FERRARI REVEALS THE F12TDF WHICH PAYS HOMAGE TO THE TOUR DE FRANCE, THE LEGENDARY ENDURANCE ROAD RACE THAT FERRARI DOMINATED IN THE 1950S AND 60S, PARTICULARLY WITH THE 1956 250 GT BERLINETTA WHICH WON FOUR CONSECUTIVE EDITIONS.
It was a race that rewarded cars that combined maximum performance with the driveability and ease of use that enabled the competitors to race for hundreds of kilometres a day over fast, tortuous roads and on circuits. The F12tdf is the ultimate expression of the concept of an extreme road car that is equally at home on the track, and just 799 will be built.
In terms of the formal design language, the objective was to create a sophisticated interaction between the sculptural surfaces of the F12berlinetta and a more graphic treatment of the various new aerodynamic features. The best testament to this intent is the evolution of the Aerobridge, the design of which is further enhanced by the use of bare carbon-fibre. Developed in such a technical manner, this component combines with the other details in creating a coherent aesthetic approach to the whole car.
The car’s uncompromising sportiness is expressed with the same degree of purity in the deliberately Spartan cockpit. The wrap-around effect that embraces the driving position is intensified by the use of carbon-fibre housings for the instruments and satellite pods. The door panels have been pared back to a single carbon-fibre shell, while the glove compartment has disappeared to be replaced by simple knee padding.
Alcantara rather the traditional leather was chosen for the cabin trim, technical fabric for the seats and patterned aluminium instead of mats for the floor, once again with the aim of saving every last ounce of weight.
THE ENGINE IS THE F12BERLINETTA’S 6262CC 65° V12 ON WHICH FERRARI ENGINEERS WORKED TO BOOST MAXIMUM POWER OUTPUT FROM 740 CV TO 780 CV AT 8,500 RPM, YIELDING A SPECIFIC POWER OUTPUT OF 125 CV/L.
|Bore and stroke||3.7 x 2.96 in (94 x 75,2 mm)|
|Total displacement||382.13 cu in (6262 cm3)|
|Maximum power **||574 kW (780 CV) at 8500 rpm|
|Specific Output||92 KW/ cu in (125 CV/l )|
|Maximum torque||705 Nm at 6250 rpm|
|Maximum revs per minute (limiter)||8900 rpm|
|Maximum speed||over 211 mph (340 km/h)|
|0-62 mph (0-100 km/h)||2,9 sec|
|0-124 mph (0-200 km/h)||7,9 sec|
|62-0 mph||30,5 m|
|124-0 mph||121 m|
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