New Ferrari F12 tdf

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New Ferrari F12 tdf  

769bhp, 110kg weight loss and a limited to 799 examples, F12 tdf is the ultimate front-engined Ferrari

This is the new limited-edition Ferrari F12 tdf – Tour de France – a lighter, more powerful and faster F12 that pays homage to the classic French road race of the 1950s and 60s, an event Ferrari excelled in with models such as the 250 GT Berlinetta.

The F12 tdf is powered by the same 6.2-litre V12 engine as found in the regular F12, but power has increased from 730bhp to 769bhp produced at 8500rpm (up 250rpm) and torque climbs to 520lb ft (up 11lb ft) produced at 6,750rpm, 750rpm higher than the standard F12. The engine’s rev limit is also raised 200rpm to 8900rpm. The performance increases have been achieved in part by the adoption of race inspired mechanical tappets and variable geometry intake trumpets derived from the company’s F1 cars.

As with the F12, a seven-speed double-clutch gearbox is fitted, but the ratios are specific to the tdf and are six per cent shorter than a regular F12. The gearbox’s upshifts are also 30 per cent faster with downshifts quicker by 40 per cent.

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Performance improves across the board, with two-tenths shaved from the 0-62mph time (now 2.9-secs), the 0-124mph drops from 8.5-secs to 7.9secs and the top speed is said to be “in excess of 211mph”. Its Fiorano lap time is a 1min 21sec.

The engine improvements go some way to explain the performance increases, but the 110kg weight saving means the F12 tdf weighs just 1415kg (dry). The weight savings have been achieved by extensive use of carbonfibre inside and out.

Dynamically the F12 tdf features wider front and rear tracks with a larger wheel and tyre combination for the front axle. The front wheel is half an inch wider at 10in, while the front tyre grows from a 255 to a 275 section. The tdf’s wheels are also a new lightweight design. To curb any increase in oversteer Ferrari has developed a new ‘Virtual Short Wheelbase’, which is the company’s version of rear wheel steering. The single piece brake calipers are taken directly from the La Ferrari.

Aerodynamics play a significant role in the F12 tdf’s improved performance, too. Downforce is up by 87 per cent – it increases by 107kg at 124mph to 230kg – thanks in part to a new front bumper that incorporates a new lower scoop, splitter, dive planes, floor wings and louvres that are all inspired by the company’s motor sport activities.

New bare carbon fibre aerobridges running out of the front wings channel air along the sides of the car and over louvres in the rear arches to create a depression in airflow, thus drawing the turbulent air out of the wheel arches. This in turns allows the heavily revised underbody to generate more downforce.

The F12 tdf’s rear spoiler is also 60mm longer and 30mm higher and the rear screen has a more vertical rake to it allowing for an increase to the spoiler’s surface area.

Under its heavily revised body, the F12 tdf features three pairs of GT racing inspired strakes that account for 30 per cent of the downforce increase. The rear diffuser is also new and features three active flaps to both increase and accelerate the airflow beneath the car. Such is the aero work carried out on the F12 tdf every body panel has been modified in some way.

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