Ferrari’s F1 KERS comes to the road

Ferrari unveiled its next-generation super-duper car Tuesday morning at the 2013 Geneva Auto Show. Welcome, LaFerrari.

No, seriously. LaFerrari.

“We chose to call this model LaFerrari,” said Ferrari President Luca di Montezemolo, “because it is the maximum expression of what defines our company – excellence. Excellence in terms of technological innovation, performance, visionary styling and the sheer thrill of driving. Aimed at our collectors, this is a truly extraordinary car which encompasses advanced solutions that, in the future, will find their way onto the rest of the range, and it represents the benchmark for the entire automotive industry. LaFerrari is the finest expression of our company’s unique, unparalleled engineering and design know-how, including that acquired in Formula 1.”

All the details of the car are here. A few highlights (all from Ferrari’s release):

  • 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. This helped optimise the design: various functions were integrated (e.g. seats and battery compartment) into the chassis to improve torsional rigidity (+27%) and beam stiffness (+22%) whilst cutting weight.
  • The LaFerrari is the first car in Ferrari history to be powered by the HY-KERS system. The ICE represents the pinnacle of engine development and research, with a 6262 cc V12 that punches out 800 CV and revs to a maximum of 9,250 rpm, a record for an engine of this displacement. It also features a very high 13.5:1 compression ratio and a high specific output equal to 128 CV per litre. The engine is coupled with a 120 Kw (163 CV) electric motor, giving it a combined power output of 963 CV.
  • Active aerodynamics play an essential role, as they allow a complete adjustability of the car’s configuration to attain LaFerrari’s exceptional performance. The engineers’ aim was to deliver the highest degree of aerodynamic efficiency ever achieved with any road car, with a coefficient of nearly 3, thanks to technical solutions honed with CFD analysis and fine-tuned in the F1 Wind Tunnel.

And then there’s this most important feature of all:

Styling The Ferrari design team led by Flavio Manzoni developed the LaFerrari’s styling working in close synergy with the engineers to emphasise the exacting link between form and function. The result is an extreme, innovative design which retains close links to the marque’s tradition. This is most evident in its side profile: the car has a sharp, downward-sloping nose and a very low bonnet which emphasises its muscular wheelarches, a clear nod to the gloriously exuberant forms of late-1960s Ferrari sports prototypes.
The LaFerrari’s body has been given a sculptural treatment heavily influenced by its clearly F1-inspired aerodynamics and a tail section that exudes uncompromising sportiness.
Inside there’s a newly-designed steering wheel sporting all the major commands, and the gear-shift paddles are now longer and more ergonomic. The signature bridge on which the F1 gearbox functions are clustered has taken on a sleek, suspended wing-like shape. The whole interior, in fact, has a fiercely track-inspired, pared-back allure.

Oh, man, I thought they meant THE Flavio at first. Oh well.

I’m sure Todd will quickly find photos of this beauty for you. He obviously has me on a short photo string due to that Giancarlo incident.

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Here are the tech specs:



HY-KERS system
Total maximum power963 CV
Total maximum torque>900 Nm
V12 maximum power*800 CV @9000 rpm
Maximum revs9250 rpm
V12 maximum torque700 Nm @6750 rpm
Electric motor output120 Kw (163 CV)
CO2 emissions**330 g/km

Maximum speedover 350 km/h
0-100 km/h<3 sec
0-200 km/h<7 sec
0 – 300 km/h15 sec

Type65-deg. V12
Bore and stroke94 x 752 mm
Total displacement6262 cc
Compression ratio13.5:1
Specific power128 CV/l

Length4702 mm
Width1992 mm
Height1116 mm
Wheelbase2650 mm
Weight distribution41% fr, 59% r

7-speed DCT

Frontdouble wishbones

Tyres(Pirelli P-Zero)
Front265/30 – 19
Rear345/30 – 20

Carbon ceramic brakes (Brembo)
Front398 x 223 x 36 mm
Rear380 x 253 x 34 mm

Electronic controls
ESCstability control
High performance ABS/EBDPerformance anti blockage system/electronic brake balance
EF1-TracF1 electronic traction control integrated with the hybrid system
E-Diff 3third generation electronic differential
SCM-E Frsmagnetorheological damping with twin solenoids (Al-Ni tube)

* with dynamic ram effect
**Undergoing homologation

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