Ferrari, the celebrated maker of ultra-luxury cars, has officially entered the hybrid market with its LaFerrari. This limited-edition vehicle, which according to the company will only feature 499 cars, truly exists at the cutting edge of green-friendly automobiles.
A press release from Ferrari, published on March 5, outlined the various specifications of the car. It will feature the automaker's official HY-KERS power train system, which includes a 6262 cc V-12 engine and a 13.5:1 compression ratio. The LaFerrari also sports a 120 Kw electric motor, bringing its total power output to a whopping 963 CV.
According to Ferrari officials, the LaFerrari went through extensive trials to make sure that it is as fast as it is energy-efficient. Diffusers and guide vanes were added to the body of the car to ensure that a little bit of wind doesn't slow the driver down.
"We chose to call this model LaFerrari because it is the maximum expression of what defines our company – excellence. Excellence in terms of technological innovation, performance, visionary styling and the sheer thrill of driving," Ferrari's President, Luca di Montezemolo, said in a statement. "Aimed at our collectors, this is a truly extraordinary car which encompasses advanced solutions that, in the future, will find their way onto the rest of the range, and it represents the benchmark for the entire automotive industry."
With an expected price tag exceeding $1 million, it's unlikely that the average person will get a chance to drive this supercar. However, the development is noteworthy because it shows that automakers of all shapes and sizes are looking at different ways to achieve energy efficiency. As this becomes the norm, you might notice a few more green-friendly vehicles on the roadways.