The World Premiere at the Paris Motor Show
Paris, 29 September 2016 – Technological excellence, performance, style, exclusivity. These are Ferrari’s unique core values which are perfectly represented by the car launched to mark the 70th anniversary of the foundation of the company. Designed for Ferrari’s most passionate clients, the LaFerrari Aperta is the new limited-edition special series, an open-top version of the acclaimed LaFerrari supercar.
Available with both a carbon-fibre hard top (optional) and soft top, the LaFerrari Aperta boasts the same specification and characteristics as the LaFerrari, combining extraordinary performance with the unique exhilaration of open-top driving. It is equipped with the same hybrid power unit as the coupé: an 800 cv 6,262cc V12 engine (specific power output of 128 cv/l, compression ratio 13.5:1) coupled with a 120 kW electric motor for a total power output of a 963 cv. The powertrain control software has been optimised to increase its overall efficiency thanks to the experience Maranello’s engineers gained with LaFerrari. The dynamic control systems integrated with the active aerodynamics remain unchanged.
The biggest challenge involved in designing the LaFerrari Aperta was to produce a convertible that could be pushed to the same extreme limits as the coupé. The Styling Centre’s input was concentrated on retaining as much of the original LaFerrari aesthetic as possible. The flowing line that neatly divides the cockpit from the car body is unchanged with only those elements above the waistline modified. The resulting impact is of a carbon-fibre ‘flying bridge’ hunkered into the main volume.
Engineering development focused on the chassis and aerodynamics and produced absolutely astounding results. The LaFerrari Aperta delivers the same top speed of over 350 km/h, accelerating from 0 to 100 km/h in in under 3 seconds and 0 to 200 km/h in 7.1 seconds. It also delivers the same torsional rigidity and beam stiffness characteristics, as well as dynamic performance levels. Modifications to the aerodynamic set-up ensure that, with the roof open and the side windows up, the drag figure is unaffected compared to that of the coupé.
Special attention was focused on the unique experience of open-top driving. The coupé’s blistering performance feels heightened to superb effect in the LaFerrari Aperta. The absence of the roof delivers a genuinely exhilarating experience with the hybrid power unit providing a heady soundtrack. A sophisticated wind-stop system, designed to improve aerodynamic and acoustic comfort, means occupants can easily carry on a conversation even at high speeds.
The LaFerrari Aperta’s powertrain, which is the same as the LaFerrari’s, uses hybrid technology. It couples an 800 cv 6262cc V12 with a 120 kW (163 cv) electric motor for a total output of 963 cv. Thanks to the HY-KERS system, it is the most high-performance and efficient Ferrari ever built.
Making full use of Ferrari’s F1 expertise with KERS systems further evolved for use on road cars, the V12 is perfectly integrated with the electric motor, seamlessly blending the advantages of both. The high levels of torque available at low revs from the electric motor allowed the engineers to optimise the internal combustion engine’s performance at higher revs, thus providing exceptional, continuous power throughout the rev range and a maximum torque peak of 900 Nm.
Coupled with the F1 DCT, the electric motor was designed employing High Specific Power Density technology which enabled the engineers to drastically reduce weight and volume in relation to available torque. The result is performance figures comparable to those of the F1 car, with the same torque density and the same efficiency (94%) or, in other words, very limited power dissipation.
The batteries consist of 120 cells assembled into eight modules, with a power output that’s the equivalent of 40 traditional batteries but weighing just 60 kg. The batteries are charged in two different ways: under braking – even hard braking when the ABS intervenes, such as when driving on a track – and every time the V12 produces more torque than required, such as in cornering. The Hybrid Power Unit is essentially the HY-KERS system brain and controls power delivery from both the V12 and the electric motor via two inverters and two DC-DC converters. Variable-frequency control makes torque delivery rapid and precise.
An auxiliary engine also replaces the traditional alternator, shaving off further weight and reducing overall package dimensions.
The 6,262 cc V12 is the most powerful naturally-aspirated engine ever sported by a road-going Ferrari. It punches out 800 cv and spins to 9,250 rpm, to deliver absolutely extraordinary performance, driving thrills and an unmistakable Ferrari sound. These unprecedented results are the product of meticulous honing of the engine’s volumetric, mechanical and combustion efficiency.
