Thursday, 1 March 2012

Ferrari F12

Behold the beautiful highly anticipated replacement to the awesome 599 GTB. This is the Ferrari F12, the striking new flagship to Ferrari's lineup. Its more compact than the 599 but its more muscular and has an engine to boast about. Its the same 6262cc naturally aspirated engine from the FF. But this one has been tuned to produce 80 more bhp. It now produces about 730 bhp and 509 torques. It competes with the Aston Martin Vanquish.

It prances to 60mph in 3.1 secs, will do 0-124mph in 8.5 secs and would go on to attain a top speed of 211mph. Moreover, its faster than the 599 GTB, the car it replaces, around Fiorano test track, by 3.5 seconds. And if that's not enough, it laps the track 2.0 seconds faster than the Ferrari Enzo, which is a feat in itself, considering the Enzo was a track focused Ferrari with design inputs from non other than Micheal Schumacher. 

 It uses 12 different alloys to achieve the best mix of rigidity and light weight. Its truly a breakthrough since its the fastest road-going Ferrari to ever lap the Fiorano, Ferrari's official test track. It does it in 1 minute 23 seconds to be exact. And, as was stated before, that is faster than the Enzo by a whole 2 seconds.

 Its also the most powerful road Ferrari ever. Magnetorheological treatment as the old 599. This one's bound to send almost all other super car flagships running to find for cover. Design wise, it has headlamps and other elements which follow Ferrari's latest design language, first seen on the Ferrari 458 Italia. Ferrari also makes the California.

The Ferrari F12berlinetta (also unofficially referred to as the F12 Berlinetta or the F12) is a front mid-engine, rear-wheel-drive grand tourer produced by Italian sports car manufacturer Ferrari. The F12berlinetta, introduced to the public at the 2012 Geneva Motor Show, replaces the Ferrari 599 series grand tourers.



The F12berlinetta uses a 6,262 cc (382 cu in), naturally aspirated 65° V12 engine shared with the Ferrari FF, producing 740 PS (544 kW; 730 hp) at 8500 rpm and 690 N·m (509 lb·ft) of torque at 6000 rpm, making it the most powerful road-legal Ferrari to date. This allows the F12berlinetta to accelerate from 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) in 3.1 seconds, 0 to 200 km/h (120 mph) in 8.5 seconds to a top speed of over 340 km/h (210 mph).
The engine of the F12berlinetta has been designed to be more efficient than that of the 599, as well as more powerful. The engine management system is fitted with Ferrari's HELE start-stop system to reduce fuel consumption when idling. Ferrari reports that the F12berlinetta can achieve 18 mpg-imp (15.7 L/100 km; 15.0 mpg-US) – a 30% improvement over the 599 – and produces CO2 emissions of 350 g/km.


In common with the California, 458 Italia and FF, the F12berlinetta transmits power through a 7-speed dual-clutch automated semi-automatic gearbox operated by the driver using 'paddles' behind the steering wheel. Compared to similar models, the F12berlinetta uses shortened gear ratios to match the power of the engine.[


The F12berlinetta is built around an aluminium space frame chassis co-developed with Scaglietti. The chassis is made up of 12 different aluminium alloys and improves structural rigidity by 20% over the 599, whilst reducing weight by 70 kg (150 lb). The centre of gravity has been lowered by around 25 mm (0.98 in). The F12berlinetta's weight distribution is 46% front, 54% rear.
Similarly to other contemporary Ferrari models, the F12berlinetta uses Ferrari's third generation CCM3 carbon ceramic disc brakes with ABS, SCM-Emagnetorheological suspension, an electronic limited slip differential, ESP Premium stability control and F1-Trac traction control. The car's stability and traction control, suspension and other settings are controlled by the Manettino dial mounted on the steering wheel.


The F12berlinetta is fitted with Michelin Pilot Super Sport tyres, with the tyre codes 255/35ZR20 at the front and 315/35ZR20 at the rear.

Rear view, at the 2012 Geneva Motor Show.


The F12berlinetta makes use of aerodynamic techniques based on Ferrari's 599XX and Formula One programmes, developed with wind tunnel and CFD testing. A notable feature is the Aero Bridge, an air channel running from the bonnet, through the flanks and along the sides of the vehicle, creating an effect that increases downforce. Another feature is Active Brake Cooling ducts, which open to direct cooling air only when the brakes are hot, keeping them closed at other times to reduce aerodynamic drag. The F12berlinetta produces 123 kg (270 lb) of downforce at 200 km/h (120 mph) – an increase of 76% over the 599 GTB – and has a drag coefficient of 0.299.


Ferrari reports that the F12berlinetta is capable of lapping the Fiorano test circuit in 1 minute, 23 seconds; 1.0 second faster than the 599 GTO, 1.9 seconds faster than the Enzo Ferrari, 2.0 seconds faster than the 458 Italia and 3.5 seconds faster than the 599 GTB.


The body of the F12berlinetta is designed by the Ferrari Styling Centre and Pininfarina, and shares some styling elements with other recent Ferrari models. This includes a front grille similar to the FF and headlights shared with the FF and 458 Italia. The interior, based on the FF, features new "Frau leather" upholstery with aluminium and carbon fibre trim, and has increased luggage space compared to the 599.

It will compete with the scintillating Pagani Huayra and Zonda, the awesome Lamborghini Aventador, the gorgeous Bentley GTC, the new upcoming Dodge Viper and others with no limit on tech and exclusivity. 

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