While both the McLaren P1 and Porsche 918 Spyder can be driven solely on electric power, Ferrari has remained adamant that its flagship supercar, the LaFerrari, doesn’t have an all-electric mode. New video taken at a recent track meet at Italy’s Monza disputes that claim, however.
In this video from YouTube user CarloDelucis (via Jalopnik), a LaFerrari is shown driving in a garage under its own power… silently. Once the car has exited the garage, we hear its engine fire up for the first time.
It would appear then that the LaFerrari can drive on electric power alone. Presumably, the range and speed in this mode were so low that Ferrari didn’t warrant claiming it as a standalone mode for the car.
In its original press release for the LaFerrari, Ferrari stated that the car emits just 330 grams of CO2 per kilometer without resorting to electric-only drive as this “would not fit the mission of this model.” Ferrari also stated that the LaFerrari’s HY-KERS hybrid drivetrain was designed so that “future applications could be driven using exclusively electric power” for a few kilometres, and that a LaFerrari with an all-electric mode had been tested during the car’s development phase and shown to achieve just 220 grams of CO2 per kilometer on the combined cycle.
In case you’ve forgotten, the LaFerrari’s hybrid drivetrain consists of a 6.3-liter V-12 engine working together with two electric motor-generators. The first motor provides drive to the vehicle and recovers kinetic energy during braking, storing it in the car’s lithium-ion batteries. The second motor is driven by the V-12 and is used to keep the charge level of the batteries constant. In addition to this, the second motor also can directly power electronic ancillary systems such as the lights. Peak output of the LaFerrari's drivetrain is a staggering 950 horsepower and “more than” 664 pound-feet of torque.