An innovative numerical dashboard in the LaFerrari
For the new limited special series LaFerrari, which was presented at the Geneva Motor Show, Ferrari has chosen MTA as a provider of innovative and reconfigurable digital instrument panel.
The dashboard has a wide TFT screen of 12.3″, which required the use of two powerful microprocessors. The first for compiling information from the car itself, the second dedicated to the management of complex graphics.
The dashboard is integrated with a carbon cover and allows the driver to choose between two graphics configurations, one more faithful to the traditional dashboards, with central tachometer for use on the road, the other with an essential display of “Racing” type for the circuit.
From a small lever on the steering wheel, these two configurations are available to the driver regardless of the dynamic control.
LaFerrari offers five different configurations of dynamic controls, from the quieter “Wet” to completely sporty “CST Off” mode through the “Sport”, “Race” or “CT Off.” A digital icon in the upper left panel shows at any time in which mode the car is without the driver having to leave the road look.
In “traditional” configuration, the tachometer always appears in the center of the dashboard while the side views, configurable using the “satellite” button placed in the door next to the driver, change and help keeping under control several parameters of the car such as speed, liquids temperature, TPMS (Tire Pressure Management System), parking sensors, and more.
Innovation characterizes the screen pages: those that show the status of the KERS (Kinetic Energy Recovery System), those that detect the activated electronic control systems for each configuration of the controller or those presenting the conditions of the car in terms of services it is able to provide. The display data from GPS developed by a remote unit dedicated to all infotainment functions, fully compatible with the dashboard, is also attractive.
In “Racing” configuration, the vehicle information are preferred, such as the gear engaged and engine speed. The graphics appear more dynamic after all, and gives to all the dashboard a more pronounced race car look. Again, thanks to the satellite button from the door, it is possible to configure the information displayed laterally, including a telemetry unit, similar to the one on race cars which works on the same principle as the infotainment previously mentioned. Telemetry is indeed managed by an external control unit that collects data and transmits it to the dashboard through the video channel that will display, ensuring optimum driving experience.