Ferrari F12berlinetta

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Ferrari F12berlinetta

Ferrari has revealed the first images and information on the F12berlinetta, the most powerful and fastest Ferrari ever built, with a new V12 delivering 740 hp and a new aluminum spaceframe.

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Recently previewed with the name F620 GT, the F12berlinetta features a new V12 engine and advanced architecture, aerodynamics, components and electronic controls, which make it the most powerful Ferrari road car ever produced, with an output of 740 hp, a 0-100 km/h time of 3.1 seconds, a 0-200 km/h sprint in 8.5 seconds and a top speed of over 340 km/h.

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Design

Ferrari F12berlinetta

The F12berlinetta was designed by the Ferrari Styling Centre in collaboration with Pininfarina.

The car successfully combines uncompromising aerodynamics with harmonious proportions, which interpret the typical elements of Ferrari’s front-engined V12 cars.

Thanks to careful aerodynamic studies, the downforce has been increased by 76 per cent (123 kg at 200 km/h) while drag has been significantly reduced – the Cd is 0.299.

The dimensions are relatively compact, with a length of 4618 mm, a width of 1942 mm and a height of 1273 mm, while the total dry weight is just 1,520 kg, achieved through an all-aluminum construction.

Ferrari F12berlinetta Compared to the recent FF, the F12berlinetta leaves the original yet controversial shooting-brake rear end in favor of a more conventional coupé-line profile.

Nevertheless, it adopts a similar design language, with muscular, sharply defined shoulders, a distinctive face with elongated, LED lights, a large front “mouth” and trapezoidal side air intakes; and a rear end visually defined by the circular tail lights and the lower dark diffuser.

A new, distinctive element is the sculpted flank, which is defined by a straight character line on the top and by a dynamic, accelerating line that originates from the side opening behind the front wheels and rises up the car’s flank visually connecting with the rear shoulder.

Ferrari F12berlinetta Interior

The interior has all-new Frau leather upholstery and new carbon fiber and aluminum air vents inspired by the aeronautic field and positioned in the middle of the light dashboard.

The cabin has been optimized for maximum usability of the interior space with additional luggage capacity behind the seats, which can also be easily reached thanks to the aperture offered by the tail-gate.

Below we report the official information on the technical features of the car.

From the official Press Release:

Technical Features

Ferrari’s traditional transaxle layout has been revolutionized to match the more extreme performance of the car.

The wheelbase has been shortened and the engine, dashboard and seats have been lowered in the chassis, while the new layout of the rear suspension and gearbox enabled Ferrari’s engineers to make the rear volume of the car smaller.

Ferrari F12berlinetta Interior The overall result is a very compact car with a lower centre of gravity that is further back in the chassis, and a level of aerodynamic efficiency that sets new standards.

Scaglietti, renowned for its expertise in aluminium materials and construction, designed an all-new spaceframe chassis and bodyshell using 12 different kinds of alloys, some of which have been used here for the first time in the automotive sector, and employing new assembly and joining techniques.

This has resulted in a 20 per cent increase in structural rigidity while reducing weight to just 1525 kg (70 kg 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 engine delivers unprecedented performance and revs for a naturally-aspirated 12-cylinder. Its maximum power output is 740 CV which translates to a specific output of 118 CV/l.

Torque reaches a peak of 690 Nm, 80 per cent of which is already available at just 2,500 rpm, and which provides an unrelenting surge of acceleration all the way to the 8,700 rpm limit. The engine is mated to the F1 dual-clutch transmission, which has closer gear ratios developed specifically for this car’s performance. The F12berlinetta boasts a weight-to-power ratio of just 2.1 kg/CV.

Fuel consumption has been reduced by 30%, with CO2 emissions of just 350 g/km – figures which put the F12berlinetta at the top of the high-performance league. These results have been obtained by extensive research and development which focused on efficiencies of the whole vehicle: engine, aerodynamics, tyres and weights.

The aerodynamic development saw the integration of the design process with extensive computational fluid dynamics (CFD) simulations and lengthy testing in the wind tunnel.

Downforce has been boosted by 76 per cent (123 kg at 200 km/h) while drag has been significantly reduced (the Cd is just 0.299). These results come courtesy of two new solutions.

The first of these is the Aero Bridge which uses the bonnet to generate downforce by channelling 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 impressive technical specifications are completed by Ferrari’s latest generation 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 new Prancing Horse 12-cylinder accelerates from 0-100 km/h in 3.1 seconds and from 0 to 200 km/h in 8.5 seconds. It also completes a lap of the Fiorano circuit in 1’23”, faster than any other Ferrari road car. Benchmark performance and maximum driving involvement are guaranteed by immediate turn-in, with smaller steering wheel angles, and increased cornering speed. Stopping distances have also been drastically reduced.

Ferrari F12berlinetta – Technical Specifications

Engine

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Type: 65-degree V12
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Total displacement: 6262 cc
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Maximum power output: 740 CV at 8500 rpm
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Maximum torque: 690 Nm at 6000 rpm

Dimensions and weight

  • 
Length 4618 mm
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Width 1942 mm
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Height 1273 mm
  • 
Dry weight* 1525 kg
  • 
Weight distribution 46% front, 54% rear
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Weight-power ratio 2.1 kg/CV

Performance

  • Maximum speed over 340 km/h
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0-100 km/h 3.1 seconds
  • Fuel consumption and emissions
  • (ECE + EUDC combined cycle)
  • Consumption** 15l/100 km
  • CO2 350 g/km

*With lightweight options
**With HELE System

(Source: Ferrari)

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