Ferrari LaFerrari – The Most Evocative Hybrid Hypercar In The World

The Ferrari LaFerrari – or just LaFerrari if you will – is the apogee of Ferrari’s current roadcar programme: a carbon, two-seat hypercar that melds a 6.3-litre Ferrari V12 with a KERS-esque battery pack and electric motor to give 950bhp and 663lb ft of torque. As you might expect, it drives like the best Ferrari ever made.

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Which in terms of useable horsepower, it is. Only 499 have been built. A car so fantastic the company decided to make it definitive (it is literally called The Ferrari).

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You’d think getting on for a thousand horses would make the LaFerrari all but undriveable on the road, but it simply doesn’t. The V12 has been optimized for high-rev horsepower, the resulting hole in the torque curve (the V12 engine doesn’t do its best work until north of 5,000rpm) filled by the electric motor. That means instant throttle response, razored responses and the most natural-feeling hybrid in existence.

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Carbon and lots of it. The ‘seats’ are actually just pads attached to the carbon tub, with the controls adjusting to suit. The pads are bespoke-fitted to the driver, and you sit shoulders low and knees high, like in a racing car. Saying that, it’s very comfortable, and vision is good. There’s a full digital dash, swathes of Alcantara and not an awful lot else. The only thing you should really be interested in is the steering wheel, which houses the big red – slightly tacky – button to rouse the drivetrain and the Manettino dial.

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It boasts the most extreme performance ever achieved by a Ferrari production car and features the most advanced and innovative technical solutions which will, in the future, filter down to the rest of the Ferrari range.The LaFerrari represents Ferrari’s most ambitious project yet to push the boundaries of technology on a road car, drawing together the finest expression of the marque’s technical capabilities in both GT and Formula 1 engineering.

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Powertrain

Engine type V12
Displacement 6.3 l (384 ci)
Power 963 ps (950 bhp / 708 kw) @ 9250 rpm
Torque 900 Nm (664 lb-ft) @ 6750 rpm
Power / liter 153 ps (151 hp)
Transmission 7-speed DCT
Layout middle engine, rear wheel drive
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