Due to be formally unveiled in late September at the 2016 Paris Auto Show, the LaFerrari drop head has been spotted in the wild.
The car will have a new name, with many suggesting it will simply be called a LaFerrari Aperta. Ferrari has used the Aperta appendage on the 458 Speciale Aperta.
This photo posted to the Facebook page Inavas Fotografias shows the LaFerrari Aperta in its final testing phase at Ferrari’s headquarters in Maranello, Italy. Fortunately the removal of the roof doesn’t appear to harm the car’s looks in any way.
Performance shouldn’t be harmed either, since Ferrari made significant modifications to the LaFerrari chassis to ensure torsional rigidity and beam stiffness matches the coupe. The aerodynamics were also tweaked to make up for the missing roof.
The LaFerrari Aperta will come with a removable panel that presumably needs to be stored back at home. A piece of fabric can be used temporally should the weather turn sour while en route.
Power comes from the LaFerrari’s familiar hybrid system that consists of a 6.3 liter V12, a pair of electric motors and a 7 speed dual clutch transmission. One of the motors helps the V12 power the rear wheels and recovers energy under braking, while the other spends most of its time as a generator, drawing its power from the V12 and ensuring the batteries have a minimum level of charge. The combined output is 950 horsepower.