Ferrari will stick with aluminum, not carbon fiber like everyone else

Article by Christian A., on August 22, 2012

Ferrari has presented its latest F12 Berlinetta model to the U.S. market at Pebble Beach. It is the most powerful road car that Ferrari has ever built, with 731-hp and 509 lb-ft of torque produced by its 6.3-liter V12 engine. Ferrari CEO Amedeo Felisa got the chance to talk about the automaker’s future too. He concentrated on the fact that Ferrari doesn’t plan on shifting to carbonfiber in the near future.

Other exotic automakers have began to use a lot of carbonfiber on their products just like Lamborghini and McLaren but Ferrari thinks that it’s still too early to include the material extensively in its cars. Felisa said that carbonfiber technology won’t be where the company wants it to be until 2020. He said that the current resins being utilized are too heavy and don’t have the mechanical features that Ferrari needs.

Twelve various aluminium forms are used by the F12 Berlinetta in its chassis and body in order to attain a lighter and stiffer body than the 599. Another issue that is preventing Ferrari from making the plunge on using carbonfiber in a major way is the production time required since the automaker rolls out cars in higher volume than its key rivals.

Ferrari F12berlinetta represents a new batch of 12-cylinder Ferraris in the shape of a vehicle that provides unparalleled performance from an exemplary brand new engine, handling like no other and advanced aerodynamic design.

Each time the brand has launched a new 12-cylinder sports vehicle since 1947, something grand has always happened. Probably this has something to do with the reality that their very first auto, the 125 S, was also a 12-cylinder or perhaps it is for the reason that purists view the 12-cylinder as the right size for engines that are meant for greatness. Whatever it may be, each time a Ferrari vehicle of this kind is being released, it marks the beginning of a new realm.

There have been some 12-cylinder variants manufactured at Maranello that have been acclaimed in the history of car production because of their innovative prowess and the results that they have given. For example, the 1953 375 America had an engine based on the F1 single-seater at the time. On the other hand, the 250 GTO in the 60s was the appropriate blend of performance and design.

Another one on the list is the 1969 365 GTB4, also known as the Daytona, which shines because of its extremely balanced architecture that provides a dramatic driving experience. Each of these cars and engines is now thoroughly hunted by car collectors worldwide as each of them had a major participation on the debut of their presentation to the market.

This practice continues with the Ferrari F12berlinetta which is not really their newest mid-front 12CC variant but the first in a totally new batch for this type of vehicle. It is the highest level of a top performance Prancing Horse ever made but it still makes the blend of superb efficiency and excellent performance seem like an easy task, giving fuel use and emission levels that are 30% less than its predecessors.

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