To boost volumetric efficiency, the V12 employs continuously variable-length intakes – a mainstay in F1 engine technology until banned by rule changes – which optimise performance as a function of engine speed. Similarly, the torque and power curves are optimised across the rev range. The hybrid powertrain generates total torque in excess of 900 Nm: the instantaneous torque from the electric motor is employed at lower revs and V12 engine power and torque is optimised at higher revs. The V12’s peak torque of 700 Nm is, in fact, developed at 6,750 rpm.
Additionally, the entire intake system – from the dynamic air intakes on the top of the rear wheelarches to the intake plenum – was designed to maximise internal fluid-dynamics. The engine also boasts a very high 13.5:1 compression ratio for maximum combustion chamber efficiency.
The engine’s soundtrack plays a huge role in its emotional impact: meticulous tuning has resulted in a full, harmonious sound that’s more intoxicating than ever. The equal-length 6-into-1 exhaust system was hydroformed using Inconel as in F1 to help keep overall weight down with the additional benefit of very high temperature and stress resistance characteristics.
To retain the same running gear and performance as the LaFerrari coupé in this new open-top model, Ferrari’s engineers worked on two main areas: the chassis and aerodynamics.
With the chassis, the focus was entirely on the lower section which had to be reinforced because it is subject to different stresses caused by force lines which, in the coupé, converge in the upper part.
The elimination of the roof also demanded a review of the door rotation system. The Aperta has the same butterfly doors as the LaFerrari coupé although, when fully open, they are now at slightly different angle as a result of safety-focused re-engineering demanded by its open-top configuration. This in turn led to modifications to the geometry of both the wheelarches and flanks. Specifically, a carbon-fibre insert, which incorporates an aerodynamic vent, was added to allow the doors to rotate. However, the insert itself has also become one of the Aperta’s signature styling elements, a flourish that, although absolutely distinctive, does not interfere in any way with the original LaFerrari lines.
A string of targeted modifications which, despite a small increase in weight, allow the LaFerrari Aperta to deliver the same torsional rigidity figure as the LaFerrari, thus putting the Aperta at the top of supercar category in terms of dynamic performance.
The greatest aerodynamic challenge for the Maranello technicians was to retain the coupé’s extreme performance capabilities. Their goal with the LaFerrari Aperta’s design was to achieve the same drag figure as the LaFerrari, even when driving without the hard top in place.
To effectively manage the hot air flow from the radiators through the bonnet, the angle of inclination of the radiators was modified. In the coupé, the radiators are angled to ensure that the air flow hugs the bonnet: in the LaFerrari Aperta, the radiating masses are angled backwards to direct the air flows out along the underbody. This solution results in complete separation of the hot air from the flow reaching the cockpit, keeping temperature levels for occupants comfortable.
The new layout of the radiating masses made it necessary to create a duct that could channel air from the upper section of the front grille over the bonnet. This solution generates downforce depending on the variations in the flow momentum striking the car.
Furthermore, deflecting the hot air to the underbody also meant that the vortex generators needed to be redesigned. The front dam is now longer while the underbody surface around the longitudinal vortex generators has been lowered to boost the ground effect and thus the car’s ability to generate efficient downforce.
The aerodynamic package is completed by two small L-shaped flaps on the upper corners of the windscreen which, in the absence of a hard top, generate a coherent vortex that interacts with the flow being deflected towards the rear header rail, diverting it upwards to reduce the compression on the rear section of the cabin, thereby reducing drag. This system ensures that the open-top car’s drag is similar to the coupé version.
In terms of open-top aerodynamic comfort, an innovative integrated system was developed. The high-speed air flow that would otherwise enter the cabin from the top of the windscreen is captured by an angled wind-stop fixed to the parcel shelf. The wind-stop is angled to channel the flow through spaces in the car’s interior structure before exiting at a slower speed behind the passenger seats. This delivers a level of interior comfort in line with other convertibles in the Ferrari range without increasing drag.
LaFerrari Aperta retains intact the avant-garde styling of the coupé, a model that represents the peak of the synergies between the engineering and development departments and Ferrari’s Styling Centre. The body’s shape is very sculptural and aerodynamically functional, with an innovative formal language. Its fluid forms lend a sense of huge power, while the F1-inspired nose and the muscular power of the tail section reveal the car’s extreme, sporty character.
