Ferrari has created a new car that’s designed for truly extreme road racing. Dubbed as the F12tdf, this new car is reminiscent of the 1950s and the 1960s such as 1956 250 GT Berlinetta, when Ferrari was the biggest name in the Tour de France road race, ensuring that the F12tdf will have capabilities that make it worthy of competing in the race.
Hence, the automaker built a car that offers the greatest performance without sacrificing handling and user comfort. Just like the cars that endured the legendary endurance competition, the new Ferrari car has been designed with an eye for meeting demanding conditions in both ordinary roads and the race track.
Ferrari has worked hard to introduce new features in critical areas of the car’s design, particularly the engine, aerodynamics and vehicle dynamics. Fans of extreme road driving will find the improved acceleration, roadholding and agility of the car as definitely the best in its class.
Ferrari’s engineers also took a few notes from the XX programmes that aimed to design high performance cars that can be driven by the ordinary driver, and implemented those learnings to the F12tdf.
This resulted to the larger front tires, which gave the car better lateral acceleration and improved steering wheel response times. Tire dimensions are now at 275 from 255, with front channel sizes to 10” from 9.5”. This design is complemented with the Ferrari Virtual Short Wheelbase system in the rear axle, which allows the rear wheels to move around a vertical axis and thus prevent oversteering.
The system makes this possible by automatically making adjustments to the rear wheels to achieve the best steering angle, using built-in electronic control logic to make the adjustments. This is a feature that can help ordinary drivers negotiate twists and turns on the road as easily as professional racers do – the setup keeps the car stable even when running at high speed.
These innovations ensure that drivers who have lesser time and experience in high performance vehicles can still try their hand at driving the F12tdf. The F12tdf’s excellent handling and amazing engine performance are further enhanced by a very efficient aerodynamic design. It has nearly twice the aerodynamic efficiency of the F12berlinetta – the F12tdf’s efficiency rating is at 1.6.
On the outside, a lightweight alloy is used as raw material for the five twinned spokes on the wheels. These materials all contribute to excellent weight savings; even the glove compartment was gotten rid of in order to maximize weight savings.