Ferrari LaFerrari is the hybrid tech-powered future of supercars | Motorburn

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Ferrari LaFerrari is the hybrid future of supercars

Undoubtedly the of the Geneva Motor Show the LaFerrari is a masterpiece to behold. Any is something special, but when one of its production marvels is released, the world really does something to celebrate. But that Simply awful, especially off a name like #8216;Enzo#8217;. hybrid engines, coupled active aerodynamics make a revolutionary car, not only for but for the whole world too. Say to the future of the supercar.


Ferrari was adamant; the V12 stays. increasingly stricter emissions Ferrari were faced a dilemma: smaller engines better emissions, but also breaking with tradition. So the prancing horse has found a though it wouldn#8217;t necessarily it that.

The V12 from the F12 is the basis for own, sharing its displacement at It has been heavily tweaked, now putting out 789bhp, an improvement of over the F12. But that power comes at a cost. The power figure is achieved at an 9 250rpm, meaning low-down and power and torque is lacking.

Fret not, that#8217;s the electric engine is for! The fact of electric engines is all the power that the engine comes instantly. No waiting. So you would normally be waiting for the V12 to get its stride, the electric motor is its magic and filling in the gaps an extra 169bhp. The total figure of the car is #8220;in excess 664lb ft. What that#8217;s to do to the rear-wheel drive only car can be speculated. Expect a large bill, though.

That#8217;s not all because it#8217;s not your hybrid setup here. the help of the F1 gurus at Gestione an F1-esque HY-KERS system has used to, well, make the one of the most technically advanced cars ever produced. It the energy used under and in corners, transforming it into power. It also reduces by 40% and increases the V12 engine#8217;s power by But best of all is that it is 94% energy-efficient. For all the systems, like lights and instruments, a second electric is used. So three engines,

Active aerodynamics

Ferrari on it with the 458 at first, Pagani an interesting angle with it for the and McLaren has covered its P1 in it. Aerodynamics are almost more important powertrains these days. The a car goes through the air and also how the car with the air, is vital to how the car behave. To be able to change the aero to suit a certain is phenomenal; and that is exactly the LaFerrari does.

Ferrari to have the most aerodynamically road car ever produced. hard to say what that means: surely something for Ferrari and, say, VW its XL1. But nonetheless, there#8217;s no the LaFerrari#8217;s aerodynamic achievements are

The active elements consist of integrated into the front and diffusers, a central flap in the splitter, a guide vain and an awesome rear wing slides up and out from the bodywork. The section and spoiler act to maximise where the diffuser flaps at the increase air expansion to increase capacity #8212; whatever means. The front diffuser do the same, though they increase downforce at the front. The vain is deployed at high-speed to air away from the radiator to drag.

Like the rest of the car, the fibre chassis is absolutely top of the Instead of a relatively mass carbon fibre tub that uses for both the MP4-12C and the P1, the gets a hand-laid carbon chassis. Most of it is made T800, which is apparently a for the automotive world, while directional tape and fabric is in areas that are important for safety because of its high absorption.

M446J unidirectional and fabric, for its extremely rigid and characteristics, is used for the structural of the chassis, while the underbody is from a composite mix of carbon and Kevlar. Kevlar has many from racing sails for to bulletproof vests; and so here it is used to protect the underbody from road damage.

The of using multiple types of fibre was to reduce the amount of necessary to make up the chassis and to weight down, while increasing rigidity. With yet nod to F1, the chassis is cured in the same as Ferrari#8217;s F1 cars.

Truly mind-boggling. In line the battle that Ferrari and have most recently the performance figures between the are close, but Ferrari, it seems, has McLaren to basically every one on paper at least.


Both with do 0-60mph in less three seconds and will top at 217mph. Those figures quite do them justice, which is just ridiculous. The out figures are the 0-125mph (200kph) of 7 seconds#8217; and 0-186mph (300kph) of 15.5. This second is a solid 1.5 seconds faster the McLaren, though paper is a thing and performance is only measured on the road, not on desks.

Ferrari#8217;s famed Fiorano Track, the LaFerrari is a solid 5 quicker than the Enzo, making it Ferrari#8217;s fastest car ever.

The competition

It#8217;s a car in every way, this but by no means is it alone. Ferrari#8217;s rivals have also put on the impressive show. Porsche the world its 918 Spyder a fair ago, and McLaren has just unveiled its P1. Both of these are hybrids, though all three very different approaches to it.

The Porsche was the first to the punchline, but is yet to be seen. Its design is understated, gorgeous, especially with the exhaust shooting out the top. It a naturally aspirated V8 churning out and two electric motor #8212; one at the powering the front wheels, and at the back helping the V8 with the wheels. Combined, the motors put out It incorporates a regenerative braking though different from and something that has popped up on the new four-wheel steering. That possibly give it the advantage the Ferrari and McLaren, as well as the drive, although no active seems to have been

The McLaren P1 is the closer rival in of performance and execution. It also a thick lathering of active but no regenerative braking. Instead it has a system that uses the motor to increase the efficiency of changes and power output to the gear changes and driving and quicker. It is the only one of the three has a turbo, surprisingly, given extensive use of them.

In terms of power and weight, trumps them both, 950bhp compared to the McLaren#8217;s 903 and the 840, and a weight of 1400kg to the 1500 and the 918#8242; 1600-1700kg. on the emissions front, Ferrari are The 918 makes only 70g/km, the P1 while the LaFerrari sits at I guess it shows where priorities are. Saving the obviously is not up there, unless it is Jeremy Clarkson#8217;s strategy of to do it. Can#8217;t say I#8217;m upset that.

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