Seen from the side the LaFerrari Aperta has a sharp, downward-sloping nose and a very low bonnet which emphasises its muscular wheelarches. The result is strongly reminiscent of the gloriously exuberant forms of late-1960s Ferrari sports prototypes, such as the 330 P4 , a model that was also built in open and closed coupé versions. The ratio of the front and wheelarch dimensions are also very much in line with Ferrari tradition.
The styling is underscored by a discrete model-specific livery with just a few graphic accents in a contrasting colour defining the main styling contours. Equally, the cabin features detailing that coordinates with the livery, as well as new seat upholstery in which leather is combined with Starlite Alcantara.
|Total maximum power||963 cv|
|Total maximum torque||>900 Nm|
|V12 maximum power*||800 cv @ 9000 rpm|
|Maximum revs||9250 rpm|
|V12 maximum torque||700 Nm @ 6750 rpm|
|Electric motor output||120 kW (163 cv)|
|CO2 emissions||340 g/km|
|Maximum speed||over 350 km/h|
|0-100 km/h||<3 sec|
|0-200 km/h||<7 sec|
|0-300 km/h||15 sec|
|Bore and stroke||94 x 75.2 mm|
|Total displacement||6262 cc|
|Specific power||128 cv/l|
|Weight distribution||41% fr, 59% r|
|Tyres (Pirelli P-Zero)|
|Front||265/30 – 19|
|Rear||345/30 – 20|
|Carbon ceramic brakes (Brembo)|
|Front||398 x 223 x 36 mm|
|Rear||380 x 253 x 34 mm|
|High perf ABS/EBD||Performance anti-lock system/electronic brake balance|
|EF1-Trac||F1 electronic traction control integrated with the hybrid system|
|E-Diff 3||third generation electronic differential|
|SCM-E Frs||magnetorheological damping with twin solenoids (Al-Ni tube)|
* with dynamic ram effect
The new limited edition special series to be unveiled at the Paris Show
Order book closes after client preview
Maranello, 5 July 2016 – These are the first photographs of the convertible version of the LaFerrari, the new limited edition special series aimed at clients and collectors that refuse to compromise on the joy of drop-top driving even when at the wheel of a supercar.
The name and technical characteristics of the new car will be announced at the Paris International Motor Show as will the number Ferrari proposes to build. However, all available examples have already been sold after a special preview to clients and the order book is closed.
The new limited edition special series will be available with a carbon-fibre hard top and a soft top. It has the same running gear and performance figures as the original LaFerrari, sporting a 800 cv V12 ICE (with a specific power output of 128 cv/l) coupled with a 120 kW electric motor (163 cv), unleashing 963 cv in total.
Significant and extensive modifications have been made to the chassis with the aim of retaining the same torsional rigidity and beam stiffness as the coupé version. The car’s aerodynamics have also been further honed to guarantee the same drag coefficient even without the roof.
World Records Led by 2017 Ferrari LaFerrari Aperta at Ferrari – Leggenda e Passione
RM Sotheby’s” 9 September 2017 – The Ferrari – Leggenda e Passione auction set numerous world records as it celebrated the 70th anniversary of the Prancing Horse, solidifying RM Sotheby’s lead position in the collector car market and its expertise as the preeminent Ferrari auction house.
The one-day, single-marque auction held at the Pista di Fiorano circuit generated €63M in sales in part to spirited bidding from Ferrarista on the 2017 Ferrari LaFerrari Aperta charity lot for Save the Children. Setting a record for a 21st century car, the Aperta was sold at a final hammer price of €8.300.000. (9.91 Million US)
- The 210th LaFerrari Aperta produced
- Designed with a unique livery to be unveiled during Ferrari’s 70th Anniversary Celebrations at Maranello
- The pinnacle of Ferrari’s road car design, performance and passion
- Proceeds to benefit charity
During Ferrari’s 70-year history, there has never been another vehicle as eagerly anticipated or as technologically advanced as the LaFerrari Aperta. The result of seven decades of ingenuity, perseverance, creativity, passion and success, the LaFerrari Aperta is a vehicle that embodies every aspect of the company and its founder, the late Enzo Ferrari.
Putting the company firmly at the forefront of automotive technology so far in the 21st century, the LaFerrari Aperta combines lessons learned from Formula One, Corse Clients and Ferrari’s previous road-going supercars. This would be Ferrari’s first foray into hybrid-electric vehicles; in doing so, the LaFerrari sought to use this technology to support and benefit the already ludicrous performance of its traditional combustion engine. Increasing performance while reducing its carbon footprint, harnessing the benefits of electric power gives the LaFerrari Aperta a truly mind-bending performance with all the flair and soul that Ferrari’s most valued customers have come to know and love.
