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2014 Ferrari LaFerrari
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2014 Ferrari LaFerrari
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2014 Ferrari LaFerrari

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PROVENANCE Private Owner, Texas (acquired new via Boardwalk Ferrari in 2015) Current Owner (acquired from the above) THIS CAR Is there a superlative that hasn’t been applied to Ferrari’s newest flagship, the LaFerrari? The name itself, translated bluntly as “The Ferrari,” suggests it is the definitive creation of the legendary Italian automaker. Stunningly fluid in its design, the LaFerrari is technologically sophisticated to an extent that seems otherworldly. The word “supercar” itself, arguably born with Ferrari’s 288 GTO and passed on to its descendant F40, F50, and Enzo models, no longer seems sufficient when describing the LaFerrari. The magic begins in the engine. Applying Formula 1 race technology, the LaFerrari’s mid-engine, 6.3-liter, 800 hp V-12 uses a variable-length intake runner that tunes combustion based upon engine speed. Augmenting the V-12’s output is the hybrid technology Ferrari calls HY-KERS (Kinetic Energy Recovery System). A 163 hp electric motor works in conjunction with the naturally aspirated V-12 to add torque where required in the power band, with as much as 663 lbs./ft. at peak transmitted to the seven-speed paddle-shift transaxle. With this system, throttle response and immediate torque output have been improved drastically over the Enzo. For efficiency, KERS uses the energy from braking and traction-assist to recharge a set of 120 proprietary lightweight lithium-ion batteries carried low in the LaFerrari’s chassis. Ferrari estimates that for every 1.2" the center of gravity is lowered, the equivalent of 50 hp is gained in terms of racetrack lap times, thus making battery design and placement critical. The volumetric, combustion, and mechanical efficiencies achieved allow the engine to spin to an incredible 9,250 rpm and a stated total of 800 hp, making it the most powerful engine ever put into a road-going Ferrari. The carbon fiber passenger compartment is handlaid using four different grades of cloth, which are then vacuum-baked in an autoclave alongside the F1 cars in Maranello. Kevlar is used in the floor pan to protect the car from road debris and damage. The seat shell, again as a nod to lower CG, is formed directly into the monocoque and fitted with custom padding. The pedal box and steering wheel are fully adjustable for driver comfort. A 12" digital dash display can be switched from a traditional gauge layout to a competition format, with onboard race telemetry software for logging track performance. Extended paddle shifters and a squared-off, racing-style steering wheel complete the purposeful cabin. New Brembo anti-lock carbon ceramic disc brakes were engineered to be lighter, shed heat faster, and fully integrate with dynamic controls and regenerative systems. Interfacing with the dynamic controls is an active aerodynamics feature that constantly adjusts front and rear spoilers, diffusers, and underbody guide vanes to optimum configuration for accelerating, cornering, or hard braking. Ferrari broke with tradition on the body design of the LaFerrari, bypassing longtime collaborator Pininfarina to produce the design in-house. With the LaFerrari, the firm established a strong, forward-looking template for its next generation of cars. A production run of 499 cars sold out almost immediately upon announcement of the project, with one final car produced by the factory as a fundraiser for the earthquakes experienced in central Italy in August 2016. Delivered in the striking special-order color scheme of Giallo Tristrato, a custom shade of yellow, over a black interior with yellow trim, this LaFerrari was purchased by its first, Dallas-based owner through Boardwalk Ferrari in Plano, Texas, in 2015. It came optioned with numerous carbon fiber pieces including fog lamps, roof, lower spoilers, outer mirrors, and wheel caps. Inside, the headrests wear optional Ferrari emblem stitching, and the dash is fitted with an Italian flag. Other options include a sport exhaust system, black painted wheels and, importantly, its head-turning color, itself a $31,206 indulgence. According to the car’s window sticker, the options alone totaled an extraordinary $136,358. The Ferrari was purchased by the consignor in 2016, showed a scant 975 miles at the time of cataloguing, and comes with its original window sticker, luggage, car cover, and manuals. Also included with the car are its full complement of accessories, including tool kit, gloves, battery charger, wheel socket, tire inflator, tire repair sealant, telemetry fob, and instructions. Ferrari has expressed a bold future with the hybrid powerplant pioneered in the LaFerrari, and future collectors may one day value this car as the first of its generation. But in this moment, it is a cutting-edge machine with exhilarating performance and visuals – a pinnacle of automotive evolution, accessible to a fortunate few. classic car
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