FOR this weeks blog, we will be looking at the latest hypercar to come from the mad scientists at Maranello. Welcome to the 2014 Ferrari LaFerrari.
If you didn't already know, the LaFerrari is Ferrari's latest flagship model, succeeding the almighty Enzo, F50, F40 and the 288 GTO.
When companies bring out a new flagship, they usually increase the power by about 37kW (50 hp) or so to encourage customers the extra money to purchase the vehicle is worth it, but not in this case.
When the Enzo was first released 12 years ago in 2002, it featured a 485kW (651hp) 12-cylinder engine, which still today is a lot of power.
But that is not all…
It features a Formula 1 derived HY-KERS system connected to the engine which can produce an additional 120kW (161hp) and 200 Nm of torque (148 lb-ft of torque) along with the V12.
These two units work together to give this Ferrari a total power output of 708kW (950hp) and over 900Nm of torque (664 lb-ft of torque).
Connected to Ferrari's most powerful engine ever put into a road car is the superb seven-speed dual-clutch automated manual transmission which then sends the full 708kW to just the rear wheels.
The LaFerrari also has a dry weight of just 1255 kilograms, which means this model creates about 757hp per tonne… this is compared to the Bugatti Veyron SS, which makes 643hp per tonne.
All of these figures seem amazing on paper, but what about when you actually put it to the test?
Well, in short, it can accelerate from 0-100kmh in less than 2.9 seconds, 0-200 kilometres per hour in under seven seconds and it will keep going until it reaches its top speed of more than 350 kilometres per hour (217 miles per hour).
Ferrari will only produce 499 LaFerrari's for their most valued customers, and they will only be making them in left-hand drive.
Jesse See is a teenage car enthusiast. His blogs and website can be found at www.jessesee.com