F12 gets angry

574kW V12 F12tdf says "on yer bike, Aventador SV"

by DANIEL DEGASPERI

THE TOUR de France naming for this limited edition F12 pays tribute to the endurance car – not bike – race dominated by Ferrari in the 1950s and 1960s. Whatever the reason, the changes to this V12 two-seater are very special (or should that be Speciale?).

The F12tdf is overhauled enough, compared with an F12 Berlinetta, to deliver a 110kg weight reduction (to total 1415kg). This is achieved via extensive use of carbonfibre for the exterior and the “deliberately Spartan cockpit”, where knee-padding replaces the glovebox.

There’s 107kg of extra downforce at 200km/h thanks to revised aerodynamics: a new front bar includes an active splitter and louvres; the side ‘aerobridges’ harness more air pressure; the rear spoiler is 60mm longer and 30mm taller with a more vertical rear screen aimed to add push; and there’s even three active rear diffuser flaps, like little ailerons.

The 6.3-litre V12 engine now produces 574kW at 8500rpm (up 29kW) and 705Nm at 6750rpm (rising 15Nm) with a stratospheric 8900rpm ceiling. The seven-speed dual-clutch transmission has six per cent shorter ratios and delivers 30 per cent faster upshifts and 40 per cent quicker downshifts.

A 2.9sec 0-100km/h time is twotenths faster, while 200km/h comes up in 7.9sec. The F12tdf can also lap Fiorano in 1min 21sec – the latter two numbers each being only around a second off the LaFerrari.

The front tyres are now 275mm (up 20mm) along with wider front and rear tracks. The tdf also debuts a rearwheel- steering system, called Virtual Short Wheelbase, designed to achieve the “turn-in of a competition car”.

No pricing has been announced, though with just 799 to be built, we suspect that if your name isn't already down, you're out of luck.