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Ferrari Unveils World's Fastest (and Most Expensive) Hybrid 222

Posted by timothy
from the green-whooshing dept.
Hugh Pickens writes writes "Fred Meier reports that Ferrari has unveiled its fastest car ever, a nearly 1000 hp. gas-electric hybrid dubbed LaFerrari that does 0-62 mph in less than 3 seconds, 0-124 in less than 7 seconds, 0-186 mph in 15 seconds. "We chose to call this model LaFerrari," says Ferrari's President, Luca di Montezemolo, "because it is the maximum expression of what defines our company – excellence. ...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." LaFerrari is the company's first hybrid and has a system that incorporates technology developed for the Scuderia Ferrari Formula One race car's KERS (kinetic energy recovery system) setup. In LaFerrari, the hybrid (HY-KERS) version uses a 6.26-liter, non-turbo, V-12 gas engine rated at 800 hp coupled with a 163 hp. electric motor for a combined rating of 963 hp. A second, separate electric motor drives the power accessories."
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Ferrari Unveils World's Fastest (and Most Expensive) Hybrid

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  • Re:Can't wait. (Score:5, Informative)

    by timeOday (582209) on Sunday March 10, 2013 @07:08PM (#43133853)
    Massively overpowered cars don't fishtail and spin anymore - at least they don't need to unless the owners choose to turn off the electronics. In the last 5 years, I've watched the motorcycle magazines shift from being very leery of fly-by-wire (or even fuel injection, 10 years ago), to dismissing aging models based mainly on the inferiority or lack of traction control, wheelie control, ABS, and dynamic throttle response. Now real-time suspension tuning is the big thing. Ferrari is obviously deep into F1 where the allowable degree of automation is a matter of constant debate and rule changes every year, so their street cars probably have more electronic control than their race cars do.
  • Re:Can't wait. (Score:4, Informative)

    by jkflying (2190798) on Monday March 11, 2013 @01:43AM (#43135543)

    Any car can suffer from throttle-lift-induced oversteer in a long turn, or the beginning sequence of the Scandinavian Flick, and unexpectedly be flung wildly out of control with an unprepared driver.

    Nope, they route torque to the front wheels and it will understeer instead. Braking induced oversteer/spinouts is non-existent as well, because the moment the back starts sliding out the brakes are released to bring it back in. And all of this is happening hundreds of times a second, so that little patch of gravel/oil/dirt isn't going to cause an issue either. You have to try pretty hard if you want to spin out a car with full 4WD/ESP/ABS/ACRONYM.

An Ada exception is when a routine gets in trouble and says 'Beam me up, Scotty'.