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Geneva 2012 Preview: Ferrari F12berlinetta

Geneva 2012 Preview: Ferrari F12berlinetta image

Text: / Photos: | posted March 01, 2012 18:05

The fastest Ferrari road car ever built

 

Everybody seems to want to do online reveals ahead of the actual, physical launch, and Ferrari is no different, as the Prancing Horse revealed their upcoming F12berlinetta online before its debut at Geneva in a few days' time.

Ferrari claims that this is the most powerful and high-performance Ferrari road car ever launched thanks to the incredibly efficient engine, which, together with advanced vehicle architecture, aerodynamics, components and electronic controls, guarantee unsurpassed driving involvement whatever the road or track.

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Ferrari’s traditional transaxle layout has been re-engineered 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. 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.

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Scaglietti 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 percent increase in structural rigidity while reducing weight to just 1525 kg with an ideal distribution between the axles.

The F12berlinetta’s 6.3 liter V12 engine delivers unprecedented performance and revs for a naturally-aspirated 12-cylinder. Its maximum power output is 740 PS while peak torqueis at 690 Nm. The engine is mated to the F1 dual-clutch transmission, which has closer gear ratios developed specifically for this car’s performance.

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. Top speed is quoted as over 340 km/h. It also lapped Ferrari's Fiorano circuit in just 1 minute 23 seconds; faster than any other Ferrari road car.