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Video: Fernando Alonso Drives a LeFerrari

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On: Thu, Aug 15, 2013 at 1:43PM | By: Chris Weiss

Video: Fernando Alonso Drives a LeFerrari

The "LeFerrari" is one of the worst names ever conceived for a vehicle. And that's a damn shame because the car promises to be one of the most awesome exotics of our generation. Ferrari driver Fernando Alonso cashed in on that promise in a short video clip that takes us in and out of the LeFerrari. 

Unveiled at the Geneva Motor Show earlier this year, the LeFerrari is Ferrari's ultimate road car. Stuffed through the roof with Ferrari's most advanced race-inspired technologies, it picks up where predecessors like the Enzo and F50 left off years ago. The goofball name was chosen because Ferrari wants to convey that the supercar is the ultimate expression of Prancing Horse. It's questionable strategy, since there's likely to be a successor (F80) down the line, but we hear "LeFerrari Deuce" is available.

One of the members of the new elite of super-hybrids, along with the Porsche 918 and McLaren P1, the LeFerrari uses a HY-KERS system that packages Ferrari's most powerful naturally aspirated road engine, a 790-hp 6.3-liter V12, with a 161-hp electric motor. That's 950 prancing horses to play with. Unlike other hybrids, the LeFerrari can't drive on electric motor power alone, utilizing the motor more for extra power and acceleration. It can speed to 62 mph in under 3 seconds and double that in about 7 seconds. Its top speed is 217 mph.

The Ferrari sits on a meticulously built composite chassis that uses four types of carbon fiber, along with Kevlar. It combines double-wishbone front suspension with a multi-link system in the rear. It also employs an F1 traction control system.

F1 driver Alonso doesn't necessarily test those speed estimates, but he does put the LeFerrari through its paces in the video. Most cars look kind of silly and cartoonish when dressed up in test dummie camo, but the LeFerrari's flashy zebra suit is actually kind of awesome, especially when the car is darting across the track like a zebra galloping away from a hungry lion. Even more awesome is the Alcantara-trimmed interior that Alonso helped to design. Watch him flip the unique steering wheel around curves and corners in the two minutes of LeFerrari heaven below.

Ferrari plans to build 499 examples of the LeFerrari, selling each for more than $1 million.

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