Green Eyed Monster
This is the most powerful and most expensive model ever to leave the Ferrari factory but it’s also the greenest. LaFerrari is the company’s first hybrid car but being Ferrari, they’ve managed to use its technology to extract even more power.
“Here’s the keys to our $2million car and there’s the empty race track, now go and have some fun.”
That was pretty much the extent of the instructions given by Ferrari’s minders when we were invited to get behind the wheel of the company’s iconic hypercar, the 6.3-litre, 950bhp, hybrid, V12 LaFerrari at the factory’s test circuit in Fiorano, Italy.
Only 499 examples have been commissioned and buyers have to be ‘invited’ to purchase a car only after satisfying certain criteria such as showing proof that they’ve bought two new Ferraris recently, purchased six in the past decade and somehow prove that they are not a speculator. It also helps if they can show a valid, FIA motor racing licence.
With this kind of pressure, the palms were sweaty and the throat was dry, long before the security gates swung open to let us on to the hallowed Formula One test track. [To be continued...]
It’s the latest in a long line of very special Ferraris, the ones that even Ferrari owners aspire to buying. The LaFerrari is the supercar of our generation and we were the first to drive it.
When you get an email from Ferrari inviting you to its factory in Maranello you never say no. But when that invite includes track time driving the LaFerrari and an afternoon in the hills you jump on the next plane.
LaFerrari is the most powerful Ferrari ever to leave the factory, and that includes every race car it has made. But it is also a hybrid so it should keep the green people happy and it also happens to be the most expensive road car ever to wear the Prancing Horse badge.
With a seat that’s literally molded around your backside, you sit lower and you feel every nuance of the road and what the car is doing as it sends messages through the carbon tub that’s made by the F1 team and baked in the same Autoclave ovens shared with the GP cars, directly to your derriére.
Each lap completed brought with it huge leaps of confidence in the car’s potential. Unlike other hybrids and its competitors, the Porsche 918 Spyder and McLaren P1, the electric motor assisting the V12 is always running which means that the immediate acceleration is nothing short of explosive. [To be continued...]