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The Ferrari LaFerrari has a weird repeated name, but it’s a whole lot more than that, as you’d expect. The special Ferraris was unveiled at the 2013 Geneva Motor Show and it was built to represent the pinnacle of Ferrari's technological innovation and design prowess. This was 11 years ago and it was the first hybrid supercar from the Italian automaker. The LaFerrari was born from Ferrari's desire to push the boundaries of automotive technology and to demonstrate what could be achieved when the best of modern engineering is combined with the passion and heritage of the Ferrari brand. The name "LaFerrari," which translates to "The Ferrari," signifies the car's status as the ultimate expression of the brand's capabilities. At the heart of the LaFerrari lies a hybrid powertrain that marries a naturally aspirated 6.3-litre V12 engine with an electric motor, producing a combined output of 950 hp (708 kW) and 900 Nm of torque - the V12 engine alone delivers 789 hp (588 kW) at a screaming 9,000 rpm, while the electric motor adds 161 hp (121 kW). This hybrid setup, known as HY-KERS (Hybrid Kinetic Energy Recovery System), is derived from Ferrari's Formula 1 technology, enhancing both performance and efficiency. The LaFerrari's performance figures are nothing short of extraordinary. It can accelerate from 0 to 100 km/h in around 3 seconds, 0 to 200 km/h in under 7 seconds, and has a top speed exceeding 350 km/h. The hybrid system not only provides an instant torque boost but also contributes to a more balanced weight distribution, resulting in exceptional handling and agility. The chassis of the LaFerrari is constructed from four different types of carbon fibre, meticulously hand-laminated and autoclave-cured in Ferrari's F1 facility. This ensures optimal rigidity and weight savings, allowing the LaFerrari to tip the scales at just 1,585 kg. The advanced aerodynamics, including active aerodynamic elements like a deployable rear wing and front diffusers, enable the car to achieve maximum downforce and minimal drag, adapting to driving conditions in real time.

Inside, the LaFerrari offers a driver-focused environment, the cockpit is dominated by a digital instrument cluster and a flat-bottomed steering wheel, which integrates numerous controls inspired by Formula 1. The carbon fibre seats are custom-moulded to each owner's specifications, ensuring an ergonomic driving position. Despite its track-focused nature, the LaFerrari does not compromise on comfort, featuring high-quality materials and advanced infotainment systems. Ferrari limited the production of the LaFerrari to just 499 units, making it one of the most exclusive Ferraris ever made with each car meticulously built to order, with Ferrari working closely with each customer to tailor the car to their personal preferences. This kind of thing is evident on local collector Selwyn Chatz’s LaFerrari which has a South African flag incorporated into the carbon fibre engine bracing. This exclusivity, combined with its groundbreaking technology and performance, has made the LaFerrari a highly sought-after collector's item -  when they eventually come up for sale. In 2016, Ferrari unveiled the LaFerrari Aperta, an open-top variant of the original coupe. The Aperta retained the same hybrid powertrain and performance capabilities but featured a removable carbon fibre roof and a soft top option. Ferrari produced only 210 units of the LaFerrari Aperta, further enhancing its desirability. One of these rare cars is headed to the auction block with the folk from Bonham’s at the upcoming Goodwood Festival of Speed auction, it was delivered new in the UK via H.R. Owen and first registered on 10th October 2014. The car is a special number - 1/499 - and it comes with less than 2,500 km on the odo and is in Rosso Corsa with Neri/Rossi trim. It’s very well-specified and includes Scuderia wing badges, a suspension lifter, a carbon fibre steering wheel with LEDs, carbon fibre dashboard inserts, a carbon fibre central bridge, carbon fibre exterior rear view mirror arms, a carbon fibre rear fog light surround, carbon fibre wheel centre caps, 20" forged matt black wheels, the Cavallino logo stitched into headrests, a painted stripe on the dashboard, Rosso brake calipers, sports exhaust pipes, a telemetry kit and the track camera kit. It’s expected to fetch between R65,000,000 and R79,000,000, which is insane to think, especially since a local chap has TWO of these in his possession, and they make up a small part of his impressive collection. 

Take a look at the YouTube video from a whopping 11 years ago when this special limited-number Ferrari was first introduced to the world as Ferrari's first hybrid supercar: LaFerrari - Official video | Ferrari

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