Ferrari: A Short Comparison
This is my short description and comparison of some of my favourite Ferraris in recent times.
Ferrari is probably, alongside Aston Martin (and maybe McLaren), my favourite car manufacturer in the world. Its prestige, history and sheer excellence in car making gives me that viewpoint. Over the years, Ferrari has built some truly magnificent sport/supercars, and I'm going to run you through some of my favourites in recent times.
The Ferrari LaFerrari
This one's a no-brainer- the Ferrari LaFerrari, 1/3 of the 'hypercar holy trinity', alongside the McLaren P1 and the Porsche 918. In my opinion, this is the best, and most beautiful, out of the three cars. Its V12 engine, and KERS system which makes it a hybrid, gives LaFerrari a whopping 950 horsepower- far more than either the McLaren or the Porsche. It also boasts a dry weight of 1,255 kg, lighter than the other two. But LaFerrari also signalled a move to hybrid powered vehicles- something that has caught on in recent years due to the environment. Admittedly, it's not a full electric vehicle, and it can't be run on electric power only (like the P1 or the 918 can) but it helped pave the way for hybrid and electric supercars, such as the Honda NSX, the Rimac C-series, and the Ferrari SF90 Stradale (more on that later). When all is said done, the Ferrari LaFerrari will be remembered as an era-defining, exquisitely beautiful hypercar, that truly embodies what Ferrari is all about.
The Enzo Ferrari
Going back just over a decade from LaFerrari, Ferrari produced this magnificent supercar. It's called the Enzo- after the founding father of Ferrari himself- and like all of Ferrari's supercars, it is stunning to look at. Worth remembering that this was launched in 2002, so for its design to still look supreme today, 18 years later, is a testament to Ferrari's work. But despite it being built in the early 2000s, the Enzo will match nearly any modern supercar for performance. Given a V12 that produces 651 brake horsepower (more than the new Ford GT), the Enzo has a top speed of more than 350 kph (around 218/219 mph)- that's quicker than an Aventador! Although its 0-100 kph time is a bit less impressive, standing at around 3.6 seconds, that was extremely fast back in its day. The Enzo really re-configurated the concept of speed and it remains, to this day, a fabulous supercar.
The Ferrari 812 Superfast
What could Ferrari have done to make their F12 Berlinetta even better? According to Jeremy Clarkson, a little bit less power would do the trick- which is why Ferrari did exactly the opposite. The 812 Superfast is, in effect, a more powerful version of the F12 TDF, which in turn is a more powerful version of the original Berlinetta. The Berlinetta produces 730 hp, the TDF 780, and the 812 a whopping 800 horsepower. Interestingly though, the 812 weighs no more or less than the 70 hp-less Berlinetta, but they both have a top end speed of 211 mph/340 kph. So where's the difference? They even look very similar. However, the 812 has much better acceleration- 0-100 in 2.9 seconds, in the Berlinetta it's 3.1. Meanwhile, 0-200 in the Superfast takes just 7.9 seconds- the Berlinetta takes over half a second longer to reach that speed. But the really interesting statistic is that the 812 Superfast reaches 100 kph in the same time as an Aston Martin Vulcan- and it's road legal, too.
The Ferrari SF90 Stradale
The Ferrari SF90 Stradale is Ferrari's second hybrid car, after LaFerrari- and what a car it is. Here are some of the headline statistics- 769 hp from its turbo-charged V8, another 217 hp coming from its 3 electric motors, altogether producing 986 hp- more than LaFerrari! 0-100 kph in a scintillating 2.5 seconds- so quicker than a Lamborghini Huracan, Aventador, and a McLaren Senna. Good Lord. And I know it seems like I say this about every Ferrari, but the SF90 really is truly beautiful- although not exactly what you would call conventional. In order to save weight, Ferrari removed the reverse gear- you can only reverse this car in the E-Drive mode (electric power only). I suppose every little helps, and this must have helped the SF90 to a dry weight of 1570 kg- not bad at all. The SF90's lightweight nature, and its extraordinary power means it has a top end speed of 211 mph, and its electric-petrol hybrid system helps limit the damage to the environment. All round, a masterful bit of work from the engineers over in Italy.
To conclude: all four of these cars are very fast, they're all very beautiful, and they all are landmarks of some size in Ferrari's recent history. The LaFerrari takes its place as one of the greatest hypercars ever produced, the Enzo kickstarted a long line of elegant, beautiful and rapid Ferrari supercars, the 812 Superfast is, well, super fast for a road legal car, and the SF90 represents a shift from manufacturers towards hybrid power systems in their cars (not to mention it is the most powerful road-legal Ferrari ever). Out of all of them, my personal favourite is the Superfast- I loved the F12 Berlinetta so much, and the Superfast is, essentially, a more powerful version of that car, and I also have a soft spot for V12s. So there it is- a short comparison of four of my personal favourite Ferraris to emerge out of Maranello in recent years.