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Geneva Motor Show 2013: LaFerrari

Ferrari's much anticipated Enzo-replacement, for so-long codenamed the F150, has been unveiled in Geneva, and boasts some amazing numbers: 963bhp with its HY-KERS hybrid system, 0-186mph in 15 seconds, and a price of is charging €1,300,000 - or £1,040,000. It will go head-to-head with the McLaren P1.

Ferrari has confirmed that just 499 LaFerraris will be built, but won't say what the car's maximum speed is, saying that it's an irrelevance. And in this market, it probably is - as neither this, nor the McLaren P1 will get near to Bugatti's probably unassailable advantage (267mph) in this area with the Veyron.

But the LaFerrari - so called because Luca di Montezemolo says 'it is the maximum expression of what defines our company – excellence' - boasts HY-KERS, a naturally-aspirated 6.3-litre V12, and Formula 1-inspired active aerodynamics. We know the headline figures already, just just as important are that the LaFerrari puts out 330g/km of CO2 - but without the full-electric drive that the McLaren P1 enjoys. 

The LaFerrari is underpinned by a carbonfibre tub (which uses four different types of this material), giving this mid-engined hypercar excellent weight distribution: 59:41 front-rear. The HY-KERS system is mounted within the wheelbase - as well as its V12 - all in the interests of delivering the best dynamics.

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There will be much talk about HY-KERS, but the 6262cc V12 is huge advantage over McLaren's Ricardo-developed 3.8-litre twin-turbo V8 used in the P1. It develops 789bhp and revs to 9250rpm - and we know that in its base form in the F12, it's a an epic engine. Combined with HY-KERS, though, that jumps to 950bhp.  

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 Formula 1 car is also made. Ferrari’s expertise allowed considerable savings in weight and size of the individual components and the batteries weigh just 60 kg while providing the highest energy density possible for this kind of application.

The electric motor is coupled with the F1 dual-clutch gearbox to the benefit of optimal weight distribution, but also to boosting energy efficiency as torque is instantly available to the wheels and, vice versa, from the wheels to the electric motor in recharging.

Styling has been overseen by Flavio Manzoni with input from Pininfarina, and it's a clever combination of 458 Italia, F12, and a number of historic racers in the company's long history. This link with the past is an essential part of Ferrari's current appeal - and marketing - and overall, the result is very much in keeping with the market it's aimed for: so it's striking with huge presence, but not the last word in beauty.

But none of this matters, as Ferrari has already confirmed that the majority of the 499 cars to be built have already found owners - and will be built over the course of two years following its on-sale date, most likely this autumn.  

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Specifications

Total maximum power 950bhp
Total maximum torque  >900 Nm
V12 maximum power* 789bhp@9000 rpm
Maximum revs 9250rpm
V12 maximum torque 700Nm @6750rpm
Electric motor output  120Kw (163bhp)
CO2 emissions** 330g/km

Performance

Maximum speed   Over 350km/h
0-100 km/h <3 sec
0-200 km/h <7 sec
0-300 km/h 15 sec

Internal combustion engine

Type  65-deg. V12
Bore and stroke 94 x 752 mm
Total displacement 6262 cc
Compression ratio 13.5:1
Specific power 128 bhp per litre

Dimensions

Length    4702 mm
Width 1992 mm
Height  1116 mm
Wheelbase 2650 mm
Weight distribution 41% fr, 59% r
   
Gearbox  
7-speed DCT  

Suspension

Front double wishbones
Rear  multi-link
   
Tyres (Pirelli P-Zero)  
Front 265/30 - 19
Rear  345/30 - 20
 
Carbon ceramic brakes (Brembo)
Front  398 x 223 x 36 mm
Rear   380 x 253 x 34 mm

Electronic controls

ESC  stability control
High perf ABS/EBD Performance anti blockage system/electronic brake balance
EF1-Trac F1 electronic traction control integrated with the hybrid system
E-Diff 3  third generation electronic differential
SCM-E Frs magnetorheological damping with twin solenoids (Al-Ni tube)
Aerodynamics  active

* with dynamic ram effect
**Undergoing homologation

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