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Ferrari F12 tdf: hardcore 769bhp V12 supercar announced

Ferrari has unveiled the 769bhp limited edition F12 tdf model, it’s most powerful front-engined model ever, reviving the classic Tour de France name

While the standard Ferrari F12 model is already considered to be the better of its hardcore 599 GTO predecessor, the company has upped the stakes even further, with the new F12 tdf. This special edition model will make a public debut next month, with production limited to 799 units.

The naturally aspirated 6.2-litre V12 engine remains, although the rev limit has been increased to 6900rpm while mechanical tappets and clever new intake trumpets are responsible for the increases. Power is up from 730bhp to 769bhp, while torque has also increased to 520lb ft. 

The gearbox has been modified specifically for the tdf, with shorter ratios as well as considerably quicker up and downshifts. Perhaps the most significant modification over the standard F12 is the 110kg reduction in weight, totaling a 1415kg dry weight. Performance is suitably improved, with 0-62mph diping just below three seconds, while top speed is quoted as being ‘in excess of 211mph’.

Taking its name from the classic French road race, as well as the racing Ferraris that were named for their successes on the event, the tdf sits along side the Speciale as the F12’s halo model, as a successor to the 599 GTO.

Ferrari hasn’t stopped at performance improvements though. The F12’s aggressive new look brings in some serious aerodynamic tweaks, with a claimed 87 per cent increase in downforce. That new lower front bumper, and other bodywork additions you see in the images, are said to produce 230kg of downforce at 124mph – almost double that of the standard car’s figure.

Chassis tweaks are also substantial, with wider front and rear track and an increase in front tyre width, from 255 to 275. A new electronic aid, called ‘Virtual Short Wheelbase’ has been employed, acting as rear-wheel steering to improve high-speed stability.

Prices are yet to be confirmed, but with the car set to make it’s debut on 8 November at Mugello, it would be wise to get your order in early if you want to be in with a chance of getting one.

For the full story on the Ferrari F12 tdf, visit evo.co.uk

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