One of the most important models produced by the firm is also the ugliest Ferrari ever created. Ferrari is recognized for producing vehicles that are quite intriguing to look at, despite the model we’re looking at today’s painful appearance and excruciating price tag. We should start by examining Ferrari’s flagship LaFerrari, a car that was created faster than it could be sold (via NBC). The LaFerrari isn’t simply the priciest Ferrari in the world; it also played a key role in introducing the brand to the world of hybrid supercars.
Now, considering its vast list of awards, how can the gorgeous LaFerrari even be compared to the ugliest Ferrari ever produced? There’s more to the LaFerrari than meets the eye, just like the peculiar beginnings of its well-known prancing horse insignia. It was among the most hideous luxury cars ever created when it was first designed, and the early prototypes were nothing like the finished model we see today.
The ugliest Ferrari gave birth to an icon
Enter the test vehicle 2012 Ferrari F150 M6, which evolved into the brilliant LaFerrari that made its debut in 2013. The LaFerrari prototype doesn’t resemble the pinnacle of Ferrari’s range at all for a vehicle that literally stands for “The Ferrari.” It was most recently put up for auction at Sotheby’s with an estimated price of between €1.4 million and €1.8 million (about $1.42 million and $1.83 million), however it never found a buyer. The trouble is, according to the auctioneer, the chassis doesn’t even remotely resemble a LaFerrari and is instead based on the 458 Italia. The ugliest Ferrari was only ever intended to be used as a test vehicle, unlike vehicles that are simply poorly designed.
The LaFerrari’s development was done in secret, thus the M6 ended up appearing like a bent 458, complete with a disorganized engine room full with cyberpunk-style tubes, foils, and a ton of wires. However, its historical significance, including the first application of Ferrari’s Electronic Stability Program and the Ferrari KERS (Kinetic Energy Recovery System) in its early stages, are concealed behind its camouflaged outer shell (ESP). As if that weren’t enough, its interior was littered with actual handwritten notes from its engineers. The concept of spending millions to purchase the most hideous Ferrari ever manufactured may be laughed at by some, but few others can also claim to have a piece of Ferrari history in their garage.
Can this hideous Ferrari even run?
Even though few people would choose to travel in what appears to be a piece of abandoned junk, it appears that even the ugliest Ferrari performs admirably. The F150 M6s are in fact fully operational. The model sold by Sotheby’s has a little over 3,000 kilometers on its odometer in addition to its massive 950-horsepower V12 engine, despite appearing to be a hazardous bolted-on death trap.
However, the seller claims it cannot be registered because it lacks homologation and is therefore unfit for road use. That shouldn’t come as a surprise given that it’s more appropriate for a post-apocalyptic scenario than a public road. Or, if you look at the vehicle from a certain angle, you might think you’re preparing for some sort of time machine situation, so you don’t need roads to get where you’re going.
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However, not all LaFerrari prototypes are as repulsive, such as the more polished matte-black F150 M4 sold on Mecum. According to the auctioneer, the M4 was apparently used to test the mechanical components and emission parameters of the LaFerrari. Of course, the M4’s function isn’t as important as the ugliest Ferrari in the stable, especially since the M6 paved the way for Ferrari’s first hybrid technology system. With that in mind, it’s safe to say that one of the greatest Ferraris of all time owes its hybrid supercar prowess to the ugliest Ferrari ever built.