The new 2013 Ferrari F12berlinetta, which make its official debut at the 2012 Geneva International Motor Show, if finished in a new Rosso Berlinetta three layer color. The new car is the most powerful and high performance Ferrari road-car ever launched which bring together of mechanical, combustion and fluid dynamics efficiency engine with advanced car design, aerodynamics components and electronic controls.
Ferrari’s traditional transaxle layout has been revolutionized 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.
All new spaceframe chassis and bodyshell of the Ferrari F12berlinetta is designed by Scaglietti using 12 different types of alloys, some of which have been use for the first time in the automotive industry. This increased structural rigidity around 20% and at the same time reducing weight to just 1525 kg (70 kg less than the previous V12 coupe).
Under the hood of the new Ferrari F12berlinetta is the 6262cc 65° V12 engine produces unprecedented performance and revs for a naturally-aspirated 12-cylinder. Its maximum power output is 740 CV which translates to a specific output of 118 CV/l. Torque reaches a peak of 690 Nm, 80 per cent of which is already available at just 2,500 rpm, and which provides an unrelenting surge of acceleration all the way to the 8,700 rpm limit. The engine is mated to the F1 dual-clutch transmission, which has closer gear ratios developed specifically for this car’s performance. The Ferrari F12berlinetta boasts a weight-to-power ratio of just 2.1 kg/CV.
Fuel consumption has been reduced by 30%, with CO2 emissions of just 350 g/km – figures which put the Ferrari F12berlinetta at the top of the high-performance league.
Similarly excellent results have been obtained with the car’s aerodynamic development, thanks to the integration of the design process with extensive computational fluid dynamics (CFD) simulations and lengthy testing in the wind tunnel. Downforce has been boosted by 76 per cent (123 kg at 200 km/h) while drag has been significantly reduced (the Cd is just 0.299). These results come courtesy of two new solutions. The first of these is the Aero Bridge which uses the bonnet to generate downforce by channelling air away from the upper part of the car to its flanks where it interacts with the wake from the wheel wells to decrease drag. The second is Active Brake Cooling, a system that opens guide vanes to the brake cooling ducts only at high operating temperatures, again reducing drag.
The Ferrari 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 Ferrari F12berlinetta 12-cylinder accelerates from 0-100 km/h in 3.1 seconds and from 0 to 200 km/h in 8.5 seconds. It also completes a lap of the Fiorano circuit in 1’23″, faster than any other Ferrari road car. Benchmark performance and maximum driving involvement are guaranteed by immediate turn-in, with smaller steering wheel angles, and increased cornering speed. Stopping distances have also been drastically reduced.