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730HP, 211MPH Ferrari F12berlinetta V12 - Web Exclusive

The car is the most powerful and high-performance Ferrari road car ever launched.

Greg Emmerson
Mar 1, 2012
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Ferrari held an online unveiling for its new F12berlinetta model that will officially debut at the Geneva International Auto Show and that is said to herald a new generation of 12-cylinder Ferraris.

Finished in a new Rosso Berlinetta paint, the car is the most powerful and high-performance Ferrari roa car ever launched, thanks to the incredibly efficient 730hp V12 engine – in terms of mechanical, combustion and fluid-dynamics efficiency. Together with advanced architecture, aerodynamics, components and electronic controls, it’s guaranteed to surpass expectations on the road or track.

Ferrari’s traditional transaxle layout has been revolutionized as the layout of the rear suspension and transmission enabled Ferrari engineers to make the rear volume of the car smaller. At the same time, the wheelbase has been shortened and the engine, dashboard and seats lowered in the chassis. The result is a compact car with a lower center of gravity that’s placed further back in the chassis, and a level of aerodynamic efficiency that sets new standards.

Renowned for its aluminum expertise, Scaglietti designed an all-new spaceframe chassis and bodyshell using 12 different alloys, some of which are used for the first time in the automotive sector. Employing new assembly and joining techniques, it’s resulted in a 20 per cent increase in structural rigidity while reducing weight to just 3360 lb (150 lb less than the previous V12 coupé), with an ideal distribution between the axles (54 per cent over the rear).

The F12berlinetta’s 6262cc 65° V12 delivers a maximum power output of 730hp which translates to a specific output of 116hp/liter.

Torque reaches a peak of 509 lb-ft, with 80 per cent available at just 2500rpm. It’s said to provide an unrelenting surge of acceleration all the way to the 8700rpm limit.

The engine is mated to an F1 dual-clutch transmission, which has closer ratios developed for the car’s performance.

Fuel consumption has been reduced by 30 per cent, which put the F12berlinetta at the top of the high-performance league. These results have been obtained by extensive research and development focusing on efficiencies of the engine, aerodynamics, tires and weight.

Thanks to extensive computational fluid dynamics (CFD) simulations and lengthy testing in the wind tunnel, downforce has been boosted by 76 per cent (271 lb at 125mph), while drag has been reduced (the Cd is just 0.299).

These results come courtesy of two new solutions. The first is the Aero Bridge, which uses the hood to generate downforce by channeling air away from the upper part of the car to its flanks, where it interacts with the wake from the wheel wells to decrease drag.

The second is Active Brake Cooling, a system that opens guide vanes to the brake cooling ducts only at high operating temperatures, again reducing drag.

The F12berlinetta’s technical specifications continue with Ferrari’s latest carbon-ceramic brakes (CCM3) and the evolution of the magnetorheological suspension control system (SCM-E).

As is now traditional with all Ferraris, its control systems (E-Diff, ESP Premium, F1-Trac, and high-performance ABS) are all fully integrated.

The result is that the V12 sports car accelerates from 0-62mph in 3.1 seconds, and from 0-124mph in 8.5 seconds. It also completes a lap of the Fiorano circuit in 1’23”, faster than any other Ferrari road car.

The design of the F12berlinetta is a result of the collaboration between the Ferrari Styling Centre and Pininfarina, offering a balance of aerodynamics with proportions interpreting the typical elements of Ferrari’s front-engined V12 cars.

The new Frau leather interior highlights the balance of advanced technology and handcrafted detailing. In the middle of the dashboard, there are new carbon fiber and aluminum air vents inspired by aeronautics.

The cabin has been optimized to ensure maximum space with additional luggage capacity behind the seats, which can be easily reached thanks to the large tailgate.

TECHNICAL SPECIFICATIONS

Engine Type 65-degree V12
Total Displacement 6262cc
Maximum Power Output 730hp at 8500rpm
Maximum Torque 509 lb-ft at 6000rpm Dimensions and Weight
Length 4618 mm
Width 1942 mm
Height 1273 mm
Dry Weight 3360 lb
WeightDistribution 46% front, 54% rear Performance
Maximum Speed over 211mph
0-62mph 3.1 seconds

By Greg Emmerson
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