Ferrari has announced a limited edition F12 Berlinetta known as the F12tdf, a ‘track-level’ roadworthy version of the hypercar with more aggressive looks and even crazier performance.
What it lacks in capital letters it more than makes up with mind-blowing firepower, as the F12tdf has a tuned version of the F12 Berlinetta’s 6.3-litre V12. Power is up from 729 to 769hp and torque is up from 690 to 705Nm, with 80 per cent of the latter available from 2,500rpm.
A ‘radical redesign’ of the bodywork, interior, engine, transmission and running gear, meanwhile, has saved 110kg of weight. No wonder, then, 0-62mph takes just 2.9 seconds and 0-124mph takes 7.9 seconds.
Slam on the anchors, which are the same as the LaFerrari’s Extreme Design one-piece brake calipers, and you can expect to stop similarly abruptly, from 62mph in 30.5 metres and from 124mph in 121 metres. Wider front tyres play a role in its improved braking ability.
Aerodynamic revisions – including a new rear diffuser with three active flaps that channel the air and a bigger rear spoiler – have increased maximum downforce by 87 per cent from 123 to 230kg so it should stick to the road like glitter to skin.
Ferrari has also fitted a revised version of its F1 DCT automatic, giving the F12tdf six per cent shorter gear ratios, 30 per cent faster upshifts and 40 per cent downshifts.
The Ferrari F12tdf is a tribute to the legendary Tour de France endurance race (the one with cars, not bicycles), which Ferrari just so happened to dominate in the 50s and 60s. Its main inspiration is the 1956 250 GT, in case you wanted to be all specific.
A price will be given to buyers on the 8th of November 2015 at the Finali Mondiali at Mugello so get onto the dog and bone and give Ferrari a call if you want a piece of the action.
The standard F12 (review here, folks) starts from £240,083 so expect a hefty premium for the F12tdf, especially when just 799 will be built.