Today Ferrari officially unveiled its long awaited, limited edition 769bhp ‘Ferrari F12 TDF’ to pay homage to the legendary endurance road race ‘Tour De France’. This race was dominated by Ferrari for the one full decade from 1950 to 1960, particularly with the 1956 Ferrari 256 GT Berlinetta which won four consecutive editions of this race.
The design of this new series is focused on engine, aerodynamics and vehicle dynamics which makes this car beast on the road with track-level performance. This new horse is equipped with the same naturally aspirated 6.3 Litre V-12 engine which powers the F12 Berlinetta (731bhp) but tuned to produce 769bhp at 8500 rpm. The max torque has been bumped from 509 lb-ft to 520 lb-ft at 6750 rpm with 80% of max torque available from 2500 rpm. The car is 110 kg lighter than the F12 Berlinetta (1525 kg) due to an extensive use of light weight carbon fibre material in the body structure.
A radical redesign on the bodywork, interiors, engine, transmission system and light weight composite body structure helps in boosting the overall performance figures of this car. The Ferrari F12 TDF can accelerate from 0-62 mph (0-100 km/hr) in just 2.9 seconds and can achieve a top speed of 211 mph (340 km/hr). The F12 TDF laps Fiorano test track in just 1 minute and 21 seconds. By comparison, the F12 Berlinetta laps the circuit in 1minute 23 secs while LaFerrari does it in 1minute 19.7 secs. To reduce the tendency to over-steer, the F12 TDF is provided with an innovative rear-wheel steering system known as the Virtual Short Wheelbase, which is integrated with other vehicle dynamic control systems to assure the best steering wheel response times and stability at high speed.
Ferrari said that only 799 examples will be produced, but price details have not yet been released.