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Peter Steven's LaFa Critic

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LaFerrari Critic from the designer of the Jaguar XJR-15 & McLaren F1


"Pretentious, moi?"


Penning perhaps the most significant and revered supercar ever built gives you a certain margin when it comes to criticising others, and given the opposing philosophies behind McLaren's almost understated F1 of 1994 and the recent sensual assault represented by Ferrari's latest supercar, it's hard to argue with Peter Stevens.


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“Pretentious, moi?”, as Miss piggy would have said.

The last memorable use of the word 'La' written ahead of the name of a car was back in 1956 when Dodge named their new model, which was specifically target towards women, the Dodge La Femme. Tasteful pastel two-tone colours and wide whitewall tyres was how Dodge thought it could capture a female following.

Now Ferrari has bizarrely called their latest car the ‘LaFerrari’ and it's suggested that the original name was to be ‘F150’ - that would have raised a few laughs in the American Midwest. It wouldn't, however, be surprising if Ferrari was thinking of a similar customer base, as this thing positively reeks of testosterone. 800 or maybe 950 horsepower is laughable, as is the need to exceed 60mph in less time than it takes to blow your nose. Perish the thought that many customers will be faced with the dilemma of which to do first.

The fact that the ‘LaF’ is such a grim looking piece of styling does not help its irrelevant cause, and it certainly won’t attract those in touch with their feminine side. There will be endless observations from the chaps in Maranello that it looks that way because of the technology but that is always a lame excuse. Both the front end and the rear are brutalist in the way that an A10 ‘Warthog’ aircraft is and that was designed purely for killing people.

Showing a singular lack of finesse, the handling of the forms, particularly around the rear of the front wheel-arch, is particularly poor but in truth it is the adulation with which such a car is greeted that is so out of date, not the surface treatment. The really clever people know that there is still pleasure to be had in driving a responsive and rewarding car but they also know that, just like Ettore Bugatti and his delicate 1927 Type 35 Bugatti, you do not need the horsepower of an earth mover to have fun. Or of a ‘truck’, as he described Bentleys.

A little bit of visible responsibility in these difficult times could be a much better message than that given out by this ‘LaF-a-minute’ memorial to excess.

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post #2 of 16 Old 03-21-2013, 10:26 PM
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Rather harsh in a needless way. Does he have an axe to grind?

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Rather harsh in a needless way. Does he have an axe to grind?
I thought so to, but them maybe I'm biased. Was he involved in the P1 project in any way?

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No - he left McLaren Cars before the Mercedes invasion.

Not involved in the P1 project - he just has an eye for good design and stupid names.

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Sour grapes!

If he had a La wind tunnel / credibility and a driving experience etc.

Sounds like a boy who has lost his way.

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Pretty harsh words there. But not really unexpected, considering he worked at McLaren.

Guess you just take it with a grain of salt...

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I don't get his criticism... There is never any doubt about Ferrari and pretentiousness.
For anyone who wants to avoid it, there are plenty of other car makers around.

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I don't get his criticism... There is never any doubt about Ferrari and pretentiousness.
For anyone who wants to avoid it, there are plenty of other car makers around.
This, plus, who does he think he is? he acts as if everyone thinks the mclaren f1 was a nice looking car. I for one never liked it.

Sounds like he's being a crybaby because of advanced technology and looks.

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Sounds like someone with his thumb stuck up his rear end and his nose in the air. Never thought the McLaren F1 was particularly good looking, and they overheated like the devil in the real world, which the F150 will not.

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I agree Terry, although the McLaren F1 is technologically a great car for it's time, the styling has never been a selling point in my eyes. It's a rather dull car to look at. Incredible to drive though.

I think the main issue here is that Peter's latest creation is a completely hideous miniature car that is all electric. I believe he just thinks he's above such wasteful cars as these hyper-exotics.


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I have a huge respect for Peter Stevens and his designs but this critique is just childish. He dropped several branches down the hero tree and is clinging on to the last one.


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Onno- Very fair, since I had never heard of him before.

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not a fan of the f1 styling. or the mp412c. love most ferrari styling though. pretentious? ferrari? nah!



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could we be talking about the difference between brits and italians? not sure where the brits have one upped the italians. except maybe banking?



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could we be talking about the difference between brits and italians? not sure where the brits have one upped the italians. except maybe banking?
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Onno- Very fair, since I had never heard of him before.
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