Drag Races McLaren 650S: Video

Ferrari LaFerrari Drag Races McLaren 650S: Video

This isn’t a race that you watch to see who wins. As amazing a car as the McLaren 650S is, Ferrari would have to answer to the world’s most irate customers if the range topping LaFerrari hypercar couldn’t outrun a 650S. The purpose of the race in this video is to, as Shmee puts it, show the difference between a supercar and a hypercar. Or to put it another way, the difference between a $1.4 million car and a $267,000 car. There is also nearly a 300-horsepower difference, 950 vs 666.

Even with the winner already being a foregone conclusion, these are some of the most interesting kinds of races to watch, just to see where all of that extra money goes for the more expensive car. It’s especially impressive when you consider that the point at which the LaFerrari is becoming little more than a dot off in the distance, the 650S is traveling at 193mph. Truly incredible.

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LaFerrari Drag Races Koenigsegg Agera: Video

LaFerrari Drag Races Koenigsegg Agera: Video

Today’s hypercars are so stinking fast, that most racetracks are nowhere near big enough to let them truly stretch their legs. Forget public roads. Consider the 217 mph, 950 horsepower Ferrari LaFerrari and 270 mph (theoretically), 960 horsepower Koenigsegg Agera — cars with enough power and speed to accidentally tip the planet’s rotational axis. This new level of performance has given rise to Vmax events, at which owners can fire their cars down a two-mile stretch of runway to see just how fast they actually are.

We’re really beginning to think our pal Shmee150 has some sort of self-replicating superpower, because the guy seems to be everywhere at once, including the Hypermax II event at the Bruntingthorpe Proving Ground near Birmingham, England, where he witnessed this epic LaFerrari, Agera drag race. The K-egg has some trouble getting power down at the start, but begins to catch the red car, once aerodynamics become a factor. Place your bets, and watch to see which car is quickest.

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Gordon Ramsay Added A New Ferrari To His Collection: LaFerrari

Gordon Ramsay Added A New Ferrari To His Collection: LaFerrari

Celebrity chef Gordon Ramsay has some pretty swanky attachments to his name. Not only does he have extensive experience presenting a variety of television programs, including Hell’s Kitchen, Kitchen Nightmares, MasterChef, and MasterChef Junior, but he also owns a number of top-shelf restaurants scattered throughout the world. Forbes estimates his wealth to be in the ballpark of $48 million, which means the man has the resources to pick up some of the best automobiles in existence. Now, he’s adding to his collection with a brand new Ferrari LeFerrari.

According to the UK-based publication Daily Mail, the Ferrari squared will be Ramsay’s 15th prancing horse since he became a celebrity chef, with other models including an F12 Berlinetta, F430, 458 Italia, and 550 Maranello. Ramsay made the purchase only a few days after two-time world champion F1-driver Lewis Hamilton bought one himself.

Engraved at the bottom of the squared steering wheel is the word “DONE!,” Ramsay’s catchphrase. The exterior is done in a silvery charcoal grey paint hue.

So then, when it comes to actually using one of the 499 LaFerraris produced, what did Ramsay have on the menu? Apparently, the celebrity used the mega-horsepower exotic to shuttle his kids around.

“My first trip was out on the M4 to watch Megs Netball fyi it didn’t take me long to get there...” Ramsay posted to his Instagram account, followed by “The Electric part even toasts your bread quickly...”

Continue reading to learn more about Gordon Ramsay’s new LaFerrari.

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Ferrari LaFerrari And Enzo Galore On The Track: Video

Ferrari LaFerrari And Enzo Galore On The Track: Video

Seeing a bunch of Ferraris in the same place at the same time is always a treat, but it is undeniably better when the cars in question are some of the limited-production supercars that Ferrari only puts out once a decade. In the case of this video, you will see three Enzos and four LaFerraris at the Sonoma Raceway for the 2014 Ferrari Challenge. There is a bit of excellent startup noise from each of the cars involved. Always a good thing when you’re talking about Ferrari V12s.

The cars then pull out onto the track to run a couple of laps. This isn’t exactly the kind of tire-shredding wide-open throttle driving that you’d see with a Ferrari test driver behind the wheel, but something about paying that kind of money for a car must make you reluctant to wreck it. But it’s still great to see (and hear) the exotics going around the track, and all of them being in one place is a rare enough thing to make the video worth watching all on its own.

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Four Ferraris Brought To Fiorano For Dario Benuzzi: Video

Four Ferraris Brought To Fiorano For Dario Benuzzi: Video

Since joining Ferrari as a mechanic in 1969, and later becoming chief test driver under Enzo Ferrari himself, Dario Benuzzi has shaped the dynamics and handling characteristics of every model that has left the Maranello factory gates. Except for the 348, which he was unable to sign-off on because of a broken hand. Several years later Ferrari boss Luca di Montezemolo called it one of the worst Ferraris ever built. Probably not a coincidence.

But, these four are definitely not among the worst Ferraris ever built. The company recently sent its legendary test driver out on the Fiorano circuit to sample the F40, F50, Enzo and LaFerrari (we would have thrown in a 288 GTO as well, but we won’t get picky), all cars he had a hand in creating. Now almost 70 years old, Benuzzi loves his job as much as ever. He’s also still one of the coolest human beings on the planet and doesn’t seem to have lost any pace behind the wheel.

