It’s a Hybrid but not as know it, oh ye & it’s a Ferrari. Let’s face it, hybrids aren’t everyone’s favourite concept but in today’s technological driven world there are some pretty smart yachts and supercars that have embraced the hybrid world, none more so than the Italian carmaker. This weekend saw Tulsa-based Leake Auction Company sell a 2014 Ferrari LaFerrari for $3.7 million – about £2.8 million to us Brits.
For those that don’t know, the LaFerrari is a petrol-electric hybrid with 788 bhp produced from its V12 petrol engine and trip the 161-horsepower electric motor, a combined total of 949 horsepower and 663 foot-pounds of torque are available to haul it down the road. As you can imagine, the motion occurs with great alacrity should you stomp on it. From a standing start, you’ll see 60 mph in less than 3 seconds and if you keep going the top end is 214 mph.
There are no more new LaFerraris. The LaFerrari was a strictly limited edition of 499 cars, with just one more built last year, number 500, for an auction to benefit Italian earthquake victims. That car went under the gavel in December 2016 for £6 million, but it was a special car sold under unusual circumstances.
Naturally Leake Auction Company are happy with the auction results. “We had an exciting day in Dallas Market Hall. This has been the most talked about car available for auction this weekend,” said Richard Sevenoaks, president of Leake Auction Company. “In the 45-year history of our company, this is the most expensive car we have ever sold. We are thrilled with the sale” as well they might be!