Ferrari's new F12 special edition pays homage to the Tour de France road races, and just 799 examples will be built
15 October 2015

This is the Ferrari F12tdf, a faster, lighter and more powerful special edition of the Ferrari F12 Berlinetta.

Ferrari says the car has been created in homage to the legendary Tour de France road races, which it dominated in the 1950s and 1960s with the likes of the 1956 250 GT Berlinetta.

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The F12tdf is described as “the ultimate expression of the concept of an extreme road car that is equally at home on the track”. Just 799 examples will be built.

The car keeps the same 6.3-litre naturally aspirated V12 engine as the regular F12 Berlinetta, but power has been boosted from 730bhp to 770bhp at 8500rpm, while torque has increased from 509lb ft to 520lb ft at 6750rpm. Ferrari says 80% of the car’s torque is available from 2500rpm.

By comparison, McLaren's 675LT features a 3.8-litre twin-turbocharged V8 engine and produces 660bhp and 516lb ft - enough to give it a 0-62mph sprint time of 2.9 seconds. The older Ferrari 458 Speciale, meanwhile, made 597bhp from its 4.5-litre naturally aspirated V8.

The new Ferrari is capable of reaching 62mph in 2.9sec and has a top speed of more than 211mph. Official fuel consumption is rated at 18.3mpg, with CO2 emissions of 360g/km. Ferrari says it has has used various modifications derived from its F1 cars to boost the engine’s efficiency.

The F12tdf uses a new version of the firm’s dual-clutch automatic transmission, which features shorter gear ratios.

New one-piece brake calipers – the same as those used on the LaFerrari supercar – are said to provide “outstanding” stopping distances, allowing the F12tdf to brake from 62-0mph in 30.5 metres.

Ferrari says the car’s performance is “second to none”, but that it has also been conceived to be “an extremely agile and powerful car which could also be driven by less expert drivers”. The F12tdf has lapped Ferrari’s Fiorano test track in 1min 21sec. The regular F12 Berlinetta completed the lap in 1min 23sec - the same as the new 488. The LaFerrari currently holds the fastest time on the course, with a time of 1min 19.70sec.

Among the other changes made to the F12tdf are larger front tyres, allowing greater lateral acceleration through corners.

Ferrari says the car’s “natural tendency” to oversteer has been compensated for by the use of a new rear-wheel steering system. Dubbed Virtual Short Wheelbase, the system – which automatically adjusts the rear wheels for the optimum steering angle - is said to increase stability at high speeds while guaranteeing “the steering wheel response times and turn-in of a competition car”.

The F12tdf’s aggressive bodywork includes a longer and higher rear spoiler, larger air vents to channel air flow along the sides of the car, a redesigned rear diffuser and new wheel arch louvres. It sits on 20in alloy wheels.

Overall, the changes combine to give the F12tdf 30% more downforce compared to the F12. Ferrari says the redesigned bodywork has almost doubled the aerodynamic efficiency of the car compared to the standard F12, while the use of lightweight carbonfibre inside and out has reduced the F12tdf’s kerb weight by 110kg over the standard car, which weighs 1630kg.

When specified with optional lightweight materials, the F12tdf’s dry weight is 1415kg.

Ferrari says the F12tdf’s cabin is deliberately stripped out. The door panels feature carbonfibre trim, while knee padding replaces the traditional glovebox. The majority of the cabin is trimmed with Alcantara instead of real leather. Aluminium plates feature on the floor instead of mats, again hinting at the car’s track-focused nature.

Ferrari hasn’t revealed an official price for the F12tdf, but it’s likely to cost significantly more than the regular F12, which is priced at £240,083.

Ferrari has also released a new video showcasing the F12tdf's V12 engine.

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13 October 2015

Let me guess, they're all sold out, and they wouldn't give me one even if i could afford it anyway.

 

 

13 October 2015

No! One of the joys of being a car enthusiast was the fact that though there was a 99.99% chance that you'd never own a GT3, 458, Gallardo - there was the slimmest possibility that you somehow just might one day.

Now it feels like 100% chance that you won't get the chance to own these cars and that's wrong. Made in limited numbers, all sold as soon as announced and then only ever increase in value. Unfortunately that makes these cars less relevant, almost unreal as a lot of these buyers might barely drive them and therefore, never mind owning one, you may never see one on the road either. And that is a crying shame.

If these people want an investment then they should buy paintings. Cars are meant to be driven for your pleasure but especially for the poor sods like me who can't afford them but will always remember the time they got overtaken by a 458 at full chat (and even opened the window as it went past to fully appreciate the noise)

 

 

You're not stuck in traffic - you are traffic!!

13 October 2015

...and then I read a bit further. But I think the next special edition should be called Tour de Yorkshire.

13 October 2015

"Why name a Ferrari after a bike race?"...

I thought the same, and then made the 'yellow' link to the sullied 'LiveStrong' brand! powerful association....

'cos that would be really bad marketing. And then I read on.

13 October 2015

I saw "tdf" and thought it was a turbo diesel :-)

13 October 2015

Bit Corvette looking at the rear,dare say some highlights from Porsche GT3 too,and,as someone else commented....they will all sell.

Peter Cavellini.

13 October 2015

But that's a huge number by real Ferrari standards.

13 October 2015

And I'm getting 288GTO vibes from the rear arch vent, which can only be a good thing ...

 

 

You're not stuck in traffic - you are traffic!!

13 October 2015

And I'm getting 288GTO vibes from the rear arch vent, which can only be a good thing ...

 

 

You're not stuck in traffic - you are traffic!!

13 October 2015

I wonder how it compares to the Aston 177 as both are front/mid engined V12 of around 770bhp. The Aston enjoys full carbon but for some reason I think is heavier (why are Astons made out of even heavier stuff than the super heavy aluminium in the latest Jags?). I know this will be more of a racer but the 177 just looks incredible (with an incredible price too...).

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