One of the most hotly anticipated sports cars to debut this year, the 2014 Ferrari LaFerrari lives up to the hype. It will be produced in a limited production run of 499 models, so if you like what you see and can afford it, you’ll need to order quickly. The LaFerrari was designed completely in-house, and is meant to embody all of the brand’s best traits. It’s worth taking a closer look at these various features to see how the new LaFerrari compares to its competition.
The LaFerrari is designed to be as aerodynamic as possible, with sharp curves and prominent lines to give it a distinctive look. It was subjected to rigorous wind tunnel testing to achieve the most aerodynamic shape, and was then constructed using four different types of carbon fibre. Elements like the guide vanes on the undercarriage and active diffusers on both front and rear of the car help to reduce drag and provide down force. It has a pointy nose, side wings, and a sleek profile that are more reminiscent of an airplane than a traditional sports car.
The interior is similarly sleek, upholding the performance-oriented appearance of the exterior yet providing a high degree of creature comforts. There’s a large steering wheel with four sides to provide plenty of grip, and a new dash formation in the cockpit inspired by top race cars. The LaFerrari can accommodate two passengers, who sit in finely moulded carbon fibre seats in the bulkhead of the car.
The new LaFerrari is capable of providing a whopping 950 hp, with a 6.3-litre V-12 engine providing no shortage of velocity and power. To support this, there aretwo electric motors to provide additional hybrid power, along with a seven-speed automated manual transmission. This provides over 660 lb-ft of torque. With the combination of this powerful engine and the LaFerrari’s low starting weight of 2800 pounds, the car can accelerate from zero to 62 mpg in under three seconds. In 15 seconds it can reach speeds of 186 mph, and can reach top speeds over 217. This low weight is approximately half what you would see in other Ferrari deals at Carsales, hitting new heights of efficiency. Attention has been paid to the car’s ability to decelerate as well, with new carbon-ceramic brakes that help improve friction to increase deceleration power by as much as 15%. The LaFerrari uses electronic stability control to keep handling ability strong even at high speeds, for a high level of performance both on and off the race track.
The Bottom Line
Does the 2014 LaFerarri live up to its hype? It does reach impressive speeds and has reduced its drag and weight considerably. Using hybrid technology, this supercar is efficient while providing the highest level of performance. With only 499 models in production, it’s probably a given that these will go quickly, despite a high price tag of at least $1.2 million.