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LaFerrari, Ferrari s Enzo-successor breaks cover!

Written by Daniel Wong. Published on March 5, 2013 9:39 pm ,

If there is one company who can keep a good secret, it is Ferrari, every new model is treated to an air-tight seal of security, and an especially tight seal when it came to the unveiling of their one-in-a-decade halo car, the LaFerrari.

Unveiled at the opening of the Geneva Motor Show today, with just a limited-production run of just 499 examples, the LaFerrari is touted to be the fastest car in the company’s history.

The reason behind the LaFerrari name was because it is to represent “the maximum expression of what defines our company – excellence. Excellence in terms of technological innovation, performance, visionary styling, and the sheer thrill of driving”, as described by Ferrari’s president, Luca di Montezemolo.

The LaFerrari represents the brand’s first production hybrid model, debuting the production version of Ferrari’s HY-KERS system .

Its 6.3-litre naturally-aspirated V12 engine produces 789hp at 9,250rpm, a record for an engine of its displacement, with a compression ratio of 13.5:1.

Though the 700Nm of maximum torque the engine produces at 6,750rpm is no small figure by any measure, the engine is coupled to a 120kW electric motor, which complements the engine at low speeds, and ultimately gives the LaFerrari’s powertrain a combined power output of 949hp and more than 900Nm of torque.

With its seven-speed dual-clutch transmission, the LaFerrari boasts headlining figures such as a 0-100km/h of under 3 seconds, a 0-200km/h of under 7 seconds, and a top speed of over 350km/h.

The hybrid system is composed to two electric motors that were developed in partnership with Magneti Marelli, one used to power the driven wheels and the other to power the ancillaries.

The battery pack for the hybrid system on the other hand is attached to the floor of the chassis and consists of cells that are assembled in the Scuderia Ferrari department where the KERS system for the F138 race car is made.

Weighing in at 60kg the batteries used in the LaFerrari is said to provide the highest energy density possible for this kind of application.

The LaFerrari’s batteries are charged either through braking, or when the V12 engine is producing more torque than required, where the excess power is converted to energy and fed to the batteries.

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Like its predecessors, the F40, F50 and Enzo, the LaFerrari boasts more adaptation of Formula One technology and know-how.

This time around the car’s chassis features no less than four different types of carbon-fibre that is hand-laminated and autoclave cured in the company’s racing department using the same design and production methods as the Formula One cars.

By integrating the seats and battery compartment into the carbon fibre shell, Ferrari’s engineers managed to increase torsional rigidity by 27 per cent and beam stiffness by 22 per cent while reducing weight.

Its clean body shape on the other hand hides active aerodynamic devices fitted to the front and rear diffusers, underbody vanes, and rear spoiler, which are deployed automatically to generate downforce without compromising the car’s overall drag coefficient.

This time around Ferrari’s boffins managed to integrate the LaFerrari’s active aerodynamics and hybrid system with the other dynamic control systems on board.

Ferrari has worked on ensuring that the electric motor and V12 delivers and instantaneous response, such as keeping the V12’s revs high during cornering to boost acceleration upon exit.

Also new to the LaFerrari are new lightweight brake callipers designed to improve cooling and made from a new composition of carbon-ceramic material.

Put all these together and Ferrari claims that the LaFerrari could lap the benchmarked Fiorano circuit in under 1 minute 20 seconds, which is five seconds faster than its predecessor the Enzo, and over 3 seconds faster than the F12berlinetta.

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