There are cars that history turns into icons. Others are born as such. The LaFerrari Aperta falls into the second category. Maranello created the car to celebrate its 70th anniversary. This is why it is a model like no other. The LaFerrari Aperta is the ultimate technological expression of an open roof car. It is an essential roadster, a two-seater of the sort that immediately colonises the collective imagination. The LaFerrari Aperta has important roots. It is in fact an offshoot of the LaFerrari, the special limited series Prancing Horse car that redefined the limits of automotive technology.
In creating the LaFerrari Aperta, engineers were faced with major design challenges. Indeed, this car had to provide the same performance as the LaFerrari, but without the roof. Whatismore, the LaFerrari Aperta needed to provide the same handling and the same monstrous performance as the coupé version: 0-100 km/h in less than 3 seconds, a maximum speed of over 350 km/h. In addition, the customer had to be able to drive the car undisturbed by the aerodynamic flows even at 300 km/h. For this reason, in the months prior to its presentation at the Paris Motor Show, the heads of the chassis and aerodynamics department worked hard with the Styling Centre to achieve all of the car’s dynamic and load objectives, without sacrificing the iconic design of the LaFerrari. It is easy to see why work was needed on the chassis: without a roof, it was necessary to share the load lines in the lower part of the body. The end result is a negligible increase in weight, while preserving the torsional and flexural rigidity of the LaFerrari.
As with every self-respecting Ferrari roadster, cockpit turbulence is reduced to a minimum. This is possible due to the design of an integrated system, capable of “capturing” the high-speed flow that tends to enter the compartment. The occupants are thus enveloped in quiet up to a top speed of 150 km/h. Although it is an easy bet that the desire to be carried away by the unique excitement of open-air driving, accompanied by the overpowering soundtrack of the first Ferrari hybrid power unit, is likely to gain the upper hand much sooner.
Moreover, the V12 that boasts a maximum output of 800 hp, with the addition of a 120 kW electric motor for a total output of 963 hp, is an exceptional performer that no one can resist. An icon, like the LaFerrari Aperta.