Limited-edition Ferrari F12 TdF revealed
Ferrari has unveiled a new limited-edition variant of the F12 Berlinetta. The Ferrari F12 TdF gets an upgraded engine and a fair bit of redone bodywork.
The “TdF” stands for Tour de France race — apparently there’s a version for cars rather than bicycles — that Ferrari dominated for nine years from 1956 through 1964.
The 6.3-litre V12 has been upgraded from 730 to 769 hp. Torque has been increased from 690 to 705 Nm, starting from 2500 rpm, with a redline of 8900 rpm. The TdF can do the 0-100 kph run in 2.9 seconds, hitting 200 kph in 7.9 seconds, with a top speed of 340 kph.
The 7-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission to deliver 30% faster upshifts and 40% faster downshifts, with 6% shorter ratios.
The track is wider, the wheels are larger, and the brakes are from the LaFerrari. There is also four-wheel steering, oddly named the “Virtual Short Wheelbase” system.
Using more carbon-fibre, the body is both 108 kg lighter and more aerodynamically-efficient, producing 87% more downforce than the Berlinetta.
Only 799 examples will be made, although this comes hot on the heels of news that Ferrari will increase total annual production of their line-up to 9,000, as decided by its current leadership after the departure of their last CEO, Luca di Montezemolo, who had implemented the previous production cap of 7,000 units.