Alonso in LaFerrari

LaFerrari's cards have been played closer to its chest than those of McLaren's P1 but as both cars evolve from showfloor stars to living, breathing hypercars Ferrari has released a video of some shakedown laps with Fernando Alonso.

Steering wheel familiar to anyone?
Steering wheel familiar to anyone?
To Fernando's credit he tends to come across as a lot more relaxed and chatty in these promo videos for his employers than he necessarily does when he's in his F1 overalls. With shorts, shades and the occasional cheeky skid he's clearly out for more of a hoon in LaFerrari than a serious data crunching test run but it's good to see and hear the car in action.

Given that Ferrari has previously boasted that "We try to make aerodynamics with the shape of the car, not to have bigger wings and things like that" (see here for the full story) it's interesting to see the emergence of LaFerrari's rear wing. Although it's not as prominent or active as the P1's, nor is LaFerrari's downforce entirely generated through integrated aero, as implied by Andrea Bassi in the above quote. In discussion with Ferrari's Roberto Fedeli we learned LaFerrari has a 50/50 mix between passive and active aero, Fedeli saying a greater emphasis on the latter adds too much weight and detracts from the purity of the driver experience.

LaFerrari also reveals some surprising BL influence in its interior with the addition of an Allegro style 'quartic' steering wheel.

Active aero emerges from LaFerrari's body
Active aero emerges from LaFerrari's body
If that's putting you off the noise of the thing will probably bring you back on-side, LaFerrari's V12 already tipped as having the aural edge over the P1's turbocharged V8 and certainly sounding very much the part here.

Keep 'em peeled for a McLaren YouTube riposte and update to its previous teaser vid sooner rather than later...

[Sources: Ferrari's YouTube channel via AxisOfOversteer]






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  • Porkie 05 Sep 2013

    Durzel said:
    The Danimal said:
    Doesn't Felipe get a go for his feedback?.....
    Crash testing is still done by NCAP.
    Awesome! lol!

  • Volker 11 Aug 2013

    suffolk009 said:
    I'm no aficionado on Allegros, but it seems that the Vanden Plas 1500 (the upmarket Allegro) was available with a round wheel.

    Another possible theory: Ferrari will be offering a round wheel upgrade. It'll be available on the options list. ££££s no doubt.

    Only the first Allegros had square steering wheels, later models got round ones.
    Maybe Ferrari is going the same route :-).

  • Zad 10 Aug 2013

    It tells you all you need to know about the car in question, that 99% of this thread is talking about grammar, language and Alonso's height.

    I believe ABS also stood for Auto Blockierung System (or something similar) in German cars, so talking about ABS antilock brakes might be valid if it were a review of an Audi, BMW etc.

  • Joffery666 10 Aug 2013

    007 VXR said:
    spadgm said:
    Just makes me like the P1 even more
    +1 biggrin
    Except for when you start it up, and it sounds like a washing machine!...

    Le ferrari all day / any day long.

  • Gary C 10 Aug 2013

    Conian said:
    Maaaaaany years back was a car advert which stated that the car had the advanced abs braking system

    So, it has an advanced anti lock braking system braking system then.
    Yep, your right. Sorry napping there and did not read your message properly.

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