The Italian company that dispenses engineering marvels, is back with an F12 with several major upgrades. Paying homage to the road race of the 1950’s Tour de France, Ferrari has renamed the new born as F12 TdF with heavy upgrades on performance, weight and technology added to the stock Ferrari F12 Berlinetta. Ferrari wasn’t just going to leave the Aventador SV unchallenged now, was it?
With a 6.3-litre engine and power raised from 730 to 769 BHP, the V12 produces a torque of 705 Nm, 15 Nm more than the Berlinetta. All this has guaranteed that the TDF can reach 0-100 kmph on the speedometer in just 2.9 seconds. In terms of technology, Ferrari engineers have installed a rear-wheel steering system to compensate for the super car’s natural tendency to oversteer, known as the Virtual Short Wheelbase. It is integrated with the other vehicle control systems which improves steering response and high-speed stability. Drivers can take the TdF for a ride up to 340 kmph, as claimed by Ferrari.
The Ferrari F12 comes with a double-clutch box with a 7-speed transmission that has been revised for TdF duty, with upshifts quickened by 30 percent and downshifts by 40 percent. The front tyres are eight percent wider too. The makers have achieved to drop the weight down by 110 kg to 1415 kg by using a lot of Carbon fibre. The bodywork has been substantially redone as well to be both lighter and more aerodynamically efficient. As a result, the TdF produces 87 percent more downforce (230 kg) than the stock Berlinetta.
Limiting the production volume to just 799 units, the Ferrari F12 TdF will be a supercar that will be sought out for as soon as possible. Although prices have not yet been announced, one must expect a price tag in the region of Rs. 20 crores (Indian equivalent). Ferrari has never let us down with their ever spawning legacy of trademark cars and we are confident the TdF would keep up that promise and deliver us with a touch of Italian amare!