Ferrari has a real challenge on its hands. It made the new LaFerrari hybrid hypercar so extreme already that it left little room to crank it up to 11 and turn it into an XX development prototype like it did with the Enzo and the 599 before it. So it's really going to have to push the envelop to take it that extra step.

That's what it has apparently set out to do with this LaFerrari prototype at Monza, where the Prancing Horse marque was spotted preparing the upcoming LaFerrari XX. In fact, testers ran the prototype so hard that they broke the car's right rear suspension. Which is bound to happen, we guess, when you try to find that extra bit of performance in a vehicle that's already one of the most capable ever devised, but only goes to show how much deeper Ferrari will have to dig to find that even sharper edge.

Either that or Ferrari's working on some sort of four-wheel steering system with automatic camber adjustment... See for yourself in the video below.


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      DRAGON
      • 5 Months Ago
      There is no such a thing as "testers ran the car so hard that they broke the suspension". It's only about a poor suspension strength calculations. Seems that an engineer did not do his FEA job correctly. But, indeed, prototypes are meant to uncover design issues.
        1454
        • 5 Months Ago
        @DRAGON
        That's what I was thinking. That's why I hate when writers try and explain a failure to the general public. They make it sound like it was the test driver, or that ferrari "made the car faster", causing it to break. But the reality is either they had a poor design calculation or a material failure from the mfg. process. I'm banking on the former......Not that we will ever know.
          Matt Mossberg
          • 5 Months Ago
          @1454
          But couldn't it be what the title was implying? That Ferrari made enhancements to the engine, aero chasis etc but had the same suspension as the laferrari making the fxx go faster/pushing the limits even farther of what the regular suspension could do, causing the issue? Sure it could also be like you said but I don't see how we can tell from the video.
          Tom Wilson
          • 4 Months Ago
          @1454
          ……..it's more like a journalism failure.
        AAA
        • 4 Months Ago
        @DRAGON
        DRAGON- just FEA and suspension strength calculations? Hardly. It seems to me you're making some wild assumptions considering it could also be: 1. parts manufacturing defect 2. assembly error ...among other things.
      • 5 Months Ago
      The wing on this car is different and massive, kind of like it.
      Stinkyboy
      • 5 Months Ago
      too much junk in the trunk
      Edsel
      • 5 Months Ago
      What glorious, magical music! What will we hear when the future is all electric? No music, no soul.
        Matt Mossberg
        • 5 Months Ago
        @Edsel
        I'm optimistic when all the super cars and hyper cars are full electric they will have made a great organic substitute so beautiful soundtracks can continue.
          Edsel
          • 5 Months Ago
          @Matt Mossberg
          I foresee a big market to install engine audio soundtracks in electric cars. Imagine a Smart electric car "revving" a Ferrari V12 soundtrack at a stop light.
        11fiveoh
        • 5 Months Ago
        @Edsel
        "Whooosh"
      Brodz
      • 5 Months Ago
      Looks like the Camber arm popped out.... and then then back in again. Let's call it a dislocation. This car is something reminiscent of 60 and 70's Le Mans racers
        • 5 Months Ago
        @Brodz
        Thankfully it doesn't appear the test driver or anyone else was hurt.
      Jon L
      • 5 Months Ago
      What are you talking about? Thats an expensive feature, its called rear steering. What you are seeing is toe-in breaking. ;)
        1454
        • 5 Months Ago
        @Jon L
        Actually, and someone can correct any misinformation, but toe-in would help with turn in stability. However, that slight camber issue might not be a good thing........ Seemed to exceed any usable limits.
          1454
          • 5 Months Ago
          @1454
          Actually, I looked at the pic again, and that's more toe-out and camber in the opposite of any usable direction. However, it does seem to straighten up after he gets out of the corner. Caster...Maybe?
      JT
      • 5 Months Ago
      That's what prototypes are for. 900 horsepower on drift going to break something eventually.
      vt8919
      • 5 Months Ago
      I don't understand what's appealing about loud engines personally, but to each his own.
        r_dezi
        • 5 Months Ago
        @vt8919
        ah, I think you're on the wrong website.
        marlowemar
        • 5 Months Ago
        @vt8919
        If it has to be explained to you then you'll never understand.
        superchan7
        • 5 Months Ago
        @vt8919
        AutoblogGreen is this way >>>>>
        11fiveoh
        • 5 Months Ago
        @vt8919
        Nothing is appealing about just a loud exhaust, it's the tone. I don't see how anyone wouldn't be excited by the sound of this.
      realrambo
      • 4 Months Ago
      I have no clue who this anonymous writer is , isn't testing a prototype the only way and purpose pushing a vehicle to the extreme in order to expose weak points? Oh but that writer must have been on the team that design the Ford pinto or could it be the Pontiac fiero ..... Sometimes idiots should shut u[p .
      Davey Hiltz
      • 1 Month Ago

      Well, that might change my opinion on sports cars. I was thinking of getting one now that I've got a really good income. I would probably get something with good suspension because I live out in the country.

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      bK
      • 5 Months Ago
      that rearend is just ugly
        marlowemar
        • 5 Months Ago
        @bK
        Really? And you're a Ferrari owner and have already purchased the LaFerrari because they're already sold out.
          pavsterrocks
          • 5 Months Ago
          @marlowemar
          Yeah and market success is always an indicator of good design.. sure.. just look at how well BMW has done in the last decade, while the number of truly good designs from their brand is dwindling.
      Macvicar24
      • 5 Months Ago
      Blame Bush and WMD's. It's easier that way
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