Dubbed the Holy Trinity, the McLaren P1, Porsche 918 Spyder and Ferrari LaFerrari quickly became the best of the best upon their release. These cars utilised hybrid technology in the pursuit of speed rather than just economy – a quest a lot more petrol-heads were able to get on-board with.
Unfortunately, all three have now ceased production, bringing their reign to an end. Today however, we’re going back in time to look at one, particularly pricey member of the Trinity – the LaFerrari. This 950bhp monster would sell for any amount over £1,150,000 back in 2013 – with the optional extras being the main culprits responsible for most major price increases.
An example of this would be if you wanted the carbon fibre rear diffuser – a decision which would add a massive £160,000 to the bill. Think that’s ridiculous? Well, that actually isn’t as much as if you wanted the front end of your LaFerrari finished in carbon fibre. That option alone was £216,000!
Opt out of the latter, however, and you can choose any one of these five options…
Thirteen brand-new Mini Hatches
Now that’s a lot of Minis – not even used ones either. ‘Why would anyone need thirteen Minis?’ you ask. Well, nobody exactly needs that many Minis, but if you’re in need of some Christmas gifts they could come in handy. Or you could just spec up three Cooper S/John Cooper Works models and pretend you and two mates are starring in The Italian Job. You’ll have quite a bit of money left over at the end of that too.
Two 2010 Ferrari Californias
Yes, for the same price as one optional part on a Ferrari, you can have two entire models from the Maranello-based brand. Bare in mind both will be used, though no one’s really going to argue when £216,000 can get you two Ferraris in really good condition. The California is truly a beautiful car inside and out, despite being the cheapest model Ferrari makes. With an amazing 453bhp 4.3-litre V8 delivering 0-60mph in 3.8 seconds, what’s not to like?
One brand-new Lamborghini Huracan Performante
If you’re buying a LaFerrari, you obviously like your mid-engined speed demons. Here’s one you can get for the cost of a single section of LaFerrari bodywork – the Lamborghini Huracan. But we’re not talking about just any Huracan. No, this is the ultimate Huracan, aptly named the Performante due to its insane performance. It’ll do 0-60mph in a rapid 2.9 seconds and go on to a top speed of over 200mph. This means that for the same price as a hyper car’s carbon fibre front end, you can buy one of the wackiest and most exciting supercars currently available.
Five 2008 Audi R8s
Another mid-engined supercar is the Audi R8. For the £216,000 budget, you can get five 2008 models, complete with a 4.2 litre V8 and a proper manual gearbox – that’s something you don’t get in most supercars nowadays. Made famous when it featured in the first Iron Man film, the R8 helped change the perception of the Audi badge. For the original R8, it meant less about sensibility and practicality, and more about emotion and excitement.
Six brand-new Abarth 124 GTs
Just like the LaFerrari front end, the Abarth 124 GT features carbon fibre. In this case, you get a carbon fibre roof. But where you can only get one carbon fibre front end with the Ferrari, you can get six carbon roofs with the Abarth –as well as the six 124 GTs they sit on top of. Ever wanted a 170bhp lightweight sports car for almost every day of the week? Now you can!