Ferrari has today revealed the F12tdf, a more extreme version of the F12berlinetta. The limited edition car is said to pay homage to the Tour de France, the endurance road race that Ferrari dominated in the 1950s and ‘60s, particularly with the 1956 250 GT Berlinetta which won four consecutive editions.
The car retains the same 6.3-litre naturally aspirated V12 engine as the regular F12berlinetta, though power has been increased from 719 bhp to 770 bhp at 8500rpm, while torque has been boosted from 509 lb-ft to 520 lb-ft at 6750 rpm. Ferrari engineers say 80% of the F12tdf’s torque is available from 2500 rpm.
The car also uses a specific version of the F1 DCT with 6% shorter gear ratios that delivers 30% faster upshifts and 40% faster downshifts.
In terms of stopping power, the F12tdf adopts one-piece brake callipers as seen on the LaFerrari, allowing it to brake from 62-0 mph in 30.5 m and from 124-0 mph in 121 m.
As well as a redesign of the engine, transmission and running gear, modifications to the bodywork along with the added use of carbon-fibre inside and out, has helped slash 110 kg off the car’s overall weight.
The F12tdf manages an aerodynamic efficiency figure of 1.6, almost double that of the F12berlinetta. Downforce is 230 kg at 124 mph, which is 107 kg more.
All of these factors combine to produce a 0-62 mph time of 2.9 seconds and a top speed of 211 mph. The F12tdf is claimed to lap the Fiorano in 1’21”.
Just 799 examples of the car will be built.