The Ferrari F12 was built for speed. A replacement for the 599 GTB, the automaker designed its engine to be more efficient and more powerful. Ferrari claimed the F12 could accelerate from 0 to 62 mph in 3.1 seconds, 0 to 124 mph in 8.5 seconds, and reach a top speed of 211 mph. The company also said the F12 could lap the Fiorano test circuit – Ferrari’s private racetrack – in 1 minute and 23 seconds, three and a half seconds faster than the 599.
The car’s engine management system is fitted with Ferrari’s HELE start-stop system to cut down on fuel consumption when idling. The F12 also includes aerodynamic features developed with wind tunnel and CFD (computational fluid dynamics) testing. Additionally, the vehicle has active brake cooling ducts that open to direct cooling air only when the brakes are hot, keeping them closed at other times to reduce aerodynamic drag.
Off to the Races
Founded by Enzo Ferrari in 1939, the company built its first automobile in 1940. However, Ferrari’s true birth as an auto manufacturer is usually recognized as 1947, the year the first Ferrari-badged vehicle was completed. A company hallmark has been its continued involvement in racing; Ferrari is the oldest and most successful Formula One racing team of all time.
The inaugural F12 debuted at the 2012 Geneva Motor Show. The car’s naturally-aspirated, 6.3-liter, Ferrari V12 engine won the 2013 International Engine of the Year Award in the Best Performance category and Best Engine above 4.0 liters. Car magazine Top Gear named the vehicle “The Supercar of the Year 2012.”
“The Ferrari F12 Berlinetta offers breathtaking performance in a beautifully sculpted exterior,” raved a Roadshow review on cnet.com. “The attention to detail is legendary, and the JBL sound system offers great performance. …The Ferrari F12 Berlinetta is a stunning car that is a thrill to drive fast and a pleasure to drive slow.”
2014 Ferrari F12 Specs:
- 6.3-liter, V12 engine
- 731 hp
- Seven-speed, dual-clutch transmission
- Weight: 3,948 pounds
- Two-door Berlinetta body style