Ferrari_F12tdf_4 Ferrari has just introduced the new F12tdf super car, which pays homage to the Tour de France, the legendary endurance road race that Prancing Horse company had dominated in the 1950s and ‘60s. Back then, the Prancing Horse put forth the 250 GT Berlinetta (1856). which won four consecutive Tour de France.

The F12tdf is the ultimate expression of that concept for an extreme road car that is equally at home on the track, and just 799 units will be built. Furthermore, the F12tdf is a concentration of technical innovations which involve all those areas central to Ferrari’s DNA: engine, aerodynamics and vehicle dynamics.

Designed by the Ferrari Styling Center, the new F12tdf has particularly imposing yet sensual forms, the product of Ferrari’s continuous commitment to melding sculptural beauty with functional demands. All of the bodywork panels, from the chiselled nose to the tail, have been revised. Wider front and rear tracks also give the car an even more aggressive stance. The F12tdf’s specification is completed by lightweight alloys with five twinned spokes that are designed to have the narrowest section possible to reduce unsprung weight.

Ferrari’s latest marvel has a performance rating of 780 cv at 8,500 rpm, thanks to a naturally-aspirated V12 derived directly from the F12berlinetta. The car’s exhilarating dynamic behaviour, specifically its lateral acceleration in corners, is due to an 8% increase in the ratio of the front tyres compared to the rear ones. The engine’s sporty response is assured by a maximum torque figure of 705 Nm (up from 690 Nm) at 6,750 rpm with 80% already available at 2,500 rpm, resulting in unparalleled, progressive pick-up all the way to the red-line at 8,900 rpm.

The car’s natural tendency to oversteer as a result of the change in tyre sizes is compensated for by the innovative rear-wheel steering system, known as the Virtual Short Wheelbase; integrated with the other vehicle dynamic control systems. At the same time, a radical redesign of the bodywork, interior, engine, transmission and running gear, along with the abundant use of carbon-fiber inside and out, all enable an overall weight reduction of 110 kg.

With 780 cvs, the F12tdf pushes to the century mark in just 2.9 seconds, and recently recorded a lap time of 1:21 at Ferrari’s home track Fiorano. Stopping distances are guaranteed by the adoption of the new Extreme Design one-piece brake callipers already seen on the LaFerrari. This new-generation system means the car can brake from 100-0 km/h in just 30.5m.

The F12tdf is equipped with a specific version of the F1 DCT with 6% shorter gear ratios that delivers 30% faster up shifts and 40% faster downshifts. The F12tdf’s aerodynamic performance is nothing short of record-breaking, aero. efficiency of 1.6, which almost doubles that of the F12berlinetta. Contributing to the aero. efficiency are the radically scooped lower section, a competition car-inspired splitter, dive planes, floor wings, side louvres and underbody.

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Edited: Ferrari