Ladies and gentlemen, feast your eyes on the Ferrari F12 TDF, the most anticipated hard-core track version of the F12 Berlinetta Grand Tourer.
The “TDF” stands for “Tour De France”. a name that was applied to a series of Ferrari endurance race cars during the 1950s and 1960s. Ferrari describes the F12 TDF as “the ultimate expression of the concept of an extreme road car that is equally at home on the track”.
The heart of this beast is a naturally aspirated 6.3 L V 12, which revs up to stratospheric 8900 rpm and produces 769 horsepower at 8500 rpm (up from 750 horsepower in the “standard” F12 Berlinetta) and 520 lb.ft.torque at 6750 rpm (up from 509 lb.ft.torque in the F12). Additional modification to the engine include variable-geometry intake trumpets and mechanical tappets among others to make the engine durable and sound really vicious during full throttle. The automated F1 manual transmission has also been reprogrammed for faster upshifts and downshifts.
Ferrari engineers claim that the F12 TDF is nearly 250 lbs lighter than the standard F12 Berlinetta. As a result, 0 to 62 mph is achieved in 2.9 seconds (down from 3.1 seconds in the F12) and crosses the quarter-mile in 7.9 seconds at 124 mph. Around the Fiorano test track, the Ferrari F12 TDF shaves 2 seconds off the lap time set by the F12, which now stands at 1:21 seconds. Ferrari estimates that the top speed is well over 211 mph. Braking distance has also been reduced as the F12 TDF comes to a complete stop from 62 mph in 100 ft and it only takes 397 ft to come to a complete stop from 124 mph.
However, the engine is not the only thing upgraded in the F12 TDF, the chassis has also been beefed up to handle the additional power. The Ferrari F12 TDF chassis boasts a wider front and rear track, and the front tire width has increased from 250 to 275 series. The F12 TDF also introduces rear-wheel steering (also known as Virtual Short Wheelbase). Ferrari says that the system counters the increased tendency to oversteer caused by the wider front tires, which yields in greater high-speed stability while also allowing for quick turn ins.
The F12 TDF’s downforce has increased by 87 percent according to Ferrari as a result of the extensively redesigned bodywork, with changes made to every body panel. The most obvious enhancements include the new shelf-style front splitter with vertical side panels, additionally, the now carbon fiber “Aerobridge” in the front fenders have also been reshaped. The rear quarter fenders now feature thee lovers, the rear spoiler is now larger, and the redesigned rear diffuser adds three active flaps to keep the car planted during triple digit speeds. Finally, even the side and rear windows have been redesigned for better aerodynamics.
Inside, to save weight, the leather seats are replaced with Alcantara covered race seats, patterned aluminum floors replace the carpets, the glove box has been replaced with knee padding,and the door panels are now made of carbon fiber.
As with all hyper fast Ferrari models, the F12 TDF is limited to 799 models worldwide. As of this writing, the company has not disclosed its official retail price, but the final price is expected to be north of $2.5 million, which was the sticker price for last year’s F60 America special edition. Regardless of the final price, it can be assumed that all 799 models have already been spoken for.
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