Ferrari LaFerrari is the Oddly Named Enzo-Successor
As we've said before, American car enthusiasts may fawning over the new Corvette, but for world-class supercar fans, the 'Vette is provincial kids play. No, fans of true hyper cars have been looking forward to the Ferrari Enzo successor. While speculation was that the name would oddly be F150, the actual name is even odder. Ladies and gentlemen, meet the Ferrari LaFerrari. You read correctly. Though the name is strange and redundant, you cannot argue with the performance numbers here. 789 horsepower from a 6.3-liter V12, plus a 160-horsepower electric motor combine for a total of 949 horsepower and 663 pound feet of torque. Zero to sixty is done under three seconds, reaching a top speed of 205 miles per hour.
That electric motor is part of the KERS, or Kinetic Energy Recovery System. Like the similar system used on Formula 1 racecars, it is regenerative breaking that allows for extra power on demand. That hybrid-type setup is combined with a hand-laminated, carbon fiber chassis and active aerodynamics for optimal performance, handling, and even potentially improved fuel economy.
Frankly, all we think of when we hear "LaFerrari" is "Le Car," an American-sold version of the Renault 5. That's probably not the vehicle Ferrari would like us to conjure upon hearing the name. Perhaps Ferrari should have stuck with F150 as its name. We got over that pretty quickly after watching this video: