"The Ferrari F12 has never been written to anyone, but it is more important than this, but it should not be changed. special version of the F12, limited in production but unlimited in ambition. " - Coach.
Introduced to the motoring public at the 2102 Geneva Motor Show, the Ferrari F12 replaced the 599 family of front-engined Gran Turismos. "... the company has thrown everything to it to ensure it's vastly quicker than its predecessor, but it's more enjoyable at low speeds," declared Evo magazine, continuing: "It claims to be both GT and supercar, mixing front-engined packaging and civility with exotic, F1-inspired dynamic ability. "
Ferrari's gorgeous new Berlinetta was soon garnering critical accolades, being voted 'Supercar of the Year 2012' by Top Gear magazine, and in 2014 receiving the coveted 'Premio Compasso d'Oro ADI', one of the world's oldest and most prestigious design awards.
It is an oft-stated cliché that 'the heart of every Ferrari is its engine', and the F12's 6.3-litre, 65-degree, normally aspirated V12 is recognized as one of the finest ever, winning the 'Best Performance' and ' Best Engine above 4.0 litres' categories in the 2013 'International Engine of the Year Awards'. With 730bhp, this class-leading power unit is one of the most powerful ever installed in a Ferrari road car - delivers stupendous performance, propelling the F12 to 100km / h (62mph) in 3.1 seconds. 211mph. Around Ferrari's Fiorano test track, the F12 proved to be 3.5 seconds quicker than the previous 599 GTB and 2.0 seconds quicker than the mid-engined Enzo; even the hardcore 599 GTO was slower.
But these days even a supercar has to make the odd concession in the interests of fuel economy, and with this in mind, the F12 incorporated Ferrari's HELE stop / start system that reduces consumption when idling. Paddle shifters mounted on the steering wheel - an innovation pioneered by Ferrari in Formula 1 - had long been a feature of the Maranello brand's road cars, and the F12's controlled seven-speed dual-clutch semi-automatic transmission. Stability, traction control, suspension, and other settings were also controlled from the F12's steering wheel, while the improved carbon-ceramic brakes helped keep things in check.
The engine/transmission package was mounted on an aluminium spaceframe chassis - developed by Ferrari's close neighbours and long-time collaborators, Carrozzeria Scaglietti - that represents significant gains in rigidity and weight reduction when compared with the previous 599 GTB. As a modern Ferrari day, the F12 came with the latest in aids as standard: ABS, SCM-E magnetorheological suspension, electronic limited-slip differential, ESP Premium stability control, and F1-Trac traction control.
Stylized by the Ferrari Styling Center and Carrozzeria Pininfarina, the F12's voluptuous body is the traditional 'long hat, small cabin, short tail' look in a fashionable muscular horsepower while retaining all the elegance associated with the Italian coachbuilder's work for Maranello. A significant aerodynamic development was the 'Aero Bridge': an under capital, an underpinning, and an exacerbation. 'Active Brake Cooling' had been adopted for the same reason; dragging down the brakes required. The result was a remarkably low drag coefficient of only 0.299. Based on the Ferrari FF, the 'Frau leather' interior featured aluminium, Alutex, and carbon-fibre trim. The F12's optional accessories were extensive, though pricey: who would have thought that a carbon fibre cup holder could cost £ 2,112?
In October 2015, Ferrari announced a limited-edition variant, the F12tdf, its nomenclature referencing a competition variant of the 250 GT, so named after the latter's many victories in the 'Tour de France Automobile' in the late 1950s / early 1960s. Like its illustrious predecessor, the F12tdf was a lightweight, track-focused model aimed at wealthy connoisseurs and gentleman racers; only 799 were built during the 2016 and 2017 seasons.
The F12tdf used the same 6.3-litre V12 engine as the standard, albeit modified to produce 770bhp, while deleting much of the leather/aluminium interior trim in favour of Alcantara and Carbon Fiber, together with swapping many exterior aluminium panels for carbon fibre, helped shed some 110kgs from the total weight. The result was a reduction of 0-100km / h to 2.9 seconds while the claim was 'in excess of 211km / h'. Around Fiorano, the F12tdf was 2.0 seconds faster than its standard sibling.
This particular F12tdf was sold in Ancona in 2016 and first owned by Mr Calasso Antonio in Forli. Finished in yellow with black interior, the Ferrari has covered only 693km and is presented in excellent 'as new' condition of a change of colour in 2016 (see Modena Cars invoice on file). Representing a wonderful opportunity to own one of Ferrari's all-time great, front-engined supercars, this stunning F12tdf comes complete with its Ferrari charger, cover, and instruction manual, and is currently registered on a temporary Swiss platform. A detailed specification listing provided by Equatorial Guinea Registration Papers and Technical Inspection.
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