Over the course of the past year, Ferrari’s 70th Anniversary has been celebrated on six continents and dozens of countries around the world, celebrating a company that has been at the forefront of motorsport and automotive culture since its very beginnings. At all of these celebrations, the LaFerrari Aperta has been at the forefront of the festivities, a shining light pointing towards Ferrari’s bright future, showing that while the past has been nothing short of extraordinary, the best is still to come.
Today, the future starts here with this very special LaFerrari Aperta.
While only 209 LaFerrari Apertas have been slated for production, the winning bidder of this lot will receive the 210th example built. Not yet constructed, this specific LaFerrari Aperta will be sporting a new and unique livery to be unveiled during Ferrari’s 70th Anniversary on 9 September. Furthermore, all proceeds for the vehicle will be sold to benefit charity, channeling our passion to support those in need. A wholly unique opportunity to acquire a true one-off Ferrari, this LaFerrari Aperta will stand out from the rest due to the uniqueness of its livery and pride of place in the model’s production run. Not only would this be a noteworthy addition to any lucky fans’ stable, but an acquisition in support of a very worthy cause.
• LaFerrari Open No. 210
• Made with exclusive livery, will be presented during the celebrations of the 70th anniversary of Ferrari in Maranello
• A focus of the best of Ferrari road cars, combines performance and passion
• The proceeds will be donated to charity
In the arc of 70 years of Ferrari history, there has never been another car so advanced and technologically avant-garde as this LaFerrari Aperta. The result of seven decades of ingenuity, perseverance, creativity, passion and success, LaFerrari Aperta is a car that perfectly embodies every aspect of the company and its mythical founder, Enzo Ferrari.
This car confirms the “red” ability to be at the forefront of automotive technology even in the 21st century. In fact, LaFerrari Open brings together in one car the know-how of Formula One, Corsa Clienti and the previous supercar of Maranello. This is also the first time Ferrari drives into a hybrid vehicle. Ne ‘LaFerrari, this technology, has been used to enhance the performance of its already high performance combustion engine. Increased power and reduced emissions, both obtained thanks to the electric motor, give LaFerrari Aperta a new driving experience as well as the one where the “reds” are known and loved all over the world.
Over the last year, the 70th anniversary has been celebrated on the six continents, with stages in dozens of countries around the world. Celebrations celebrated this company that has been at the forefront of sportiness and motor culture since the dawn of motoring. At all stages, LaFerrari Aperta was the polar star that celebrates a brilliant past and marks a radiant future.
Today, that future begins here, with this special LaFerrari Aperta.
While only 209 are expected, the winner of this auction will win the number 210. Not yet built, this open LaFerrari will be unveiled with a livery absolutely unpublished on September 9, during the 70th anniversary of the Maranello House. All the charms of the car’s charm will be devoted to charity, because passion helps those who need it most. A unique opportunity to acquire a true Ferrari outfit, this open LaFerrari stands out for the uniqueness of the livery, the highlight of all production. An example that is not just a piece of ninety to add to the collection of true aficionados, but also a great opportunity to spend for a good cause.
RM Sotheby’s and Ferrari are pleased to announce that all of the proceeds of this lot will be donated to Save the Children. This lot will also be sold without buyer’s premium. This LaFerrari Aperta will be finished in a one-of-a-kind livery in stunning metallic Red Focus with a metallic Bianco Italia double racing stripe on the bonnet and rear deck. The interior will be trimmed in black Alcantara with red leather inserts on the seats, red stitching, and glossy black carbon trim trim, and not as pictured in the catalog.
Please note that this lot is subject to VAT on the full purchase price (on the hammer price). If you need further information, please contact RM Sotheby’s Administration Department.
RM Sotheby’s and Ferrari are pleased to announce that all proceeds from this lot will be donated to Save the Children. LaFerrari Aperta will have this exclusive livery: a gorgeous Red Metallic Fire with two strips Bianco Italia, always metallized, leaving the bonnet and ending in the back. The seats will be in Alcantara black, with red leather inserts, such as seams, and glossy carbon fiber inserts not as shown in the sales catalog.
Also note that VAT will be applied to this lot on the entire purchase price, that is, both on the final value. For more information, please contact the Sotheby’s Management directly.