The LaFerrari is one of the most desirable hypercars yet to emerge from the Ferrari stable, a fact evidenced when all 499 examples sold out almost overnight despite the car costing a cool £1.15m. Today, the hybrid supercar commands twice as much when sold at auction. Yet none of this appeared to deter Ian Poulter, the professional golfer and Ferrari enthusiast, from using one of his LaFerraris for a quick spot of chip-putt practice.
A video posted to his social media account shows the Ryder Cup legend using the 950bhp supercar for a chip shot. Yet the car in question isn’t just a Laferrari, it’s the open-top Aperta version, of which only 210 were made – making it even more valuable than the Berlinetta.
Poulter reportedly owns two LaFerrari superars, a black open-top Aperta edition and a red coupe personalised with gatorskin hide. Rather than remove the Aperta’s targa-type roof panel and chipping the ball into the cabin, he takes on the challenge of chipping it through the Ferrari’s open windows. Given the shallow window area of both, his chip shot is no mean feat.
However, he’ll have to try harder if he’s to outshine fellow professional golfer Jake Shepherd, who paired up with David Coulthard to set a record for the fastest golf shot caught in a moving car. The dynamic duo used a Mercedes SLS AMG Roadster to catch a ball, chasing it at speed of up to 178mph. You can watch the record being set, below.
At his country club home in Florida, Poulter is said to keep other Ferraris including an Enzo, a Testarossa, 275 GTB and a 288 GTO, plus more modern models, the F12tdf and 458 Speciale A. And for those days when he doesn’t feel like driving an Italian thoroughbred, he reportedly owns a pair of Ford GTs.
Poulter has also kept his fans impressed with his virtual driving skills. His home boasts an motorsports racing simulator, which he has used to compete in the eSports Virtual Grand Prix.