Everyone expects the current Ferrari flagship, the LaFerrari, to have a reign at the top of the Ferrari food chain for about a decade. Given the space between previous flagship projects such as the Enzo, this timeline makes the most sense. This hasn’t stopped designers from imaging what the next supercar to take over the world could possibly look like. Independent designer Adriano Raeli has envisioned a “street legal F1 car,” named the Ferrari F80. This is a futuristic design that embodies several very aggressive styling cues to include side mirrors attached to the roof and an insane front grill. Raeli’s design is powered by a twin-turbo V8 that delivers 900 horsepower matched to a 300 horsepower KERS system for a combined power output of 1,200 hp with a 0-60 mph time of just two seconds and a top speed of 310 mph.
Chris Harris has once again taken to the road and later to the track with another amazing supercar. This time Drive magazine has given Harris the newest and most powerful street car to ever be released by Ferrari, the LaFerrari. This video starts with Harris taking the 960 horsepower hybrid supercar out onto the road. Harris seems to be more than impressed the capabilities of the LaFerrari and a little concerned at the same time. Harris decides that the best and safest place to test the limits of Ferrari’s current flagship vehicle would be on Ferrari’s Fiorano test circuit where he manages to drift the hybrid supercar around every turn! Take a look at the video shot for the Cars segment on the Drive’s YouTube channel.
The criterion for purchasing a LaFerrari is rather strict to begin with. One of the prerequisites requires that all applicants have previously purchased two Ferraris new from the dealership, and owned six Ferraris in total over the past ten years. So it is not a surprise that real estate mogul Jon Hunt has a Ferrari 288 GTO, F40, F50 and Enzo in his collection. What is a surprise is that when the call came from the Ferrari factory in Maranello, Hunt decided to use his friends and family to help him drive his entire Ferrari collection from London to Modena to pick up the newest flagship vehicle from Ferrari.
Ex-Van Halen front man, Sammy Hagar has a love for cars that includes no less than 6 Ferraris along with several classics to include some very impressive muscle cars. The Red Rocket recently announced that he was one of the 499 who were fortunate enough to get their hands on Ferrari’s newest flagship model, the LaFerrari. Hagar recently flew over to the Maranello factory in Italy to get fitted for the custom cockpit seat. While he was there Hagar also spent time choosing interior and exterior color combinations for his 950 horsepower hybrid.
“I couldn’t be more excited, and I’m buying it to drive it”, says Hagar. “I suspect I might even have to take some more driving courses to really be able to pilot this baby with confidence. From everything I’ve read about the LaFerrari, you need to recalibrate your brain when you get inside”.
Earlier this year, Ferrari announced that it would expand its current lineup by launching new variants of existing models. This has led to expectations of some various obvious variants such as the Ferrari 458 Scuderia, who would have imagined that Ferrari would produce a spider variant of their first hybrid supercar?
According to Automobile Magazine, Ferrari is planning to produce just 50 examples at double the price of the LaFerrari coupe. If the LaFerrari Spider does make it into production, the supercar would likely consist of a removable roof panel versus the traditional convertible configuration. If produced, the LaFerrari Spider would be the first open-topped Ferrari flagship vehicle since the Ferrari F50, which came exclusively with a removable hardtop.
The LaFerrari Spider is not the only LaFerrari variant expected in 2015 to come out of Maranello. Ferrari is expected to build a track-only version dubbed the LaFerrari XX. Only 30 examples are expected to be made and each is expected to have a power output of 1,050 hp!
It is not possible for an automotive company to hide from the reality that emission reduction is here to stay. As the world embraces going green, the demand for more fuel efficient-eco friendly cars is reshaping the automotive landscape. Car companies must now produce fuel-sipping powerplants if they want to be competitive from this point forward. This can be rather challenging for automotive manufactures that pride themselves on performance and power. Classically speaking, power and fuel economy have not mixed. There is no better example of this than the muscle cars of the 1970s. For Ferrari, the challenge of reducing emissions while improving performance has been viewed as a way for Ferrari to separate itself from the pack and to introduce new models that are equally exciting as they are eco friendly.
Ferrari Powertrain Director Vittorio Dini recently told Automotive News Europe that Ferrari has plans to improve its current average C02 emissions of 270 grams per kilometer by 20 percent by 2021. This would create a new benchmark for the Prancing Horse of 216 grams of C02 per kilometer. “In the future, all of our V8s will use turbos,” explained Dini. For the V12 engines, Ferrari has elected to go with a hybrid system that better suits the V12 engines versus the heat that is created from turbos.
Evidence of this new philosophy can be seen in the new California T that ditches the naturally aspirated engine in favor of a smaller displacement, more powerful turbocharged unit. The LaFerrari is an example of how Ferrari has paired the larger V12 engine with a powerful hybrid system.
As previously stated in this blog, there have been rumors for some time that Ferrari was planning a track-only LaFerrari based FXX and a street-legal variant in convertible. As time passed, the rumor began to look more like fact as other evidence became available. What has remained a mystery is the question of when these two cars will become a reality. According to Car Magazine, Ferrari is expected to launch both vehicles in 2015.
According to Car Magazine, the Spyder FXX is going to be extremely limited with a production run consisting of approximately 50 vehicles and is expected to cost more than the LaFerrari Coupe, possibly costing twice as much.
