LaFerrari: design sketches and details
A set of design sketches and new details on LaFerrari, the successor to the Ferrari Enzo unveiled at the 2013 Geneva Motor Show.
The LaFerrari melds cutting-edge formal and aesthetic research and aerodynamic functionality, a result achieved by the synergies between Ferrari’s Styling Centre, headed by design chief Flavio Manzoni, and the engineering and development departments.
The overall silhouette and proportions are the very natural product of its architecture and the layout of its hybrid running gear.
The sleek profile remains true to Ferrari’s classic mid-rear longitudinal V12 sports car archetype: the cabin and engine compartment volumes are contained within the wheelbase to achieve the best possible balance of its masses.
The addition of the HY-KERS system has not resulted in an increase in dimensions, but a better balance between the car’s front and rear overhangs.
Seen from the side the car has a sharp, downward-sloping nose and a very low bonnet which emphasizes its muscular wheel-arches.
The result is strongly reminiscent of the forms of late-1960s Ferrari sports prototypes, such as the 330 P4 and the 312P.
The fluid surface treatment provides both the exceptional drag and downforce characteristics required by the aerodynamicists, as well as very efficiently channelling air to the components requiring cooling.
The car’s front section incorporates a lower front wing that appears suspended on a single central pylon beneath the nose, a clearly F1-inspired choice.
At the rear the sporty character is evident is underlined by the two deep grooves that emerge from the interplay of surfaces over the imposing wheelarches.
Sitting on a central pylon, which is stylistically reminiscent of the front one and which also serves to shield the HY-KERS system, is a large adjustable spoiler which deploys automatically and does not impinge upon the sleek design of the tail.
The lower section of the tail features bare carbon-fibre and is dominated by deep apertures and a generous diffuser equipped with movable flaps that adjust when the motorized spoiler is deployed.
The LaFerrari’s driving position is an entirely new concept and draws heavily on F1. Both Fernando Alonso and Felipe Massa were directly involved in its development.
The ergonomics of the LaFerrari’s driving position has a design normally seen only in racing cars: the seat is fixed but both the steering wheel and pedal box are highly adjustable to accommodate the driver’s preferred position.
The door panels are an integrated part of the cabin design as their sculpted carbon-fibre shells sleekly and efficiently hug its forms to afford occupants the greatest possible freedom of movement.
The car’s various functions are integrated on the Formula 1-style steering wheel, that also incorporates the gear-shift paddles.
The signature bridge on which the other F1 gearbox functions are clustered has taken on a sleek, suspended wing-like shape on which the buttons are arranged for optimal efficiency.