LaFerrari vs McLaren P1 vs Porsche 918
Only a handful of people have driven all three of these incredible hybrid-hypercars. Charlie Turner is one of the lucky few
Posted: 02 May 2014
As you uncoil the car out of the left-handed Turn 13 and onto the pit straight, it's truly a struggle to wrap your mind around the combination of speed and sound the LaFerrari dishes out. It feels more... mechanical, more petrolly than the Porsche or McLaren, a sensory overdose dominated by the V12 as it fires its way to that insane 9250rpm redline. The LaFerrari was cracking 162mph on the Fiorano straight, a speed only rivalled by Maranello's F1 cars.
Whether you're on track or road, the LaFerrari doesn't overcomplicate matters. Handy test-driver Fernando Alonso experimented with dozens of methods for activating the hybrid's HyKERS electric module, and eventually came to the conclusion that even he couldn't do it better than LaFerrari's own brain. So Maranello decided to keep it simple, and allow the car to set its own performance parameters depending on which of the five manettino settings you've selected. In other words, if you want everything in the LaFerrari, pin the throttle and you'll get it.