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LaFerrari stuns Geneva

06.03.2013

THE NAME might sound French, but it is every bit an Italian Prancing Horse. It’s the LaFerrari and it’s an eagerly-anticipated limited-series special, of which just 499 will be built.

For Ferrari, the development of a limited-series special like the LaFerrari represents an opportunity to experiment with all the technological solutions that will later filter down onto their production cars.

Of particular significance in this context is the introduction of the hybrid system which, making full use of the company’s Scuderia Ferrari’s F1 KERS knowledge, has resulted in a solution that exalts Ferrari’s fundamental values - performance and driving thrills.

The hybrid technology used, known as HY-KERS, represents the perfect combination of maximum performance and lower emissions. LaFerrari, in fact, emits just 330g/km of Co2, but without resorting to electric-only drive, which would not fit the mission of this model. The HY-KERS system is, however, designed as such that, in future applications, a car can be driven using electric power exclusively for a few kilometres and, during development testing, a full-electric version of LaFerrari achieved just 220g/km of Co2 emissions on the combined cycle.

The LaFerrari is equipped with dynamic controls that are integrated on a Ferrari road car for the first time, with active aerodynamics and the HY-KERS system. Thanks to Ferrari’s proprietary logic which governs all the systems, the car can achieve absolute levels of performance, aerodynamic efficiency and handling without any form of compromise in any area. A very advanced and uncompromising approach was also taken with the interior design, which features a Human Machine Interface inspired by F1 single-seaters.

The layout of the cabin makes a significant contribution in this regard. The seat is fixed and tailored to the driver, while both the pedal box and steering wheel are adjustable. The driving position is similar to that of a single seater and was designed after consultation with Scuderia Ferrari drivers Fernando Alonso and Felipe Massa, who played an active role throughout the entire development process. 

The LaFerrari’s chassis features no less than four different types of carbon-fibre, all hand laminated and autoclave cured in the racing department, using the same design and production methods as the Formula 1 car.

The LaFerrari is the first car in the company’s history to be powered by the HY-KERS system. The ICE represents the pinnacle of engine development and research, with a 6262cc V12 engine.

The high torque levels - available at low revs from the electric motor - allowed the engineers to optimise the internal combustion engine’s performance at higher revs, thus providing a constant supply of exceptional power throughout the rev range. Total torque generated is in excess of 900Nm.

The hybrid system is composed of two electric motors, developed in collaboration with Magneti Marelli - one powering the driven wheels and the second the ancillaries - and a battery pack attached to the floor of the chassis, consisting of cells that are assembled in the Scuderia Ferrari department where the KERS for the F138 is also made.

Article written by Autodealer
06.03.2013
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