Ferrari has built a limited-edition F12 supercar that pays homage to its success in the Tour de France. The Ferrari F12 TDF marries road-going capabilities with track-level upgrades, but only 799 copies will be built.
Under the sheetmetal, the Ferrari F12 TDF has the same naturally aspirated 6.3-liter V-12 engine as the standard F12 Berlinetta, but has been tuned to produce 770 hp and 520 lb-ft of torque. It has also shed 243 pounds thanks to the abundant use of carbon fiber and redesigned bodywork. Because of the modifications, the F12 TDF hits 62 mph in just 2.9 seconds, according to Ferrari. That's quicker than the (gasp) 488 GTB, which Ferrari says can hit 62 mph in 3 seconds flat. Of course, it's also quicker than the standard F12 Berlinetta listed at 3.1 seconds to 62 (or 3.6 seconds to 60 mph in our tests.)
According to Ferrari, the F12 TDF can cut through corners at faster speeds thanks to an 87-percent increase in downforce. Those gains in downforce were possible thanks in part to GT-racing-derived strakes, while a redesigned rear diffuser with three active flaps also improves aerodynamics. According to Ferrari, the aerodynamic changes make the TDF essentially an entirely new car.
Ferrari has also equipped the DCT transmission with shorter gear ratios that deliver 30-percent faster upshifts and 40-percent faster downshifts. And although Ferrari has increased the front tire size compared to the rear tires, a rear-wheel steering system known as Virtual Short Wheelbase compensates for this potential oversteer problem and helps increase stability at high speeds.
Other enhancements on the limited-edition model include a bigger rear spoiler, wider front and rear tracks, and completely redesigned bodywork panels. Inside the cockpit, look for raw carbon fiber as well as Alcantara fabric. A patterned aluminum material replaces the car's floormats, and knee padding takes the place of a traditional glove box in order to save more weight.
We're sure that the special-edition F12 models will go fast, if they haven't already been spoken for.