Text: Marcus De Guzman / Photos: Ferrari | posted October 14, 2015 10:35
Ferrari pays homage to the 250 GT Berlinetta with the special edition F12tdf
Ferrari's latest car is not a 'GTO' or a 'Speciale' variant of a current nameplate. It is rather a tribute to the 1956 250 GT Berlinetta endurance road car that won the Tour De France(endurance road race) of the same year.
Say hello to the Ferrari F12tdf (Tour De France), a special edition F12 that will only be limited to 799 units and features a more aerodynamic exterior and a more powerful V12 motor.
It has a new front bumper along with a scooped lower section that delivers more down force according to Ferrari. Working in tandem with the bumper is a racecar-inspired splitter, floor wings and louvers that enables better aerodynamics.
Over to the side, the rear wheel arches feature louvers as well that help generate additional downforce. It does this by creating a depression that extracts air from the inner wheel arch, enabling an increase in underbody airflow efficiency.
Moving towards the rear, the spoiler is 60mm longer and 30mm higher while the rear windscreen has been made more vertical. This allows for a larger area for the down force to act upon. Completing the rear revisions of the supercar are the redesigned diffusers and vertical splitters.
In terms of weight, it is 110kg lighter than stock variants as Ferrari made extensive use of carbon fiber body panels both inside and outside of the car.
Dimension-wise, the F12tdf measures 4,656mm long, 1,961mm wide and 1,273mm tall.
The interior largely carries over from the standard F12 Berlinetta but it now has yellow strip accents seen on the seats and passenger glovebox.
Driving the F12tdf is the same 6.3-liter naturally aspirated V12 that has been tuned to 780 PS at 8,500 rpm along with 705 Nm of torque at 6,750 rpm. Aside from eclipsing the stock figures of 740 PS and 690 Nm of torque, the F12tdf is now capable of going from 0 – 100km/h in 2.9 seconds before going all the way to more than 340 km/h.
Transferring all that power to the rear wheels is a tweaked F1-derived dual clutch gearbox which features 6% shorter gear ratios. In addition, it has 30% faster upshifts and 40% faster downshifts.
Other improvements done on the F12tdf include: wider 275 front tires (255 stock), one-piece brake calipers derived from their hypercar LaFerrari and an active rear steering system called Virtual Short Wheelbase (VSW). Using a module-based control logic, the system allows the wheels to pivot around a vertical axis and automatically makes the necessary adjustments depending on the F12tdf's speed, steering wheel angle and steering speed.