Ferrari has unveiled a special
F12berlinetta model that pays homage to the Tour de France endurance road
race. Ferrari dominated the event from the 1950s and '60s, particularly with the
1956 250 GT Berlinetta which won four consecutive editions in a row.
Just 799 examples will be built of the car, which Ferrari calls "the ultimate expression of the concept of an extreme road car".
The F12tdf's performance is assured by the 770 hp, naturally-aspirated V12 derived directly from the F12berlinetta's engine. The car's dynamic behavior, specifically its lateral acceleration in corners, is due to an 8% increase in the ratio of the front tires compared to the rear ones. The car's natural tendency to oversteer as a result of the change in tire sizes is compensated for by the innovative rear-wheel steering system - known as the Virtual Short Wheelbase, which is integrated with the other vehicle dynamic control systems - that guarantees the steering wheel response times and turn-in of a competition car while increasing stability at high speed. Cornering speeds are also higher thanks to the significant increase in downforce - +87% - which has reached unprecedented levels for a front-engined V12 berlinetta.
A radical redesign of the bodywork, interior, engine, transmission and running gear, along with the abundant use of carbon-fiber inside and out, has slashed 243 lb (110 kg) off the car's overall weight.
Outstanding stopping distances are guaranteed by the adoption of the new Extreme Design one-piece brake callipers already seen on the LaFerrari. This new-generation system means the car can brake from 62-0 mph in just 30.5 m and from 200-0 in 121 m.
F12tdf's Exterior and Interior Design
Designed by the Ferrari Styling center, the new F12tdf has particularly imposing yet sensual forms. All of the bodywork panels, from the chiseled nose to the tail, have been revised. Wider front and rear tracks also give the car an even more aggressive stance.
The rear spoiler is now 60mm longer and 30mm higher, while the rake of the rear screen has been made more vertical to extend the surface area over which the spoiler can generate downforce and to capitalize on its advantages more effectively. The concave curvature of the rear luggage hatch either side of the rear screen further enhances the solution.
The car's uncompromising sportiness is expressed with the same degree of purity in the deliberately Spartan cockpit. The wrap-around effect that embraces the driving position is intensified by the use of carbon-fiber housings for the instruments and satellite pods. The door panels have been pared back to a single carbon-fiber shell, while the glove compartment has disappeared to be replaced by simple knee padding. Alcantara rather the traditional leather was chosen for the cabin trim, technical fabric for the seats and patterned aluminum instead of mats for the floor, once again with the aim of saving every last ounce of weight.
The F12tdf's specification is completed by lightweight alloys with five twinned spokes that are designed to have the narrowest section possible to reduce unsprung weight.