(Pictures shown are of the F12 Berlinetta for represntational purposes)
As we’re all familiar, the Italian auto giant Ferrari is well known for creating wonders with every machine that rolls out from the Maranello factory. This time, they have burnt the midnight oil on Ferrari’s F12 Speciale model to make it a leaner and faster machine. Ferrari’s ‘Speciale’ series cars are well known for the weight reduction techniques used and some extra power to scare off your neighbours’ children.
Ferrari has done a brilliant treatment to the current F12 version and has achieved a massive 200 kg reduction in weight and 30 BHP power addition. Now, the F12 Speciale will deliver 760 BHP(earlier it was 730 BHP) from the 6.2-litre V12 heart, that will assist it in sprinting to the 100 kmph mark from standstill, in less than 3.0 seconds.
How they managed to reduce a massive 200 kg on the car is still a secret. And for those who are not aware, just to gain a little perspective, the 458 Speciale was just 90 kgs lighter than the 458 Italia.
According to us, the major elements that would have been altered to achieve this weight reduction might include some ultra-lightweight wheels and lightweight body panels on the outside. The insides too, will miss some elements like the satellite-navigation system, carpets and the sound deadening system as well. There are chances that these features may be offered as optional as per the clients’ needs. The car will receive an optimised safety and stability system to make the car more handy on circuits as well as on normal roads. It will also have a new unique setup for the steering and suspension to handle all the new grunt that it has acquired. The top speed of this car will be somewhere around 340kmph, which is still close to the ongoing F12’s benchmark.
The strongest contendor to the Ferrari F12 Speciale will be the Lamborghini Aventador LP750-4 SuperVeloce and the Porsche 918 Spyder due to their equally amazing power-to-weight ratio. It can be said to be the most emotional moment for Ferrari and all its lovers because the F12 Speciale will be the last of the models to have a naturally aspirated engine unde the hood. The Maranello maker’s future products will either be hybrids or turbocharged models, case in point the flagship LaFerrari. The F12 Speciale will be seen within a price band of around 3-4 crores which will surely make the owner feel special of owning the last series of a naturally aspirated Ferrari.
Source- Autocar UK