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The batteries are charged in different ways: under braking (even hard braking
with the ABS active) and every time the V12 produces more torque than required,
such as in cornering. In the latter instance, rather than the being sent to the
wheels, the excess torque is converted to energy and stored in the batteries.
The electric motor is coupled with the F1 dual-clutch gearbox to the benefit of
optimal weight distribution, but also to boosting energy efficiency as torque is
instantly available to the wheels and, vice versa, from the wheels to the
electric motor in recharging.
Active aerodynamics play an essential role, as they allow a complete
adjustability of the car's configuration to attain LaFerrari's exceptional
The engineers' aim was to deliver the highest degree of aerodynamic efficiency
ever achieved with any road car, with a coefficient of nearly 3, thanks to
technical solutions honed with CFD analysis and fine-tuned in the F1 Wind
To boost efficiency, the LaFerrari sports active aerodynamic devices front
(diffusers and guide vane on the underbody) and rear (diffusers and rear
spoiler) which generate downforce when needed without compromising the car's
overall drag coefficient. These devices deploy automatically on the basis of a
number of different performance parameters which are monitored in real time by
the car's dynamic vehicle controls, thus guaranteeing the ideal configuration on
the basis of the driving conditions.
One further innovative aspect of the LaFerrari is the integration of its active
aerodynamics and hybrid system with the other dynamic control systems aboard.
This means the car responds intelligently to driver inputs, making for a
seamless blend of unprecedented performance and unparalleled driving emotions.
Proprietary Ferrari algorithms deliver optimal integration of the electric motor
and V12 for instantaneous response. In cornering, for instance, the HY-KERS
keeps the V12's revs high to guarantee better acceleration on exit.
The LaFerrari's Brembo braking system is also integrated with the hybrid system,
and incorporates several new features, including new lightweight callipers
designed to guarantee correct cooling and carbon-ceramic material (CCM) discs
featuring a new composition.
The car's extreme performance potential called for a different tyre set-up, with
265/30 R 19 Pirelli P-Zeros on the front and 345/30 R 20s on the rear.
All in all the car guarantees maximum driving thrills in every situation and
performance levels are top level: 0-100 km/h in less than 3 seconds and 0-200
km/h in under 7 seconds, a lap time at Fiorano of under 1'20" - 5 seconds faster
than the Enzo and over 3 seconds faster than the F12berlinetta. LaFerrari is
thus the fastest road car in Maranello's long history.
Styling The Ferrari design team led by Flavio Manzoni developed the LaFerrari's
styling working in close synergy with the engineers to emphasise the exacting
link between form and function. The result is an extreme, innovative design
which retains close links to the marque's tradition. This is most evident in its
side profile: the car has a sharp, downward-sloping nose and a very low bonnet
which emphasises its muscular wheelarches, a clear nod to the gloriously
exuberant forms of late-1960s Ferrari sports prototypes.
The LaFerrari's body has been given a sculptural treatment heavily influenced by
its clearly F1-inspired aerodynamics and a tail section that exudes
Inside there's a newly-designed steering wheel sporting all the major commands,
and the gear-shift paddles are now longer and more ergonomic. The signature
bridge on which the F1 gearbox functions are clustered has taken on a sleek,
suspended wing-like shape. The whole interior, in fact, has a fiercely
track-inspired, pared-back allure.
Ferrari LaFerrari: Images, Overview (1/2) and Specs