Ferrari has revealed the first photographs of the new convertible LaFerrari hypercar.
The open-top model will only be produced in a limited run, with all available examples already sold. The order book was opened to exclusive clients at a private preview event.
Information about the drop-top is thin on the ground, but what we do know is that it will retain the drivetrain from the standard LaFerrari and there will be no performance compromise for buyers wanting to go roof-down.
That means a 6.2-litre naturally-aspirated V12 engine mounted in the middle of the chassis, and an electric motor to boost output to a staggering 950bhp. In real terms that’s 0-62mph in 2.9 seconds, 0-124mph in 15 seconds, and a top speed of 218mph.
Lopping the roof off a car that can do that sort of speed requires a return to the drawing board for aerodynamicists. Ferrari has tweaked the car’s design to ensure it retains the same drag coefficient when in al fresco mode.
In order to match the coupe’s torsional rigidity and beam stiffness, designers reworked the chassis, making ‘significant and extensive modifications’.
The all-important roof comes as a removable soft top or carbon-fibre hard top.
Speculation has already begun on how the Italian manufacturer will refer to its new roofless hypercar. Recent naming conventions suggest that Spider or Aperta – the latter meaning ‘open’ in Italian – would be a safe bet.
Ferrari says that the car’s full name and technical characteristics will be revealed at the Paris International Motor Show in October 2016.
After completing his university studies in English and Creative Writing in Cardiff, Jack is now a full time motoring writer at Blackball Media. His love of cars stems from his childhood years when he began to live and breathe all-things automotive.
July 6, 2016