Car of the Week #7

2014 Ferrari La Ferrari

2014 Ferrari LaFerrari 

A mouth-watering mix of mid-engined marvels will feature at this September’s Concours of Elegance, headlined by the sensational LaFerrari ‘hypercar.’

Revealed to huge fanfare at the 2013 Geneva Motor Show, Ferrari’s LaFerrari is the Maranello marque’s latest state-of-the-art hypercar, following a rich bloodline of ultra-exotic limited production models from the celebrated Italian sports car maker, including the 288 GTO, F40, F50 and Enzo.

Despite being Ferrari’s fastest production road car of all time (with a claimed top speed of 217 mph/350 km/h), this 950 bhp hybrid supercar is also one of its most economical, using 40 percent less fuel than a ‘regular’ V12.  LaFerrari mates an 800 bhp 6.3-litre V12 internal combustion engine with an electric KERS motor – perfected in F1 racing, and producing an additional 150 bhp – to provide extra thrust during acceleration.  This catapults the car from 0-62mph in under three seconds, making LaFerrari nearly as fast as a modern Formula 1 car, while also trimming emissions and fuel consumption.

The total LaFerrari production run of 499 examples, each priced at over £1 million, sold out instantly, and the example set to join 60 other rare and outstanding cars at Hampton Court Palace from 5-7 September will be one of the very first to be delivered to its lucky owner.

LaFerrari will be joined by other exciting and exclusive mid-engined supercars at the 2014 Concours.  These will include the actual 1966 Le Mans 24 Hours race winning Ford GT40, plus two rare 1970 prototypes; the wild one-off Bertone Lancia Stratos Zero, with interior entry via its windscreen, plus one of only six AMC AMX/3 prototypes.