Unofficially costing a tick under $1.7 million, LaFerrari is as expensive as it is fast; at 950 hp, it's expected to travel from 0-186 mph in a staggering 15.5 seconds. But not just any rich wannabe with the need for speed can throw down some change and buy one; Ferrari screen you, check your eligibility, and compare you against other well-to-do potential buyers. Having a garage loaded with Ferraris is a prerequisite, but as we found out in our chat with LA Angels pitcher CJ Wilson - who incidentally bought LaFerrari's nemesis, the McLaren P1 - buying a Ferrari (any Ferrari) is a task tougher than sinking a ten-foot putt for the win at Augusta; Ferrari are reducing production as they seek to ensure the brand remains exclusive.
As you can see in the video, Poulter admits to being a Ferrari fan, even owning a rare F40, an Enzo and the first ever 288 GTO--hence my question about whether he would attempt to buy the Enzo's successor, LaFerrari. He went deathly silent on air, with a "no comment" kind of expression. Once we wrapped up the interview, I pressed the golfer again, saying: "So Ian, did you buy LaFerrari then?" His reply: "Yes, I did," sporting a grin the size of Texas.
For Poulter, who finished third in this year's The Open Championship, and has already amassed close to $1.5 million in prize money for 2013, he stands to join an elite group of just 499 hand-selected buyers.
- Ian Poulter