After Geneva, LaFerrari, the Maranello’s hybrid supercar from Ferrari again steals the show and makes everyone stuck at auto Shanghai 2013.
LaFerrari’s Architecture : LaFerrari, the first hybrid from the Prancing Horse has been successful in attaining ideal weight distribution (59% at the rear) and a compact wheelbase despite of extra weight of hybrid system. Consequently, all the mass is shifted between its two axles and as close as possible to the floor to lower its centre of gravity by 35 millimetres to ensure dynamic handling.
HYKERS System : This is the first time Ferrari is powered by HY-KERS system developed by the F1 guys at Gestione Sportiva, which reduces fuel emissions by 40 per cent and operates with an impressive 94 per cent energy efficiency. V12 produces 800 CV and revs to a maximum of 9,250 rpm, a record for an engine of this displacement. It also features an extremely high 13.5:1 compression ratio and a high specific output equal to 128 CV per litre. The engine is coupled with other electric motor to power car’s ancillary systems with a 120 Kw (163 CV) electric motor, giving it a combined power output of 963 CV.
Active Aerodynamics : Active aerodynamics plays a crucial role and enables complete adjustability of the car’s configuration to attain exceptional performance. In order to deliver the highest degree of aerodynamic efficiency ever achieved with any road car – a coefficient of nearly 3. LaFerrari sports active aerodynamic devices front (diffusers and guide vane on the underbody) and rear (diffusers and rear spoiler) which generates downforce.
Dynamic Control Systems : LaFerrari also integrates its active aerodynamics and hybrid system with the other dynamic control systems aboard. In this way, the car is able to instantly respond to driver inputs to attain an unprecedented performance.
Design Intricacies : The Ferrari design team led by Flavio Manzoni has emphasized on attaining balance in style, form and function. The side profile is adorned with muscular wheel arches, downward-sloping nose and a very low bonnet similar to gloriously exuberant forms of late-1960s Ferrari sports prototypes. The sculptural body has F1-inspired aerodynamics and a tail section that flaunts sportiness.
Inside, there’s a new styled steering wheel along with much longer and ergonomic gear-shift paddles. The signature bridge on which the F1 gearbox functions are lined up, flaunts a sleek, suspended wing-like shape.
With production of only 499 units of the model in total, LaFerrari carries forward the family’s tradition of building high-performance cars only for a small number of discerning clients. Thus, out of 499, only 50 will find their way into the hands of owners in Greater China.
Photos of Ferrari’s LaFerrari live from Shanghai Motor Show 2013