The Ferrari LaFerrari, was introduced in 2013 as the spiritual successor to the Ferrari Enzo. Only 400 units of the latter have been produced between 2002 and 2004, while no more than 499 LaFerrari will be built and sold.
As usual with the Ferrari limited edition top-of-the-line models, only customers who have already bought multiple Ferrari models are invited to buy these cars. Still, they are sold out quickly as there are at least twice as many interested buyers as the Italians will build.
The LaFerrari is the brand’s first hybrid electric sports car, equipped with a Formula 1-style Kinetic Energy Recovery System (KERS), that can temporarily boost the power of the 800 hp (588 kW, 789 bhp) 6,3 liter V12 engine with another 163 hp (120 kW; 161 bhp). Combined torque of the combustion engine and the electric motor is 900 Nm (664 Lb-ft). In contrast with most other gasoline-electric hybrid cars, the system is primarily developed for additional power to the V12 engine by the electric motor, and the car is unable to run in full-electric mode only.
But the powertrain is not the only part of the super sports car to be developed with F1-technology. The LaFerrari features a carbon fibre monocoque structure, which gives the car 27% more torsional rigidity than the Enzo. And the front suspension is a double wishbone layout, also developed in Formula 1.
The main competitors to the LaFerrari are the McLaren P1 and Porsche 918 Spyder, both have been introduced in 2013 as well and both offer similar gasoline-hybrid powertrains. Only 375 units will be built of the McLaren, while the Porsche production will be limited to 918 units. These also have been sold out quickly.