The Ferrari F12 Berlinetta just got better! The Ferrari F12tdf pays homage to the Tour de France, the legendary endurance road race that Ferrari dominated in the 1950s and 1960s, particularly with the 1956 250 GT Berlinetta which won four consecutive editions. Some actually thought this had something to do with the bike race. So it’s good we clear that up right away. The newest ultimate Ferrari model comes with an upgraded F12 Berlinetta engine. It now delivers 780PS (770hp), 40hp more than in the ‘regular’ model. This then translates into a specific power output of 125PS/liter, making it one of the more impressive engines available today. Maximum torque the vehicle can now achieve is 705Nm (520lb-ft) at 6,750 rpm (up from 690Nm), with 80 percent already available at 2,500 rpm.
The F12tdf is a concentration of technical innovations which involve all those areas central to Ferrari’s DNA: engine, aerodynamics and vehicle dynamics. As a result, in terms of acceleration, roadholding and agility, the new berlinetta is second to none.
Even the bodywork has been substantially redone as well. The body is now both lighter and more aerodynamically efficient. The Ferrari TdF now produces 87 percent more downforce than the stock Berlinetta, giving the car better handling and overall, improved stability. And thanks to its more extensive use of carbon fiber the F12 now weighs a good 240 pounds less. The Ferrari F12 TdF can accelerate from 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) in 2.9 seconds and from 0 to 200 km/h (124 mph) in just 7.9 seconds. Ferrari also claims it is able to lap the Fiorano circuit in just 1 min 21 sec. With impressive body styling, weight shedding, uprated engine and improved performance, this really is a remarkable vehicle.
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.
It will be made in only 799 units. Pricing is yet unknown, but it will definitely be appropriate for a limited edition model, as usual. Overall, the F12tdf is the ultimate expression of the concept of an extreme road car that is equally at home on the track too.