Ferrari’s latest supercar, which serves as the replacement for the Enzo, is nothing short of special, so much that the makers have decided to call it the LaFerrari, literally translated as ‘The Ferrari’. Blindingly fast, extremely exotic, a hefty price tag et all – the LaFerrari has everything it takes to be the ultimate hybrid supercar in the making.
Talking about specs, the first factor that needs to be mentioned is of course, being a hybrid, the LaFerrari uses lesser amount of fuel, emits fewer grams of CO2 and accelerates from 0 to 60 in under 3 seconds. All surplus power produced by the engine is tapped and redirected to a battery pack, and then to two electric motors. While one motor provides a boost to the V12 gasoline engine, the other drives the accessories. It is the LaFerrari’s HY-KERS (hybrid kinetic energy recovery system) system, which runs along with the engine that ensures that all these processes are well followed.
KERS works towards tapping and recycling excess energy that otherwise gets wasted, just like what any other hybrid technology would do. In addition to that, KERS also adds power on top of what the combustion engine produces. The system channels the energy to a pair of battery packs bolted to the carbon fiber frame of the vehicle. While one pack is used for the propulsion system, the other is used to provide power to other accessories that include the radiator fan, windshield wipers and the air conditioning amongst others.
The total amount of torque generated by the LaFerrari’s engine sums up to more than 900 Nm. A constant supply of exceptional power is produced throughout the rev range, thanks to the internal combustion engine’s performance at higher revs. In order to provide the highest amount of energy density possible for this kind of application, the batteries have been optimized down to weigh just 60 kg. The batteries are charged in two different ways – under conditions of braking, even when the ABS is active, and every time the V12 produces more torque than required, such as in cases of cornering.
Having scared off most who run for cover at the sight of the technical mumbo-jumbo in first part of the write-up , let’s save the best part for the true loyalists who continued to read on – let’s talk about the styling. From the looks of it, one can immediately identify the unmistakable aerodynamic structure of the car. Ferrari claims that the car delivers ‘the highest degree of aerodynamic efficiency ever achieved with any road car’. To go along with it, Ferrari has also thrown in front and rear diffusers, an underbody guide vane and an active rear spoiler, which generates downforce only when required without compromising on the car’s overall drag coefficient. In order to complement the car’s extreme performance levels, Ferrari has gone for 265/30 R 19 Pirelli P-Zeros tyres in the front and 345/30 R 20s at the rear.
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