Ferrari F12berlinetta set to grace 2013 Goodwood Festival of Speed

Article by Anita Panait, on July 7, 2013

Ferrari F12berlinetta will make its Goodwood debut at the 2013 Festival of Speed. The sports carmaker will also present a chosen number of vehicles representing the various levels of personalization available. These models include FF, a “Tailor-Made” 458 Spider and Eric Clapton’s SP12 EC -- all built by Ferrari’s “Special Projects” division.

F12berlinetta is the latest 12-cylinder sports cars of the famous carmaker. Ferrari primarily considered aerodynamic efficiency in the designing and developing the F12berlinetta, which boasts of enhanced downforce and reduced drag figures.  The F12berlinetta also boasts of two new aerodynamic solutions from Ferrari -- Aero Bridge and Active Brake Cooling. The F12berlinetta is powered by a 6,266-cc direct-injected V12 engine that provides up to 740hp of output. 

The sports car’s direct-injected V12 engine, which is paired to Ferrari’s 7-speed dual-clutch F1 transmission, could accelerate from zero to 62.5mph in just 3.1 seconds and reach a top speed of over 211mph. This engine recently received the ‘Best Performance Engine’ accolade in the International Engine of the Year Awards.

Despite being the most powerful road-going vehicle that Ferrari has produced, the F12berlinetta boasts of being able to return fuel consumption and emissions levels 30 percent lower than that the figures of the previous generation.  Another V12-powered model, the four-seat FF, will make an appearance at Goodwood donning a new option -- a panoramic glass roof. 

This feature is made from low emissions glass, making cabin temperature stable both in summer and winter, thereby allowing optimal climate control. While the glass is tinted for privacy, it still allows occupants to experience the feeling of riding a top down model.  The FF’s a Grigio FF exterior that matched by a navy blue semi-aniline leather interior.

The new F12berlinetta – with a design penned by the Ferrari Styling Centre in collaboration with Pininfarina – combines elegant proportions of Ferrari's V12 vehicles and optimal aerodynamic efficiency. Interestingly, instead of adding more features into the F12berlinetta, designers and engineers incorporated its groundbreaking aerodynamic solutions through "subtraction."

The collaboration between the Ferrari Styling Centre and Pininfarina resulted to a supercar that features a groundbreaking system of air flows, thereby making the F12berlinetta both original and unique. Moreover, thanks to this collaboration, the F12berlinetta fuses technology and aesthetics since all Ferrari cars represent a strong relationship between form and function.

Ferrari has provided the new F12berlinetta with low, sleek coupé lines as highlighted by dynamically sculpted flanks featuring contours that guide airflow from the bonnet. By reducing the volume between the wings and central bonnet bulge of the F12berlinetta, designers were able to create two aerodynamic channels passing pass below a bridge between the front wheelarch and the bottom of the A-pillar. These channels then flow into flank scoops in the flanks, helping lighten the appearance of the F12berlinetta.

Up front, the new F12berlinetta is defined by imposing grille flanked by electronically controlled guide vanes that guides cooling air for the brakes. These active aerodynamic aids help cool the brakes when open, and help reduce aerodynamic drag when closed.

On the rear, the new Ferrari F12berlinetta is marked by a more contemporary functional reinterpretation of the Kamm tail with which the two vertical fences of the rear diffuser were integrated seamlessly. This results to a T-shape that also integrates two full-LED circular rear lights and the Formula One-inspired rear fog light.

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