Ferrari has unveiled an extreme variant of the F12berlinetta, called the ‘F12tdf’. This is the same variant that was rumoured to be the ‘F12 GTO’ that was spotted outside the company’s plant in Maranello, Italy. The F12tdf will be a limited edition restricted to just 799 units and is created to pay homage to the Tour de France road race that Ferrari dominated in the 1950s and 60s.
The special edition is designed by the Ferrari Styling Center and has a more aggressive styling particularly due to the wider tracks at the front and rear, and a number of other modifications including a special front bumper for higher downforce, modified hood, carbon fibre aero bridges, different rear bumper with protruding exhaust pipes, a 60 mm longer and 30 mm wider rear spoiler, repositioned reflectors, and a different rear diffuser.
The F12tdf has an aerodynamic efficiency figure of 1.6 that is double that of the F12 Berlinetta. Three pairs of GT-racing-derived strakes on the underbody give this variant 30% more downforce than the standard F12. The overall level of downforce is a significant 87% more and this has also resulted in higher cornering speeds.
The 6.3-liter V12 doing duty under the standard F12 has been upgraded to produce more power. This engine produces 769 hp and 705 Nm of torque in the special edition, 39 hp and 15 Nm respectively more than the standard F12berlinetta. The car is also 110 kg lighter thanks to extensive use of carbon fibre. All these parameters combine to give scintillating performance. Ferrari claims that 0-100 km/h (0-62 mph) run is covered in 2.9 seconds and a 0-200 km/h (0-124 mph) dash takes just 7.9 seconds. The is still claimed to be in excess of 340 km/h (211 mph).
Transmission duties are taken care of by a 7-speed dual-clutch gearbox that has 30% faster upshifts and 40% faster downshifts with 6% shorter gear ratios. With the hike in performance, the stopping power also needs to be upgraded, and this is done by incorporating the one-piece brake calipers from the LaFerrari hypercar. These give the car phenomenal stopping power taking just 30.5 metres to stop from 100-0 km/h. The F12tdf has lapped the Fiorano test track in a time of 1 minute 21 seconds, 2.0 seconds faster than the 488 GTB.
Complete details are available in the press release embedded below.