Ferrari’s first road-legal hybrid, the LaFerrari, is currently undergoing its final testing stages.
In fact, Inhabitat reports that a majority of the vehicles have already been pre-purchased, since Ferrari will only be selling 499 units of the sports car. The sticker price of the high-end luxury vehicle is listed at $1.69 million.
Although other high-end brands have offered hybrid/electric options for their consumerslike Mercedes Benz, Tesla, Porsche, and Lexusadding Ferrari to this list is a major accomplishment for the green car industry.
Ferrari claims that the LaFerrari has a top speed of over 220 mph. In addition, the company states that the sports car can accelerate from 0-62 mph in under 3 seconds, and can reach 124 mph in just 7. The LaFerrari is capable of 949 total horsepower and has 663 lb-ft of torque. Credit: Ferrari.
The LaFerrari was originally unveiled at the Geneva Auto Show in March of this year.
“We chose to call this model LaFerrari,” said Ferrari’s president, Luca di Montezemolo, “because it is the maximum expression of what defines our companyexcellence. Excellence in terms of technological innovation, performance, visionary styling and the sheer thrill of driving. Aimed at our collectors, this is a truly remarkable car which encompasses advanced solutions that, in the future, will find their way onto the rest of the range, and it represents the benchmark for the entire automotive industry. LaFerrari is the finest expression of our company’s unique, unparalleled engineering and design know-how, including that acquired in Formula 1.”
The LaFerrari is powered by a 6.3-liter, V12 engine that is coupled with an electric motor and a seven-speed transmission. The engine uses a multi-spark system to increase combustion efficiency, and several systems to cool the engine oil, the inverters, and dc-dc converter in order to increase thermal efficiency.
Ferrari claims that these and other technologies have helped to cut the fuel consumption of the LaFerrari by 40%.
Journalist Jason Lancaster at Motor Annex notes that this is an “incredible” achievement. When “comparing this vehicle to the original Viper V10, LaFerrari will generate more than twice the power while burning less than half the amount of fuel,” he writes.
Carbon dioxide emissions of the LaFerrari are rated at 330 g/km, according to the luxury-brand automaker.