Ferrari premiered the new 812 Superfast at the Geneva Motor Show. The 800CV 812 Superfast is unveiled to celebrate the Prancing Horse’s 70th anniversary in the business.
With the new flagship V12 berlinetta, Ferrari is the only manufacturer to have continuously produced sports cars with 12-cylinder engines, until today. The two examples of the 812 Superfast on display feature new colors: the special celebratory Rosso 70 Anni and Grigio Caldo Opaco. The new car is joined on the stand in Geneva by the California T, finished in Bianco Italia, the 488 GTB in Giallo Tristrato, the 488 Spider in classic Rosso Corsa, and the GTC4Lusso in Nero Stellato. There is also a further example of Ferrari’s exclusive liveries, for example; the 488 GTB in Rosso Corsa with a Blu Laguna and Giallo Modena livery.
Powered by a new 6.5-litre V12, the 812 Superfast is the benchmark in the mid-frontengined sports car segment, achieving its maximum power output at 8,500 rpm. Maximum torque is 718 Nm @ 7,000 rpm, a significant 80% of which is already available at 3,500 rpm, improving driveability and pick-up at low rev s. The engine’s output, boosted by 60 cv compared to the F12berlinetta, makes the 812 Superfast the most powerful and fastest road-going Ferrari ever built. Furthermore, the new 812 Superfast is fitted with Ferrari’s F1 dual-clutch transmission which has been further evolved to meet the car’s track driving performance targets and cope with the boost in maximum revs to 8,900 rpm. The gear ratios on all of the gears have been shortened by an average of 6% to exploit the extra performance and higher revs to the fullest as well as to improve the car’s acceleration without compromising pick-up in higher gears.
The 812 Superfast is striking for both its highly innovative design and aero package, as well as its unparalleled handling. It is the first Ferrari to introduce Electric Power Steering (EPS) which is used to fully exploit the potential of the car in terms of performance. To the side of the air intakes for engine and brake cooling, is a turning vane on the front bumper which is designed to channel air flows striking the front of car to ensure they hug its flanks, thereby reducing the width of the car’s wake. The front diffusers’ capacity to generate downforce is boosted by generous air evacuation from the front wheel-arch along the side of the car.
From the rear, the spoiler generates more downforce. The spoiler is 30 mm higher than on the F12berlinetta as per the F12tdf. However, unlike the latter, it has not been extended rearwards in depth to avoid changing the car’s dimensions. Meantime, the shape of the rear wheel arch has also been crafted to guarantee efficient downforce generation. In fact, the lift naturally generated by the way the body curves over the wheel arches has been minimised by introducing an aerodynamic by-pass between the bodywork and the inner rear wheel arch.
The cabin has been radically redesigned to imbue it with an even sportier character. Light, compact volumes hug the contours of the interior structures to the extent that the latter are visible in certain areas. These ultra-taut surfaces are deliberately layered and broken up to create voids with the result that the main elements seem to float. The overall effect is both thoroughbred racing eagerness and lean elegance that never feels overstated. At the same time, the horizontal dash loops stylishly around the central air vents for a sophisticated, sculptural, yet supremely stylish look that is also a nod to the LaFerrari’s cockpit. Other major highlights include the contrasting driver zone and central recesses, steering with switches and satellite pods, beautifully crafted trimming both at the centre of the dash and around the glove compartment, and seats that are infused with a diapason design language.
Ferrari’s new hypercar sees the introduction of the Virtual Short Wheelbase 2.0 system (PCV) which, starting from the experience gained with the F12tdf, combines electric front-wheel steering assistance with the mechanical concept built around tyre dimensions and the rear-wheel steering. All integrated with the vehicle dynamics control systems based on Version 5.0 of the SSC, with the aim of improving the agility and response time to steering wheel inputs of the 812 Superfast.
The integration of the EPS enabled new functionalities to support the driver’s performance experience by means of the primary interface with the road: the steering wheel. The funtionalties include Ferrari Peak Performance (FPP) and Ferrari Power Oversteer (FPO).
Optional customization and accessories are available for the B12 Superfast, of course.