2014 La Ferrari
With most of the 2014 Ferrari lineup remaining unchanged (the Ferrari California, Ferrari FF, Ferrari F12 Berlinetta, and the Ferrari 458 Italia and 458 Spider, Ferrari has focused much of their efforts on the LaFerrari and the 458 Speciale as new models for 2014.
LaFerrari: The first and rumored not to be the last hybrid to come from Maranello produces 950 horsepower, 789 horsepower are from the 6.3-liter V-12 and the rest are from two electric motors. The LaFerrari also produces an astonishing 516 lb-ft of torque and a top end of 217 mph. Additional examples of awesomeness included in the LaFerrari are a lighter crankshaft, variable-length intake runners, an equal-length six into-one headers hydroformed from Inconel and a seven-speed automated-manual transaxle. With the LaFerrari weighing only 2,800 pounds, that’s a half ton lighter than the well respected F12 Berlinetta, the newest prancing horse is able to hit 0-60 in less than 3 seconds! Improvements to the stability-control system and active aerodynamic elements allow the LaFerrari to handle with 20 percent greater acceleration than the Enzo. The LaFerrari hybrid system consists of two electric motors developed in conjunction with the Fiat Group subsidiary responsible for developing high-technology components: Magneti Marelli. The first motor powers the wheels, while the second powers the accessories. A 120 cell battery pack arranged in eight 15 cell modules is assembled in-house by the Ferrari racing team. The battery pack is charged any time the carbon-ceramic brake discs are applied. No pricing has been announced yet, it’s safe to guess in the upwards of $2 million. For those that are interested in owning one of these will have to act fast, Ferrari is only producing 499 LaFerraris.
458 Speciale: The Ferari 458 Speciale is a naturally aspirated 4.5 liter V-8 has 597 horsepower and 398 lb-ft of torque, making the Ferrari 458 Speciale the highest-output naturally aspirated Ferrari V-8 of all time. The Ferrari 458 Speciale has a 133 horsepower per liter making the 458 Speciale the highest horsepower per liter ratio ever achieved by a naturally aspirated engine manufactured by Ferrari. The Ferrari 458 Speciale has a power-to-weight-ratio of 4.77 pounds per horsepower allowing the Ferrari 458 Speciale to hit 0-60 in 3 seconds flat with a top speed of 202 mph.
Ferrari has updated the algorithm used for the Side Slip Angle Control System (SSC); this allows the 458 Speciale to achieve better car control when being pushed to its limits. By performing real-time analysis of the car’s lateral slip, the Ferrari’s computer system is able to adjust the amount of power being released to assist the driver with completing turns through improved integration within the car’s traction control system and the electronic differential. To maximize results from this setup, the manufacturer worked directly with Michelin to create a special set of tires designed to improve lap times. When the Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 tires were brought out to the Fiorano circuit, the Ferrari 458 Speciale produced lap times of 1.23.5; to help understand what an improvement this is, keep in mind that the LaFerrari tops the speed charts at Fiorano with a 1.20.0 lap time. These improvements to the SSC will allow average drivers to corner and produce lap times previously only achieved by experienced drivers.
No word yet on what the price tag for the Ferrari 458 Speciale will be the rumored price is approximately $330,000.