Ferrari takes a tin opener to its £1million part-electric hypercar: Say hello to the open-top hybrid LaFerrari Aperta
- Convertible uses same 950bhp V12 engine and electric motor as the coupe
- Ferrari says hypercar will go from 0 to 62mph in under 3 seconds and has a top speed of 217mph
- Just 209 will be built and all of them have been sold to devoted customers, including Gordon Ramsay
- No price has been revealed but some believe buyers could have shelled out £3m to secure one
A convertible version of the £1.1million hybrid LaFerrari hypercar has long been teased but now it is officially here... and categorically sold out.
Officially unwrapped at the Paris Motor Show on Thursday morning, Ferrari has confirmed the roof-down stunner will use the Aperta name - the Italian for 'open'.
Just 209 will be built, though all models have already been promised to owners, one of which will be celebrity chef Gordon Ramsay who leaked its existence on the opening show of the latest Top Gear series earlier this year.
Open for business, but you can't have one: Just 209 LaFerrari Apertas will be built and Ferrari has already sourced all 209 buyers
The fee owners have paid hasn't been confirmed, though it is rumoured to have more than doubled the asking price of the coupe.
Like the hard-top LaFerrari, the Aperta uses the same duo of a naturally aspirated 6.3-litre V12 engine and an electric motor that combine to create an astounding 950bhp.
That hybrid power is the same concept used by everyday green cars, but has been seized upon by the world's hypercar-makers as a way to deliver a lot more punch.
The LaFerrari Aperta will be good enough for a 0 to 62mph sprint in less than three seconds and a hair-stripping top speed of 217mph.
The Italian supercar-maker hasn't confirmed the price owners have paid for the open-top LaFerrari, but rumours suggest it's more than double the £1.1million asking price of the coupe
Gordon Ramsey (left in both pictures) appeared in the first episode of the latest series of Top Gear at the end of May. During an interview with Chris Evans he confirmed he was on the waiting list for an open-top LaFerrari that was due
Carbonfibre, leather, Alcantara - the LaFerrari Aperta cabin is a special place to sit indeed
But if you do choose to drive it with the roof up, there is a choice of materials to keep your hair in place.
The LaFerrari sits at the pinnacle of the legendary Italian carmaker's range and one of a trio of big name hypercars that use hybrid power, alongside the Porsche 918, McLaren P1.
Ferrari has offered the Aperta to owners with the option of either a carbon fibre hard-top or fabric soft-top, depending on taste.
Star attraction: The Ferrari stand at any motor show is a busy place, and Thursday was no exception
There's a roll-over bar behind the seats to protect occupants in case the car flips over in a crash
The LaFerrari Aperta was Ferrari's standout attraction at the 2016 Paris Motor Show
Another visual addition is the roll-over bar put in place to protect the occupants, just in case one happens to flip their million pound-plus motor.
However, there are also changes under the wonderfully sleek body that you can't see.
The LaFerrari Aperta uses a 6.3-litre V12 engine combined with an electric motor to produce nearly 1,000bhp
The LaFerrari Aperta is a convertible version of the £1.1million LaFerrari coupe (pictured)
It can sprint from 0 to 62mph in less than three seconds, though you might have to invest in a toupee if you want to experience the 217mph top speed with the roof down
For instance, the carbon fibre chassis has been extensively modified to ensure the foundations of the car are as robust as possible despite there being no solid roof in place.
There have also been minor aerodynamic tweaks made to the shell to ensure it slices through the air will all the sharpness of the roofed LaFerrari.
As a result, Ferrari says it can match the performance figures of the coupe, all the while the occupant can enjoy the full wail of the V12 engine with the roof down.
That naturally-aspirated V12 engine in all its glory, housed just behind the ears of the two occupants up front
Gordon Ramsey famously has one on order - will it be Rosso red or this more modest deep metallic black?