This is the LaFerrari Aperta – an open top, very special limited run version of the acclaimed LaFerrari hypercar. The car is being shown at the Paris Motor Show 2016 to celebrate 70 years of the iconic Italian marque.
Buyers can choose between a carbon fibre hard top or alternatively a soft canvas top. Power comes from exactly the same unit as the standard car, which is a V12 engine mated with an electric powertrain, giving in excess of 900 horsepowers. Control software has been optimised to offer even more efficiency.
According to Ferrari, one of the biggest challenges was to produce a drop top that could be pushed as hard as the standard car, without performance or dynamics being affected by the missing roof. The Styling Centre’s input was concentrated on retaining as much of the original LaFerrari aesthetic as possible. The flowing line that neatly divides the cockpit from the car body is unchanged with only those elements above the waistline modified. The resulting impact is of a carbon-fibre ‘flying bridge’ hunkered into the main volume.
Performance for all but the racing driver community remains faintly terrifying – the 0-62 miles per hour sprint is demolished in less than 3 seconds. With the roof open and the side windows up, the drag figure is the same as that of the coupe. Now that is a marvel of engineering right there.
We’re pretty sure that Ferrari have unveiled, in the form of the LaFerrari, one of the most desirable coupes (if not the MOST desirable), on the planet. For the car geeks amongst you, here are the official tech specs:
|Total maximum power
|Total maximum torque
|V12 maximum power*
|800 cv @ 9000 rpm
|V12 maximum torque
|700 Nm @ 6750 rpm
|Electric motor output
|120 kW (163 cv)
|over 350 km/h
|Bore and stroke
|94 x 75.2 mm
|41% fr, 59% r
|Tyres (Pirelli P-Zero)
|265/30 – 19
|345/30 – 20
|Carbon ceramic brakes (Brembo)
|398 x 223 x 36 mm
|380 x 253 x 34 mm
|High perf ABS/EBD
|Performance anti-lock system/electronic brake balance
|F1 electronic traction control integrated with the hybrid system
|third generation electronic differential
|magnetorheological damping with twin solenoids (Al-Ni tube)
* with dynamic ram effect