The Prancing Horse unveiled on 6th March a car that the motoring world has eagerly anticipated, the F12berlinetta, which will usher in a new generation of V12s from the marque. Also revealed was the a lighter and more powerful California, which will be available with the Handling Speciale package.
The F12berlinetta will be Ferrari's most powerful road-going car ever - an impressive feat when they have amazing cars like the Enzo, 485 and F50 in their portfolio. Under the metal is an all-new V12 engine. But first, the chassis.
The wheelbase is shorter than its predecessor, the 599, and the engine, dashboard and seats are positioned lower, while a new suspension and gearbox layout helps reduce the car's rear volume. All this means that an ideal 54% of the car's weight in over the rear axle.
The spaceframe chassis and bodyshell is completely new and features 12 different aluminium alloys. This keeps the relatively light at 1,525 kg while torsional rigidity is up by 20%.
The new 6.3 litre V12 powerplant produces 730 hp at a stratospheric 8,250 rpm and will rev to 8,700, while 80% of the 690 Nm of torque is available from a low 2,500 rpm. If you like figures, here's some to astound you. 0-100 km/h in 3.1 seconds. 0-200 km/h in 8.5 km/h. A Fiorano lap time in just 1 minute 23 seconds.
To give some idea of just how impressive it is, the amazing, lighter 458 Italia does all this in 3.1 seconds, 9.2 seconds and 1 minute 25 seconds.
This is made possible because of Ferrari's expertise in aerodynamics - which have all been integrated into the F12berlinetta's styling. Of note is the Active Brake Cooling system, which open guide vanes to the brake cooling ducts only at high temperatures. It has the highest aerodynamic efficiency of any Ferrari ever built with a downforce of 123 kg at 200 km/h and a Cd of 0.299.
Of course, underneath the skin is a host of the marque's famous wizardry. The chaps from Maranello have given the F12 the latest carbon-ceramic braking system (CCM3) and newer magnetorheological suspension, as well as an avalanche of electronic control systems.
We may never see it here, but it's good to know that in an ever changing world, Ferrari remains true to its roots and continues to make four-wheeled engineering marvels.