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Ferrari La Ferrari arrives

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Ferrari has made its intentions to be the world's best sports car manufacturer very clear with its £1 million replacement for the Enzo. The somewhat unprepossessing name does no justice to what is the company's most powerful and technologically advanced car yet. It forms part of a stellar threesome, with the Porsche 918 Spyder and the McLaren P1.

Ferrari launched the car at the Geneva Motor Show in 2013, following which it sold out of the planned 499 model production run by the end of the same year, even with a £1 million price tag. The lucky few to have successfully placed an order are now on tenterhooks awaiting delivery of arguably the best Ferrari of all time.

Among the huge array of F1 derived technology, driving the LaFerrari is a 789bhp 6.3 litre V12, mounted in the centre and accompanied by an electric HY-KERS system on the rear axle, with which the car's total power output comes to 950bhp. Rumour has it that the result is a 227mph top speed and a sub-three second 0-62mph time.

With first drive reviews surfacing, Ferrari is hoping its latest creation will be able to upset the status quo a little with a Nurburgring lap time to outdo the Porsche 918 Spyder and McLaren P1, as a reliable justification of its best sports car claim. The LaFerrari has already lapped the Ferrari Fiorano test track five seconds quicker than its predecessor, the Enzo. No official top speed has yet been given, with Ferrari claiming it will top 217mph and industry whispers suggesting that figure understates the case significantly. All that power is controlled, just about, by a dual clutch seven speed F1 transmission and some all new carbon ceramic Brembo brakes.

As a hybrid, the LaFerrari's CO2 emissions are only 330g/km, pretty impressive for a supercar.

With its carbon fibre construction, the LaFerrari weighs in at about 1,250kg. Considerable attention has been given to active aerodynamics, with underside vanes, a flexible front diffuser and an active rear diffuser and spoiler. Cosmetically, this is a cleaner look than a large fixed spoiler on the rear and the moving parts elements allow manipulation of downforce and drag.

The LaFerrari features plenty of modern driver assistance features, such as the manufacturer's latest E-Diff differential, EF1-Trac F1 traction control and SCM-E Frs adjustable magnetic damping.

The basic silhouette is along the same lines as the Enzo with a low, sharkish front end and large air intakes.

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