2014 Ferrari LaFerrari

“We chose to call this model LaFerrari because it is the finest expression of our company’s unique, unparalleled engineering and design know-how, including that acquired in Formula One.”

This is how Chairman Luca di Montezemolo summarized the successor to the Enzo when it was launched at the Geneva Salon in March 2013. He planned a 499-car production run. One more car — the 500th — has been added, and will be auctioned to benefit Italian earthquake victims.

A “green” hybrid Kinetic Energy Recovery System, which had appeared on F1 cars in 2009, supplemented the naturally aspirated 6.3-liter V12, which could put out some 788 hp. The KERS system not only provides reductions in emissions and fuel consumption, but also gives a tremendous performance boost equal to another 161 hp.

Each time Ferrari has elected to produce the ultimate sports car, they have produced something totally out of the box. As nothing had prepared the world for the looks of an F40 or Enzo, the statement made by LaFerrari had to match that. The exquisite design is both striking and modern, yet gives nods to the brand heritage.

Only 120 LaFerraris were sold to the U.S. market. A mere 230 miles have been covered in this car. It remains on factory warranty and carries no restrictions.

Steve Ahlgrim

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Steve taught high school auto shop before moving to Atlanta, GA, where his love of sports cars led him to FAF Motorcars, the former Ferrari dealer where he served as General Manager and Vice President. He has been a self-proclaimed “one-trick pony,” coveting the Ferrari marque. He has been involved in concours judging for over 25 years and is a member of the IAC/PFA, an international committee overseeing high-level Ferrari concours judging. He is chief judge of the Celebration Exotic Car Show in Celebration, FL.

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