Friday, 19 July 2013

Ferrari F12berlinetta

Words & photos: Daniel Bevis

The F12berlinetta is the fastest and most powerful production Ferrari yet. Resplendent in an all-new shade of Rosso Berlinetta, the aggressive FF-meets-Alfa-8C shape hides a front-mid-mounted 6262cc V12 offering 729bhp; it'll hit 62mph from a standstill in 3.1s, 0-125mph taking just 8.5s, and it'll lap the Fiorano test track in 1m23s - swifter than any other road-going Ferrari, past or present.

Typically, the car's not just about brute force, but acts as a showcase of everything the Modenese boffins have been tinkering with in their labs recently. The F12berlinetta features massive downforce and sylph-like drag (just Cd0.299), thanks to the Aero Bridge - a system that uses the bonnet to channel air away from the top of the car and down the flanks - and the Active Brake Cooling, which has ducts that open to cool the brakes on demand (rather than remaining open permanently and increasing drag).
These innovations, among others, enable the F12 to enjoy a dramatically lower CO2 figure than its predecessors, creating just 350g/km despite the monstrous performance. You can also expect to find E-Diff, ESP Premium, F1-Trac and high-performance ABS, an aero-inspired cockpit with passenger rev-counter, and impressive luggage space.
Its almost cartoonish proportions make perfect sense thanks to Scaglietti's eye for tying a complex shape together; the length of the nose and the sheer scale of the wheels in the short wheelbase dwarf the glasshouse, yet the silhouette flows impeccably as a cohesive whole. So... power, finesse, beauty, more power, practicality, intelligence, yet more power - it's everything we'd hope for from a new Ferrari. Parked alongside the 458 Italia and the FF, this is the strongest model line-up the firm's had in decades.

Of course, you know what the F12 looks like by now (presumably - if not, click here). So here are some fun detail shots for you, snapped in Goodwood's Supercar Paddock...

Click here for more photos from the 2013 Goodwood Festival of Speed

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