Green Eyed Monster
This is the most powerful and most expensive model ever to leave the Ferrari factory but it’s also the greenest. LaFerrari is the company’s first hybrid car but being Ferrari, they’ve managed to use its technology to extract even more power.
“Here’s the keys to our $2million car and there’s the empty race track, now go and have some fun.”
That was pretty much the extent of the instructions given by Ferrari’s minders when we were invited to get behind the wheel of the company’s iconic hypercar, the 6.3-litre, 950bhp, hybrid, V12 LaFerrari at the factory’s test circuit in Fiorano, Italy.
Only 499 examples have been commissioned and buyers have to be ‘invited’ to purchase a car only after satisfying certain criteria such as showing proof that they’ve bought two new Ferraris recently, purchased six in the past decade and somehow prove that they are not a speculator. It also helps if they can show a valid, FIA motor racing licence.
With this kind of pressure, the palms were sweaty and the throat was dry, long before the security gates swung open to let us on to the hallowed Formula One test track. [Continued...]
The LaFerrari is the most exclusive model in the Ferrari family. You can’t just by one, you have to be invited. So instead, we spent the day with it at the company’s racetrack and around the hills which surround the Ferrari factory.
The pressure is on every car company to go green, produce hybrids and save fuel and Ferrari is no different. The LaFerrari is the company’s first hybrid car but as you can guess, they’ve used this technology for one thing only – to extract even more power.
Considering that a buyer is expected to hand over $2million, there’s not much in the way of comfort features in the oddly named Ferrari LaFerrari. It’s a pretty barren place inside and they’ve even forgotten the seats.
Yep, before taking delivery, owners have to visit the factory to have a seat fitting just like the F1 drivers as the seat a thin piece of leather draped over a molded carbon tub that’s made by the F1 team.
The result is that apart from siting on the floor, you feel every nuance of the road and what the car is doing, literally through your backside and because the ‘seat’ is fixed, it’s the steering column and pedals that move to meet you.
A few laps around Ferrari’s Fiorano test track brought with it huge leaps of confidence in the car’s potential. Unlike other hybrids and its competitors, the Porsche 918 Spyder and McLaren P1, the electric motor assisting the V12 is always running which means that the immediate acceleration is nothing short of explosive. [Continued...]