Unsurprisingly, it turns out Sergio Marchionne wasn’t kidding about the LaFerrari Spider. If you were one of the lucky 499 who purchased the original LaFerrari coupe, you are likely already in line for seconds, but for those who weren’t at the super-exclusive preview, the Italian automaker just revealed the convertible hypercar ahead of its Paris debut.
A San Diego-based EV conversion company salvaged a charred Ferrari (they had many to choose from) by turning it into what the company claims is the first fully electric Ferrari, a 415-horsepower electric tire-crusher. It’s glorious, if a little blasphemous.
When Ferrari’s FF made its debut for 2012, the model broke new ground by being the first Ferrari with four-wheel drive. (The four-wheel-drive system and the car’s four-place layout led to the “FF” designation.) The newly unveiled follow-up version adds four-wheel steering to the mix, but rather than adding a third “F” to the model name, Ferrari switched to the more evocative GTC4Lusso.
A YEAR AGO, Fiat Chrysler announced it would be spinning Ferrari off as its own company, offering around 10 percent of outstanding shares to the public. Today, Ferrari filed IPO paperwork to offer 17,175,000 shares on the NYSE, valuing the company around nearly $10 billion, at $48-$52 per share.
Turbos! Two of them—two big snails of swoosh—have invaded the holy sanctum of a Ferrari engine compartment, and life will never be the same. Next thing you know, the future CEO of a publicly traded Ferrari, one Juan Wang Lipschitz or somebody, will pull the sheet off an SUV with matching carbon-fiber Apple Watch and then, what the hell, we’re in Mad Max and the whole world is fried.