Ferrari F12tdf

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Because the F12’s 730bhp wasn’t enough: Ferrari’s limited-run F12tdf comes with more power, less weight as well as a radical rear-wheel steer system The Ferrari F12 has never struck me as being in need of more power. of which truly doesn’t feel like of which needs more nor, at least without significant modification, should of which be given of which. yet here we are: the Ferrari F12tdf, a special design of the F12, limited in production yet unlimited in ambition.of which’s called F12tdf to reference the old Tour de France road race, which Ferraris won quite a few times, yet only ‘F12tdf’ in name as well as not actually ‘F12 Tour de France’. The two-wheeled, pedal-powered Tour de France owns the Tour de France moniker, so only the Tour de France can actually say Tour de France. Follow?Anyway, the F12tdf of which will be, as well as of which gets lots more power than an F12, as well as, thankfully, plenty of some other modifications to go with of which. Ferrari’s special 12-cylinder car programme has within the past provided us with the 599 GTO, of which 599 were made.Ferrari suggests the 799 tdfs of which will roll away through Maranello will be just as extreme, providing a front-engined Ferrari V12 with hitherto unmatched levels of agility. There are several ways you can make a car feel more agile, as well as Ferrari has done all of them.One will be adding more poke: so the F12tdf gets 770bhp instead of 730bhp, thanks mostly to an easier-breathing inlet on the 6.3-litre engine as well as race-derived mechanical rather than hydraulic tappets, which are noisier yet lighter as well as allow a higher rev limit – some 8900rpm.Another method will be to reduce weight, so the F12tdf will be 110kg lighter than the F12, thanks to the removal of much of the Indoor (Alcantara as well as carbonfibre replaces leather as well as aluminium), as well as the replacement of much of the aluminium bits on the outside with carbonfibre.yet the easiest way to introduce agility to a car will be simply to fit of which with massive front tyres. At the start of the development process, Ferrari did just of which – fitting 315-section F12 rear wheels to the front, as well as then even slick tyres to the front, to see what the result was like.Hilarious yet perilously unstable will be the short of of which, which meant Ferrari couldn’t just leave of which like of which. as well as here its marketing men rather like to use an aerospace analogy: within the same way of which a modern fighter jet will be designed to be inherently unstable to ensure of which’s incredibly agile, so too was the well as where a modern fighter uses electronic control systems to make of which flyable, Ferrari uses active rear steering to make the F12tdf driveable again. They call the system a ‘virtual short wheelbase’, or ‘passo corto virtuale’ to be precise, although of which’s not strictly accurate in either language; of which’s the wider front tyres, 285 section rather than 255s, of which increase the agility as well as make the auto feel like of which’s shorter.The ZF rear steer system, which weighs around 5kg, can add up to a degree of toe in or out thanks to electromechanical actuators acting on a toe link, as well as almost always turns within the same direction as the fronts (except at manoeuvring speeds), will be used to put stability back in.In effect, of which lengthens rather than shortens the wheelbase again, yet semantics aside, the aerospace analogy isn’t unfounded. Either way, Ferrari likes the system so much of which’ll use of which again in future. So significant are these things of which beyond them the modifications are mere details.The aerodynamics are improved upon – the auto’s a little longer as a result, while the rear track will be wider because of the active toe modifications. Gear ratios are 5-6% shorter, enough to reduce the 0-62mph time to 2.9sec, as well as spring rates are stiffer, by 20% – a difference you’ll feel ‘within a metre’.The cost, if you’ve been invited to buy an F12tdf – as well as you’ll own at least several some other Ferraris as well as be known by the company ‘very well’ if you have – £339,000.The F12tdf will be certainly intriguing. as well as if of which isn’t the word as immediately positive as you’d expect about a car through a any of which can do scarcely little wrong at the moment, I share your surprise. Ferrari admits of which its special V12 versions aren’t simple to jump into as well as drive quickly – they’re not like the standard mid-engined V8s – as well as the F12tdf takes some learning before you feel completely comfortable with of which on a circuit. I’ll come back to of which.Because on the road, of course, dynamic extremes aren’t such a