2014 Ferrari F12
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The Ferrari F12 was built for speed, pure and simple. It replaced the 599 GTB, and the automaker designed its engine to be more efficient and more powerful. Ferrari claimed the F12 could accelerate from 0 to 62 mph in 3.1 seconds, 0 to 124 mph in 8.5 seconds, and reach a top speed of 211 mph. The company also said the F12 could lap the Fiorano test circuit – Ferrari’s private racetrack – in 1 minute and 23 seconds, three and a half seconds faster than the 599.
The car’s engine management system is fitted with Ferrari’s HELE start-stop system to cut down on fuel consumption when idling. The F12 also includes aerodynamic features developed with wind tunnel and CFD (computational fluid dynamics) testing. Additionally, the vehicle has active brake cooling ducts that open to direct cooling air only when the brakes are hot, keeping them closed at other times to reduce aerodynamic drag.
Off to the Races
Founded by Enzo Ferrari in 1939, the company built its first automobile in 1940. However, Ferrari’s true birth as an auto manufacturer is usually recognized as 1947, the year the first Ferrari-badged vehicle was completed. A Ferrari hallmark has been its continued involvement in racing. In fact, Ferrari is the oldest and most successful racing team of all time in Formula One.
The F12 debuted at the 2012 Geneva Motor Show. The naturally aspirated 6.3-L Ferrari V12 engine used in the F12 won the 2013 International Engine of the Year Award in the Best Performance category and Best Engine above 4.0 litres. Car magazine Top Gear named the vehicle “The Supercar of the Year 2012.”
“The Ferrari F12 Berlinetta offers breathtaking performance in a beautifully sculpted exterior,” raved a Roadshow review on cnet.com. “The attention to detail is legendary, and the JBL sound system offers great performance. …The Ferrari F12 Berlinetta is a stunning car that is a thrill to drive fast and a pleasure to drive slow.”
2014 Ferrari F12 specs
- 2-Door Berlinetta Body Style
- 6.3-L V12 Engine
- 7-Speed Dual-Clutch Transmission
- 731 HP
- 3,948 Lbs.