LAFERRARI CROSSING THE AUCTION BLOCK AT MECUM MONTEREY

July 14, 2016 by Mecum Auctions

Walworth, Wis. – July 14, 2016 – An unbelievable opportunity to acquire an incredibly rare Ferrari supercar now presents itself at the Mecum Daytime Auction in Monterey. This 2014 LaFerrari will headline an array of modern supercars crossing the auction block, but perhaps none as sinister yet breathtaking as this Nero DS Opaco finished masterpiece of a Ferrari.

1 of 3 LaFerraris finished in Nero DS Opaco paint

•211 original miles

•6.3 liter hybrid drive V-12 engine

•F1-inspired HY-KERS Kinetic Energy Recovery System

•Factory-rated for 949 horsepower

•Factory-rated top speed of 217 MPH
•F1 7-speed dual clutch gearbox

•Scuderia Ferrari shields

•Black leather and Alcantara interior

•Black leather seats with red piping and stitching

•Red stitched Prancing Horse into seatbacks

•Red seat belts

•Double wishbone front and multi-link rear suspension

•Pirelli P-Zero tires on black 19-inch front and 20-inch rear wheels

•Brembo carbon ceramic brakes

•Stability control, performance anti blockage system/electronic brake balance

•F1 electronic traction control integrated with the hybrid system and third generation electronic differential

•Magnetorheological damping with twin solenoids

•Active aerodynamics with large adjustable spoiler and movable diffuser flaps

•Dynamic ram effect

•Exhaust with 6-into-1 manifolds for high-pitched Ferrari soundtrack

•Adjustable steering wheel and pedal box

•Main and secondary controls for audio, navigation, climate and telemetry

•Reconfigurable digital instrument panel with central tachometer or competition-derived display

The small metal label at the base of the steering wheel reads 'CAVALLO INFERNALE.'

Translation: 'infernal horse' or 'horse from hell', both suggesting the nature of Ferrari's awe-inspiring hybrid supercar, the gracefully named LaFerrari. No matter how you describe it, this is one hell of a Prancing Horse, the ultimate road-going Ferrari of all time, a gigantic leap forward from the Enzo it replaces in that rarefied air at the top of the Scuderia's hierarchy. And it all happened through the family ties between necessity and invention.

Like every other facet of human endeavor in this computer age, modern Grand Prix science has advanced by interminable leaps, most recently in composite and hybrid automotive technology, the essential elements of the LaFerrari's crazy magic. The LaFerrari uses that technology to deliver the highest performance ever achieved by a Ferrari production car, and remember: that's from the company that brought you the 288 GTO, the F40, the F50 and the Enzo.

It begins with the hand laid carbon fiber main structure containing the passenger compartment, composed of four different types of cloth and cured in Maranello's F1 construction facility. Suspension is trademark Ferrari: double wishbone front and multi-link rear, modulated by magnetorheological damping and incorporating stability control, F1 electronic traction control, Brembo carbon ceramic disc brakes and Pirelli P-Zero tires on lightweight 19-inch front and 20-inch rear wheels.

The LaFerrari is the first production car from Maranello with a hybrid drivetrain that combines a 6.3L/788 HP V-12 engine—the most powerful V-12 in the world—and a 161 HP electric motor for a sum of 949 total horsepower. The LaFerrari's HY-KERS is more highly evolved than that of the F1 system from which it was developed, integrating the two power sources seamlessly and with maximum efficiency. The electric motor's strong low-speed torque allowed engineers to free the V-12 for greater peak power—it redlines at a shrieking 9,250 RPM—creating an unrelenting surge of power and peak torque surpassing 663 lb-ft.

This 2014 LaFerrari is one of only three finished to great effect in a matte black paint, officially named Nero DS Opaco. Showing a mere 211 miles, its tantalizing shape beckons with an aircraft-like cockpit trimmed in carbon fiber, Black leather and Alcantara, and accented with Red belts, stitching and piping. The steering wheel integrates the LaFerrari's various functions in F1 fashion, incorporating a row of shift lights, ergonomic shift paddles and the familiar Manettino for driving mode selection. Both the steering wheel and pedals are adjustable. The instrument panel's secondary controls for audio, navigation, climate and telemetry are located on the door and the center of the dashboard, highlighting the mission-critical controls directly in front of the driver. A reconfigurable digital instrument panel gives the choice of a traditional central tachometer or a more competition-derived display.

Piloting the LaFerrari will literally take your breath away: 0-60 in 2.4 seconds, 0-124 in under 7 seconds, and 0-186 in a flat-out crazy 15 seconds. And it doesn't end there; top speed is 217 MPH, accompanied by that ear-splitting Ferrari V-12 symphony.

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