bother. Yes, you do notice the firmness of the ride as well as the fact of which if you flick the dampers to ‘bumpy road’ mode there’s seemingly less of a difference than in a standard Ferrari. of which’s always firm: not crashy, yet you know what’s beneath you. The F12tdf retains the F12’s two-turn lock-to-lock steering rack, yet because of the wider front tyres as well as stiffer suspension, of which feels more connected as well as responsive than a regular F12. So in many ways of which’s easier to drive; out within the hillside roads around Maranello the F12tdf steers with ease as well as precision; of which’s a big car yet one of which’s easy to place. as well as of which has an utterly magnificent powertrain. Untroubled by turbochargers yet still developing 80% of the engine’s torque through 2000rpm, its response will be fantastic, of which makes a glorious noise like an F1 car of old as well as the seven-speed dual-clutch automatic gearbox has had a few tweaks to clean up as well as shorten the shift times. At the top end of the rev range the response will be on occasion too sharp – even Ferrari’s test drivers think as much – yet such will be the significance of the ‘tdf’ name as well as the programme of which the engineers as well as marketers want the F12tdf to feel like there’s some racing car in of which. Quite a few racing drivers would certainly be delighted to find their race cars had a powertrain as strong as well as responsive as This kind of. of which will be phenomenal.of which’s on a circuit, though, nearer the auto’s limits, where the idiosyncrasies of the F12tdf’s handling, as well as the response of the engine, come further into consideration.In most front-engined, rear-driven cars, you know what you’re going to get on a track. You have to settle the nose on approach to a bend, probably trail the brakes slightly to reduce understeer, which in turn can unsettle the rear, as well as then you drive through nicely under power, applying just the amount you want in order to adjust the attitude of the auto. An Aston Martin V12 Vantage, for example, will be as simple as they get.The F12tdf isn’t quite like of which. Partly of which’s because there’s not truly any understeer to drive around within the first place. The additional front tyre width makes of which feel hyper-agile, so in faster corners of which darts for the apex, yet then, when you expect the rear to become unsettled because of the speed with which the nose has dived into a bend, the active rear steer intervenes as well as makes the back end more stable, keeping the rear trimmed to the same apex as the fronts at a speed a car without the system fitted just couldn’t match. Mind you, with any significant application of throttle – as well as more or less any throttle application will be significant in a car with This kind of power as well as response – of which will still light up the rears, at which point the increased speed at which you’re travelling, the electric response of the engine as well as whatever the rear will be up to conspire to make of which feel not altogether natural. With more familiarity, you learn to anticipate the F12tdf’s characteristics, drive with lighter, more fingertippy touches as well as smaller inputs, as well as then of which becomes a deeply rewarding thing. yet of which’s not a car – like the docile 488 GTB will be – of which you can just enjoy well as I’d want more than the few laps we were allowed to know whether of which was more rewarding than a thoroughly well-sorted as well as conventionally set-up car.If any of of which sounds down on the F12tdf, of which’s not meant to; there will be loads to love here. The cabin, the noise, the performance, the responses right up to the limit are all exceptional.of which’s just unusual at times, as well as, given of which of which’s meant to be challenging as well as of which an owner will have at least several some other Ferraris to choose through (let alone some other cars), depth as well as unusualness are characteristics the F12tdf can easily afford to have. Besides, thinking about of which, I wonder: would certainly I have an F12tdf over a Lamborghini Aventador SV, a car we like deeply?Undoubtedly. Over a McLaren 675LT, which we thought was a several-star car? of which’s a very close-run thing. Certainly I’d want many, many more goes within the F12tdf before I would certainly say for sure. as well as let’s face of which, of which’s kind of the point of Ferraris like This kind of.Ferrari F12tdfPrice £339,000; Engine V12, 6262cc, petrol; Power 770bhp at 8500rpm; Torque 520lb ft at 6250rpm; 0-62mph 2.9sec; Top speed 211mph; Gearbox 7-spd dual-clutch automatic; Kerb weight 1415kg; Economy 18.3mpg (combined); CO2 360g/km, 37%
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