Ferrari FT12 Concept imagined by Schurmann Design

Article by Christian Andrei, on April 11, 2013

If you thought that the LaFerrari is already an extreme supercar, take a look at this FT12 Concept imagined by Schurmann Design. Having the same size as the Ferrari 458 Italia, the FT12 Concept is a little piece of art at looks like a good rival for the McLaren MP4-12C.

Although Aldo Schurmann didn’t say what type of engine could be found under the hood of the FT12 Concept we can only imagine how this car will look with the same 6.3-liter V12 engine found on the F12Berlinetta and capable to pump 740 hp and 690 Nm of torque. Using the same F1 dual-clutch transmission, the FT12 Concept could hit 100 km/h (62 mph) in just 3.1 seconds and a top speed of over 200 mph or 320 km/h.

Still, the FT12 Concept could also carry the electric motor found on the LaFerrari, delivering 163 hp. This will make it even faster. But still, let’s not forget that the Ferrari FT12 Concept is just a car created by an artist and not by the Italian carmaker!

Ferrari has been known for offering 12-cylinder sports cars boasting of remarkable power, handling, design and aerodynamics. Each time the Italian sports car giant launches a 12-cylinder sports car, it ushers in a new era. Now, it is introducing a new generation of Ferrari 12-cylinders with the Ferrari F12berlinetta, designed to offer a new level of performance through unmatched handling, state-of-the-art innovative design stunning aerodynamics and, of course, outstanding new v12 engine.

Ferrari first launched a 12-cylinder sports car in 1947 – the Ferrari 125 S, which is incidentally its first car. It was followed by a series of remarkable and powerful 12-cylinder models like the 1953 375 America which engine was derived from a F1 single-seater.

There was also the 250 GTO (1960s) that was vaunted for its unique blend of styling and performance as well as the 1969 365 GTB4 (the Daytona) that was known for its elegantly balanced proportions. All of these 12-cylinder sports cars are now regarded as collectors’ items. Now, the Ferrari F12berlinetta is not just the carmaker’s latest mid-front 12-cylinder sports car, but represents the first of a new generation of 12-cylinders.

It boasts of offering the highest performance among any Ferrari built while at the same consuming 30-percent less fuel and releasing 30-percent lower emissions than the previous generation. During the development of the F12berlinetta, Ferrari engineers and technicians aimed to create a front-engine sports car that delivers exceptional performance on high speeds as well as the same level of driving enjoyment and involvement at lower speeds. This involved having to create a design that surpasses that of the 599 GTB Fiorano, which was regarded as the most beautiful Ferrari.

To achieve this, Ferrari shortened its wheelbase, lowered the engine and driver's seat as well as introduced a new suspension and gearbox layout. This allowed them to make the Ferrari F12berlinetta a more compact car than the 599 GTB Fiorano while still boasting of lower center of gravity and perfect weight distribution that is 54-percent biased towards the rear axle. As powered by a mid-front V12 engine that delivers 740 hp of max output and 690 Nm of peak torque, the Ferrari F12berlinetta could sprint from zero to 200 km/h in just 8.5 seconds and could complete a lap at the Fiorano circuit in just 1'23".

Ferrari provided the new F12berlinetta with a new spaceframe chassis and a new bodyshell, employing 12 different aluminum alloys and several state-of-the-art assembly and joining technologies. This allowed Ferrari to reduce the car’s overall weight to just 1,525 kg while maximizing its performance efficiency and increasing torsional rigidity by 20 percent.

Just like any Ferrari vehicle, the aerodynamics of the new F12berlinetta was developed along with its styling. This allowed the carmaker to employ an array of innovative solutions like the Aero Bridge that employs a bonnet to create downforce and Active Brake Cooling, which is basically a system of guide vanes on the brake air ducts that open when the brakes reach high operating temperatures.

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