The Prancing Horse has released first images of the open-top version of its latest supercar, LaFerrari, prior to its Paris Motor Show debut. These are the first photographs of the LaFerrari, the new limited-edition special series aimed at clients and collectors who refuse to compromise on the joy of ‘al fresco’ driving even when at the wheel of a supercar.
The name and technical characteristics of the new car will be announced at the Paris International Motor Show, as will the number of examples Ferrari will build. However, all available examples have already been sold after a special preview to clients and the order book is closed.
LaFerrari open-top limited-edition special series will be available with a removable carbon-fiber hard top and a removable soft top. It has the same running gear and performance figures as the original LaFerrari, sporting a 800 cv V12 (with a specific power output of 128 cv/l) coupled with a 120 kW electric motor (163 cv), unleashing 963 CV in total.
Significant and extensive modifications have been made to the chassis with the aim of retaining the same torsional rigidity and beam stiffness as the Coupé version. The car’s aerodynamics have also been further honed to guarantee the same drag coefficient when driving in the open configuration.
LaFerrari’s premiere at Geneva Motor show
First unveiled at the 2013 Geneva Motor Show, the LaFerrari is derived to an ideal weight distribution (59% at the rear) and a compact wheelbase despite the extra bulk of the hybrid system. The result is that all of the masses are situated between the car’s two axles and as close as possible to the floor to lower its center of gravity (by 35 mm) and thereby guarantee dynamic handling and compact dimensions.
The LaFerrari is the first car in Ferrari history to be powered by the HY-KERS system. The ICE represents the pinnacle of engine development and research, with a 6262 cc V12 that punches out 800 CV and revs to a maximum of 9,250 rpm, a record for an engine of this displacement. It also features a very high 13.5:1 compression ratio and a high specific output equal to 128 CV per liter. The engine is coupled with a 120 Kw (163 CV) electric motor, giving it a combined power output of 963 CV and 700 Nm @ 6750 rpm of torque. This allows for a 0 – 100 km/h sprint in under 3 seconds and a top speed of over 350 km/h.