Sunday, March 13, 2016

Forza Motorsport 6: The Ferrari LaFerrari

The McLaren P1 and the Porsche 918 are the hypercars that know how to balance motorsport-inspired performance and everyday ecology at the same pace to deliver an unbiased blend no supercars had done before, serving the template for future sportscars for many years to come. If the P1 and the 918 wanted to have a battle to decide who's superior, it must first face this; the Ferrari LaFerrari, a hybrid hypercar served as the pinnacle of Maranello engineering.

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No miserable V8s, no puny little turbochargers, the sound of the LaFerrari's 6.3L V12 naturally-aspirated engine are in synched in perfect harmony and that is how a supercar should sound like. It's no wonder how James May found his admiration to this car and this car can edge out the likes of the P1 and the 918 in terms of performance.

Of course, this is a hybrid just like the other two, meaning the V12 engine that powers it to the middle is bolted with an electric motor and a battery. However, unlike the McLaren and the Porsche that can run on electricity alone, the LaFerrari doesn't have that kind of feature because Ferrari is not heavily interested in electric power alone. Instead, the LaFerrari comes with HY-KERS (Hybrid-Kinetic Energy Recovery System), a tech similar to the one used in Formula One cars. It captures energy during braking and feeds it back when needed. That's why the engine-motor combination are all working together and cannot be separated, therefore it produces 963HP of power and 663lb-ft of torque, while mated with a 7-speed F1 gearbox.

Now normally, I was going to try the LaFerrari in its private track to show just how it lives up to be the fastest Ferrari ever made but sadly, Forza Motorsport 6 doesn't have one. However, I just found the next best thing to try out the LaFerrari; Monza.

 

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With such power output, the LaFerrari can easily take down the P1 and the 918 at ease and with the 218mph top speed, it's the fastest of the hybrid hypercar trio as well. It's not just the speed it delivers, it's the dynamics is what made the LaFerrari unique thanks to its bodywork that was built entirely from different kinds of carbon fiber as well as the lowered center of gravity but it's the high-tech active aerodynamics that sets them apart and because it's computer-controlled; the faster the LaFerrari goes through the corner, the better it works. Sure, this is as dynamic to drive as the P1 because of its rear-wheel drive but it's not merely a widowmaker.

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Humor me, now with the evaluation over the LaFerrari is well done, I believe that I can now do a quick comparo between the three hybrid hypercars round the Top Gear track later on. I can't wait to see which of these three is the greatest.

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