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Ferrari preparing FXX racer and LaFerrari Spider for 2015
14 July 2014 11:21
Ferrari is readying a pair of new LaFerrari spin-offs for launch in 2015, CAR can reveal.
The Maranello grapevine is predicting not one, but two new derivatives of the hybrid supercar, both of which are due for launch next year.
The news comes as CAR magazine reveals plans for nine secret new Ferraris in a news story in the new August 2014 issue, on sale on Wednesday 16 July. CAR is available in print, online and in our tablet editions for iPad and Android.
Ferrari LaFerrari FXX: the lowdown
Word is, Ferrari is busy putting the finishing touches to the LaFerrari-based FXX, following in the footsteps of the previous Ferrari FXX. That car was a track-focused evolution of the Ferrari Enzo and just 30 were built between 2005-07.
This is a track-only car which isn't even homologated for road use and Maranello looks after the cars and trailers them to private circuit events for owners' events.
CAR understands that again just 30 LaFerrari FXX units will be produced for the world's richest and most exclusive Ferrari customers.
How do they plan to make the LaFerrari even more powerful?
Power is believed to jump to a stonking 1050bhp, achieved through a combination of V12 engine tuning and playing with the engine electronics juggling the power from pistons and the hybrid system.
The LaFerrari FXX is bound to be a sensationally fast machine; even the roadgoing LaFerrari is capable of more than 217mph and sprinting from 0-62mph in 'less than 3.0sec.'
Chris Chilton described it thus in the June 2014 issue of CAR: 'Its crowning achievement is that, despite all the technology, it feels like the purest, greatest sports car that ever was.'
LaFerrari Spider convertible due in 2015
Not satisfied with one LaFerrari spin-off, Maranello is plotting an open-top version also due in 2015.
Our sources suggest the convertible LaFerrari Spider will be an incredibly rare-groove model, with no more than 50 units planned.
And it'll be expensive - roughly twice the price of the fixed-head LaFerrari coupe, according to CAR's insiders. For which read a price tag hovering around the £2 million mark.
The LaFerrari's composite construction is already incredibly stiff, making an open-top version a relatively easy conversion. The chassis is made from hand-laid, pre-preg carbonfibre unlike the resin-injected RTM technique used by McLaren.
Ferrari claims the tub of the LaFerrari is 20% lighter and 25% stiffer than an Enzo's.
Our verdict on the proposed LaFerrari Spider? The coupe is a thrilling, scintillating ride already. Having access to more of the aural fireworks from that rampant V12 can only be a good thing. And many LaFerrari owners will presumably enjoy the chance to get some fresh air - and more green-eyed looks - that an open-top LaFerrari affords.
LaFerrari video review
Read CAR magazine's LaFerrari review here and watch our LaFerrari video road test in the player below.
And read more Ferrari scoops in the new August 2014 issue of CAR magazine, out on Wednesday 16 July.