Julia Piquet presents 5 things you probably didn't know about the LaFerrari


Its electric motor alone produces more power than a Toyota Prius

The LaFerrari is the first production car to be introduced by Ferrari with a hybrid drivetrain. The LaFerrari has a 6.3-liter V12, and produces 788 hp, while the electric motor adds another 161 hp for a total of 949 hp. In addition, strong low-speed torque allows for high-rpm rate for the V12 engine, creating a ceaseless surge of power throughout all speeds, and a torque of over 663 lb-ft.

It's 20% lighter than the Enzo

While the LaFerrari may look visually bigger than the Enzo, it has practically the same dimensions – and it's lighter. The biggest change is outside the wheelbase, as the LaFerrari's front and rear overhangs are better balanced. When viewed from the front and sides, a sharply downward-sloping nose emphasizes the muscular fenders, perhaps paying homage to the Ferrari sports prototypes during the late 1960s and early 1970s.

It can theoretically drive upside down

The LaFerrari was designed in wind tunnel to achieve perfect balance of aerodynamics and downforce. It uses active aerodynamic systems including spoilers and diffusers that automatically extend or retract depending on speed. Theoretically, if all wings and diffusers remain extended, while also driving over 200 mph, the LaFerrari would create so much downforce that it could drive upside down.

A new set of tyres costs around £2300

The front tyres are less expensive, but that's probably because the demand is much higher for rear tyres. I have a feeling that 1000hp channeled through the back wheels easily burns through rubber. Considering that the tyres were specifically developed for this ultra-exclusive hypercar, it is no surprise that a front set cost a little over £380 while the rears are around £670. Track days are not only faster in a LaFerrari, they are much more expensive.

Less than 500 examples were built

It's far rarer than the F40, and it comes in many different colors besides red. This is about as exotic as it gets besides concept cars, one-off special editions, and seed-capital for unknown brands. That's why some examples have increased in value by 500% since they were sold for $1.7 million. You probably won't own one, most won't drive one, many will never see one, but it is still one of the coolest cars of all time.