TOPLESS FERRARI: The LaFerrari Aperta, the open-top version of Ferrari's insane LaFerrari, has been unveiled at the 2016 Paris motor show. Image: QuickPic
Paris - Designed for Ferrari’s most passionate clients, the LaFerrari Aperta is the new limited-edition special series, an open-top version of the acclaimed LaFerrari supercar.
The LaFerrari Aperta delivers the same top speed of over 350km/h, accelerating from 0 to 100km/h in in under 3 seconds and 0 to 200km/h in 7.1sec as the LaFerrari. It also delivers the same torsional rigidity and beam stiffness characteristics.
Modifications to the aerodynamic set-up ensure that, with the roof open and the side windows up, the drag figure is unaffected compared to that of the coupé, says the famous Italian automaker.
The LaFerrari Aperta’s powertrain, which is the same as the LaFerrari’s, uses hybrid technology. It couples a 590kW 6.2-litre V12 with a 120kW electric motor for a total output of 710kW/900Nm.
Thanks to the HY-KERS system, it is the most high-performance and efficient Ferrari ever built. The engine is the most powerful naturally-aspirated engine ever sported by a road-going Ferrari.
Gallery: 2017 Ferrari LaFerrari Aperta
With the chassis, the focus was entirely on the lower section which had to be reinforced because it is subject to different stresses caused by force lines which, in the coupé, converge in the upper part.
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The elimination of the roof also demanded a review of the door rotation system. The Aperta has the same butterfly doors as the LaFerrari coupé although, when fully open, they are now at slightly different angle as a result of safety-focused re-engineering demanded by its open-top configuration.
To effectively manage the hot air flow from the radiators through the bonnet, the angle of inclination of the radiators was modified, says Ferrari. In the coupé, the radiators are angled to ensure that the air flow hugs the bonnet, whereas in the LaFerrari Aperta, the radiating masses are angled backwards to direct the air flows out along the underbody.
Ferrari says the front dam is now longer while the underbody surface around the longitudinal vortex generators has been lowered to boost the ground effect and thus the car’s ability to generate efficient downforce.
The aerodynamic package is completed by two small L-shaped flaps on the upper corners of the windscreen that generate a coherent vortex that interacts with the flow being deflected towards the rear header rail.