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This Yellow with Blue Carbon Fiber LaFerrari Looks Awesome: Video

This Yellow with Blue Carbon Fiber LaFerrari Looks Awesome: Video

With 963 horsepower at its disposal and a menacing, yet beautiful exterior design, the LaFerrari is definitely one of the coolest supercars roaming the streets in 2015. There are a couple of things I don’t like about it, though. The name, which is downright silly, and the limited color palette, which only includes Rosso Corsa (red), Giallo Modena (yellow), and Nero (black). I’m aware these are all traditional Maranello colors, but I just can’t understand why this awesome supercar didn’t get a proper color palette, with at least 10 hues, like most modern Ferraris.

Thankfully, customers that aren’t crazy about the red, yellow, and black offered as standard for the Ferrari LaFerrari can have their supercar finished in a different tint. To do that, however, they have to schedule an appointment with Maranello’s customization division, in which case they have to be prepared to pay hefty premiums depending on what extra features they want. Jamiroquai’s Jay Kay did just that and took delivery of a cool, bright-green LaFerrari. Other customers have ordered theirs in blue, orange or silver, among other colors, which means I’m not the only nut complaining about the car’s limited standard palette.

The reason why I’m talking about LaFerrari colors is because YouTube user BrianZuk just posted a video of yet another unique supercar. Although it might seem like it’s finished in Giallo Modena at first glance, this LaFerrari actually sports a Giallo Tristrato paint, a triple-layer yellow, with blue-tinted carbon-fiber elements. Check it out by clicking the play button above.

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McLaren P1 Vs. Porsche 918 Vs. LaFerrari - Which Is Fastest To Build: Video

McLaren P1 Vs. Porsche 918 Vs. LaFerrari - Which Is Fastest To Build: Video

I’m probably not the only gearhead that wants to see a drag race between the McLaren P1, the Porsche 918 and the Ferrari LaFerrari, but there’s a reason why such a confrontation won’t happen anytime soon. And it’s all Ferrari’s fault, because Maranello doesn’t want this to happen! Yup, Ferrari has forbidden LaFerrari owners to race it against the P1 and the 918; the same owners who paid more than $1.3 million to take the hybrid supercar home. Is Ferrari trying to hide anything? Could it be that the LaFerrari is actually slower than its main competitors, prompting Maranello to keep its hypercar away from drag races and head-to-head track battles? Unfortunately, it’s a question I can’t really answer given the current circumstances.

With an actual test between the three impossible to schedule, the folks over at XCAR came up with a different way to compare the supercars. It doesn’t involve burnouts, drag racing or track carving, but hundreds of plastic parts and the joy of building... Lego cars. Specifically, XCAR set out to find out which of the three is fastest to build and purchased the LaFerrari, P1, and 918 Hybrid from the brand’s Speed Champions series. Silly? Could be, but you have to admit it’s the only way these supercars can be compared unless you have the actual cars, a race track, and a stopwatch. Hit the play button to find out which is fastest to build.

Spoiler alert: Ferrari is probably happy with the outcome.

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Ferrari LaFerrari Vs. Bugatti Veyron In A Drag Race: Video

Ferrari LaFerrari Vs. Bugatti Veyron In A Drag Race: Video

Back in January, a video began circulating from the Vmax200 EVOmax event showing a Bugatti Veyron and a LaFerrari going head-to-head in a long-distance drag race held on a two-mile runway in London. From the video footage, the lighter hybrid Ferrari beat the all-engine Bugatti. Nobody likes losing in a race, but I have to imagine that the sting of defeat has to be even worse when you’re piloting the fastest car on the planet. Now it’s time for a rematch.

Held at Vmax200 Stealth, this race pits the same Bugatti against a new LaFerrari challenger, and supercar chaser extraordinaire Schmee150 was there to capture the multimillion dollar race on video. This time around, the more powerful Veyron easily beats the Ferrari hitting a top speed of 214 mph versus 206 mph, but weather likely played a key role. The video description says that the track was damp during this run, which is evident by the Ferrari struggling to get traction off the line giving the all-wheel-drive Bugatti the advantage.

As the track dried up, Schmee says that the Veyron later hit a top speed of 224 mph. Regardless of who wins, it never gets old watching two of the most expensive and powerful production cars on the planet going all-out.

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Lewis Hamilton Buys A LaFerrari - Rumors Start Swirling

Lewis Hamilton Buys A LaFerrari - Rumors Start Swirling

Since Mercedes-Benz is not making a hypercar at the moment, the carmaker’s Formula One drivers have to look elsewhere to quench their thirst for F1-derived performance in a road car. Nico Rosberg drove a C63 AMG until recently, but Lewis Hamilton is a bit more flamboyant in his choices of personal cars. After ordering a bespoke Zonda 760 Roadster from Pagani, Lewis bought himself a Ferrari LaFerrari as a present for winning the 2014 Formula One Championship.