The track-only version of the LaFerrari FXX will follow in the footsteps of the Enzo-based FXX with only 30 examples being made. These 30 examples will not only be very expensive, they will only be offered to loyal and longtime customers of Ferrari. The LaFerrari-based FXX track edition is expected to be around 1,050 horsepower and capable of delivering much faster performance times than the current LaFerrari.
A remapped ECU allowed JMP Optimering to boost the horsepower of the most powerful naturally-aspirated V-12 engine that Ferrari has ever made from a combined output of 950 hp to a whopping 1,050 hp! The 6.3-liter V12 generates 800 horsepower with the electric motor bringing the total horsepower up to 950 hp before any modifications were made to the ECU. No word on how much this power boost cost the owner or what the reason behind the boost in power was.
The rest of the world has been able to enjoy Ferrari’s new supercar, the LaFerrari for several months now, while those of us in America have only been able to view the 963 horsepower hybrid online. That is, until now, the first LaFerrari to be delivered to North America has finally arrived! Before delivery took place, Ferrari held a special track session at Mount-Tremblant, Quebec, Canada, during the Mount-Tremblant Ferrari festival.
Out of the 499 units that will be produced, 120 of them are making their way to the North America. There is no word yet on when the first LaFerrari will be delivered to the United States, however, the Canadian model is dressed in a stunning shade of red. Those who look close will notice that the North American example of the LaFerrari has been outfitted with side markers, this is due to government regulations requiring side markers to be on all vehicles in the United States and Canada.
Ferrari was not shy about announcing the arrival of the first LaFerrari in Canada, Ferrari took to twitter and YouTube posting video of the supercar turning laps at the Ferrari Festival.
The Ferrari Tribute Tour recently took place on the streets of Italy bringing out over a thousand examples of the prancing horse. This collection represented the newest members of the Ferrari family such as the LaFerrari along with a wonderful display of vintage supercars. The Ferrari experts over at Shmee were on hand to capture all the excitement, their video starts with a LaFerrari chase and ends at the top of a hill surrounded by Ferrari madness.
The first LaFerrari to call London home has made its way to the streets of the English capital. Rumor has it that the owner of this LaFerrari took possession of the supercar at the Ferrari Factory in Maranello and drove it home to the UK. The LaFerrari is considered a sound investment for those who were lucky enough to get their hands on the limited production vehicle. Only 499 examples of Ferrari’s first hybrid exist each carrying a hefty price tag of $1.4 million.
The Ferrari hybrid combines a 6.3-liter V12 engine with an electric motor. The result is an impressive 963 horsepower with 664 ft lbs of torque capable of delivering a 0-60 mph in just 2.9 seconds.
ROSS BRAWN VISITS FERRARI FACTORY IN MARANELLO, CREATING SPECULATION OF POSSIBLE RETURN TO FERRARI F1
Ross Brawn has went out of his way to downplay the significance of his recent visit to the Ferrari factory in Maranello on Monday stating that he was there “with a group of friends as part of a tour of Italy – no more that that!”
Brawn, 59, was the Ferrari Formula 1 technical director during the team’s dominant period of the early 2000s. With his departure as team principal for Mercedes in December, fans are left wondering if this was more than a friendly vacation to see old friends.
A spokesman for Ferrari also downplayed the significance of Brawn being on property by saying that Brawn’s visit was “simply an Italian fantasy tour with friends scheduled for some time.” Brawn and his friends tried out two Ferrari road cars, including the new LaFerrari hybrid supercar on the Ferrari owned Fiorano test track.
Ferrari is off to the worst start in recent history with only one podium finish in the first four races. The lackluster start to the season has resulted in the replacement of team principal Stefano Domenicali with Marco Mattiacci, the former head of Ferrari’s North American road-car division who is a protégé of the top management of parent company Fiat.
There is no doubt that the LaFerrari is a game changer for the future of Ferrari supercars. There have been suggestions in the past by Ferrari president, Luca di Montezemolo that the hybrid technology used in the LaFerrari could make its way into the next-generation of Ferraris. This would be in direct response to increasingly demanding emissions requirements. A series of design patent images recently revealed show that Ferrari is developing a new model, which may be a front-engine turbocharged hybrid that could possibly replace the Ferrari California.
Pictures circulating online after patents were submitted, reveal a vehicle that takes most of its cues from current Ferrari’s, including the front and rear styling of the FF. The lights shown in this illustration are consistent with the lights currently used on the Ferrari 458, F12 Berlinetta and FF. The lower valance displayed in these diagrams appears to be a hybrid between what is found on the Ferrari FF and the F12 Berlinetta. Even with the illustration appearing to show a fixed-roof coupe, there are prominent cut lines in the roof that strongly suggest that a production version could include a removable roof panel or a folding metal hard top, similar to what is currently used on the Ferrari California.
The current Ferrari California is a rear-drive vehicle powered by a naturally aspirated V8 engine that produces 483 horsepower and 375lb-ft of torque capable of doing 0-60 in less than 4 seconds. A slightly disguised Ferrari California was seen testing with what was rumored to be a twin-turbocharged 3.8 liter V8 that is currently found in the Maserati Quattroporte and delivers 523 horsepower and 523lb-ft of torque. These sightings and the release of patent images strongly suggest that we may see a replacement vehicle for the Ferrari California by 2017.