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Ferrari LaFerrari Spied On Nürburgring

LaFerrari setting a lap time?

The most extreme, most powerful Ferrari road car ever has taken to lapping the Nürburgring, and these spy photos show the LaFerrari attacking the Nordschleife. As the Italian company hasn't yet revealed a Nürburgring lap time for its hybrid hypercar, this Ferrari LaFerrari could be tasked with recording a quick lap on the track.

The Ferrari LaFerrari made its official debut at the 2013 Geneva Motor Show, and instantly took the crown as the fastest-ever Ferrari road car. Its mid-mounted 6.3-liter V-12 engine, which makes 789 hp alone, is augmented by a pair of electric motors that bring total output to 951 hp and 664 lb-ft of torque. A seven-speed dual-clutch transmission helps direct that power to the rear wheels, and enables a claimed 0-to-62-mph run of less than three seconds.

While Ferrari has not said how quickly the LaFerrari laps the 'Ring, it did reveal that the hybrid turned a 1:20 minute lap around its Fiorano, Italy, test track. That's three seconds quicker than today's Ferrari F12 Berlinetta and five seconds quicker than the old Ferrari Enzo. Based on that, we expect a strong Nürburgring performance from the Ferrari LaFerrari.The car will have some stiff competition, however, as the Porsche 918 Spyder plug-in hybrid managed to lap the so-called Green Hell in 6:57 minutes, which Ferrari will no doubt endeavor to beat.

The Ferrari LaFerrari prototype spotted by our spy photographers looks nearly identical to the one on the Geneva show stage, and it is covered with only the lightest coat of camouflage tape. Out front, the car's pointed nose and enormous lower air intakes are visible; front behind, the Ferrari's quartet of exhaust tips peeks out from the prominent aerodynamic diffuser and cooling mesh vents.

Stay tuned for the official word on how quickly the Ferrari LaFerrari lapped the Nürburgring.