Normally, which road car is driven by an F1 driver falls under "celebrity gossip," something that we don’t cover on TopSpeed, but this time it’s different. As most of you know, Ferrari is battling Mercedes-Benz in Formula One, and Lewis is still under contract with the three-pointed star. In other words, the Brit buying a car from its team’s arch-enemy is bound to raise some suspicion, but fortunately it doesn’t seem to pose a problem for his bosses. "Sure, Lewis has had contact with Ferrari," Toto Wolff, Executive Director at Mercedes-AMG Petronas, confirmed to Germany’s Sport Bild. "He has just bought a LaFerrari. We have no problem with that." he continued.

Hamilton is not the first F1 driver to buy a LaFerrari while under contract with one of Ferrari’s opponents on the track. In 2014, Sebastian Vettel awarded himself with a similar hypercar while driving for Red Bull, but his contract didn’t allow him to make it public. A year later, Seb jumped ship to Ferrari, so various media outlets began reporting that Hamilton might do the same.

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Ferrari LaFerrari At Spa-Francorchamps: Video

Ferrari LaFerrari At Spa-Francorchamps: Video

Of all the European race tracks past and present, the Spa-Francorchamps is definitely my favorite. Yeah, I know most gearheads have a thing for the Nurburgring, but nothing beats the Spa’s Eau Rouge-Raidillon section as far as track turns go. The section is unique and driving through it safely and without losing time on the long straight ahead requires a whole lot of skill. Laguna Seca’s Corkscrew is probably the only corner that can match the Eau Rouge’s difficulty. That said, I enjoy videos of just about any car being driven at Spa-Francorchamps. And I mean any car, not just the flock of P1s we saw lap the Belgian track at incredible speeds last year. But when the cars in question turn out to be hypercars, I enjoy it even more, and that’s exactly what happened when a Ferrari LaFerrari brought its 963 horses to the Spa.

Aside from the fact that this is our very first look at a LaFerrari lapping the Belgian course, the video is quite dramatic, as the action happens on a rainy day and with worn P Zero Corsa semislick tires. The result is 12 minutes of awesomeness during which the driver struggles to take tight turns without going off track as his LaFerrari loses traction due to its shredded tires. Making the footage that much better is the on-board setup of the camera showing the driver putting his hybrid supercar through its paces.

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Ferrari LaFerrari Recalled Over Fire Risk?

Ferrari LaFerrari Recalled Over Fire Risk?

Back in July 2014, a video that was first posted on Instagram showed a brand-new LaFerrari smoking due to a small fire in the engine compartment while participating in the Trento-Bondone hillclimb rally in Italy. That was the first and last fire-related incident for the LaFerrari as of March 2015. However, although there are no other reports to indicate the LaFerrari is prone to catch fire out of the blue (like the 458 Italia did in its first years), Ferrari is apparently calling back all supercars delivered to customers so far to upgrade the fuel tanks.

According to Dutch website Autoblog.nl, quoting "various channels," Ferrari informed LaFerrari customers that the supercars need to have their fuel tanks replaced. The source doesn’t say what’s wrong with the current tanks, but mentions the new units are sprayed with a special non-conductive coating, suggesting the upgrade is done to prevent the area from catching fire. The Dutch publication also released a photo of a LaFerrari with its rear section removed, claiming it was secretly taken by a German dealer. Given Maranello doesn’t allow dealers or customers to talk about these type of issues, I’m not surprised the person who took this photo wants to lay low.

But despite Autoblog’s report and photo showing the dismantled LaFerrari, Maranello insists the upgrade is not being treated as an official recall and there is no serious safety risk to owners. According to AutoCar, replacing the fuel tank takes around eight hours and can be completed as part of the LaFerrari’s standard servicing schedule.

Continue reading to learn more about the Ferrari LaFerrari’s fire risks.

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Lucky Owner Gets Delivery of His Tour de France-Inspired LaFerrari: Video

Lucky Owner Gets Delivery of His Tour de France-Inspired LaFerrari: Video

If you thought the 2014 Ferrari LaFerrari was stunning in its factory garb, wait until you see this. Ferrari of Newport Beach has just delivered this masterful piece of hybrid V-12 awesomeness. It’s a one-off LaFerrari boasting a black-and-red spin on the famed Tour de France livery.

If you’re not familiar with Ferrari’s Tour de France livery, it is the color scheme that the 250 GT wore when it took home top prize in the 1964 Tour de France race – no, not the bicycle race. Unlike the 250 GT, which was grey with a yellow stripe, this LaFerrari is coated in a deep-black base coat with a contrasting red stripe going across the hood.

In addition to the sweet twist on this iconic livery, this LaFerrari also features a striking interior. All my life I was told, “never wear brown with black,” and I’ll be damned if this owner didn’t request chocolate brown cow hide all over the cabin. What’s more, somehow it all seems to work. Then again, maybe I am just mesmerized by this Italian hybrid.

The video is pretty short, sweet and to the point, with nearly no chatter at all – just the way I like my car porn. All that’s missing are a few to-the-rev-limiter wind-ups of that 6.3-liter V-12, but the owner instead drove off casually into the distance.

Click past the jump to check out more on the LaFerrari.

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