Ferrari LaFerrari led the test mule auction

A very early Ferrari LaFerrari test mule will go up for auction on May 14 with RM Sotheby’s.

The code-named M6, the test mule is based on a Ferrari 458 Italia that still shows stock on the outside. However, it does include an early version of LaFerrari’s hybrid powertrain with a V-12 engine. This engine is an F140FB, though, instead of the next F140FE version that powered the production LaFerrari.

Removable exterior panels are fitted (and included with the sale) for specific stages of testing. According to the list, engineers also modified the shock tower as part of a weight distribution study.

Ferrari LaFerrari test mule - Photo credit: RM Sotheby's

Ferrari LaFerrari test mule – Photo credit: RM Sotheby’s

This test mule was used between May 2011 and December 2012, primarily for testing steering, suspension, brakes, tires, and stability control. It was succeeded by the prototypes of “Second Family Mulotipo” and “Third Family Preserie” with the bodywork close to the final production LaFerrari, which debuted in 2013.

Work has been completed, this experimental mule was sold to a private owner in July 2016, with a refresh and repaint as part of the sale. It is officially recognized by Ferrari and certified by the Classic section of the automaker, but according to the list it is not street legal. RM Sotheby’s has not released a pre-auction estimate, but note that the next LaFerrari prototype is identical to the production model that sold for $ 2.2 million in 2017.

The final product was the LaFerrari 950 hp, and the coupe version, according to Ferrari, could reach 0-60 mph in less than three seconds. The automaker has produced 500 LaFerrari coupes and 210 LaFerrari Aperta Convertibles. The last of each body style was created for a charity auction.

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