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Covering Sports cars & Supercars

The Design of Speed

La Ferrari

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Our newest category is "Hot Hybrids," which we'll review all of the currently available electric/ICE combinations that were designed for speed. There is a little truth to the rumor we chose this category because it gives us another opportunity to drool over this car.

Let's get into La Ferrari's unique drivetrain. The internal combustion engine is a 789 horsepower, 6.3 liter V12, certainly enough by itself to power any top of the line supercar. But then Ferrari combines this beast with a 161 horsepower KERS unit (Kinetic Energy Recovery System), giving the car a combined output of 950 horsepower.

This is not your average Prius power supply.

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Ferrari claims that La Ferrari has a top speed of 217 mph, and that it has lapped their Fiorano test circuit faster than any other road-going production car. Ever.

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From a design standpoint, La Ferrari is unique in that it received no input from longtime Ferrari collaborator Pininfarina. Flavio Manzoni and the Ferrari design center had a daunting task to create a car that looks like the future, but still appeals to traditional Ferrari collectors. The only gripe we have is the headlights, which appear to be lifted directly from the 458/488 series. Otherwise, La Ferrari, more than any other Italian exotic, appears to be what a Formula One car would look like with fenders and a two-abreast cockpit.

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