Ferrari is auctioning first F12berlinetta to help victims of Hurricane Sandy

Article by Anita Panait, on November 14, 2012

Ferrari is putting up its first F12berlinetta for an auction on November 17, 2012, in Austin, Texas, as part of the Italian carmaker’s efforts to raise funds for the relief operations in the wake of the Hurricane Sandy superstorm. The Nov. 17 auction for the first F12berlinetta will start at 8:00 (Central Standard Time) during a special Ferrari event to commemorate the return of Formula 1 racing to North America.

The auction will feature the very first customer F12berlinetta to be delivered in 2013. The F12berlinetta will bear autographs of current drivers of the Scuderia Ferrari Formula 1 team and will come with a special dedication plate.

Aside from getting the F12berlinetta, the winning bidder will also be made to participate in an exclusive Ferrari Corso Pilota driving course. 

As part of its fund-raising efforts for the victims of Hurricane Sandy, Ferrari has appealed to customers and enthusiasts all around the world to help financially by donating directly to the Red Cross using a dedicated section of the Red Cross web site at https://american.redcross.org/ferrari. All proceeds will go directly to the American Red Cross to help areas affected by Hurricane Sandy.

The new Ferrari F12berlinetta is indeed a next-generation 12-cylinder Ferrar car that could deliver unparalleled performance and handling, coupled with groundbreaking design and excellent aerodynamics.

Ferrari has been launching new 12-cylinder sports cars since 1947. In fact, the carmaker’s very first car -- the 125 S -- was powered by a 12-cylinder engine. Moreover, purists have always seen the 12-cylinder mill as the engine size par excellence. Because of these and other reasons, each time a new 12-cylinder sports car is launched, a new era is ushered in. Ferrari’s 12-cylinder models throughout its history have been regarded highly because of their technological features, and more than that, their performance levels.

For instance, the 1953 Ferrari 375 America was powered by an engine directly based on the F1 single-seater of the time. On the other hand, the Ferrari 250 GTO of the 1960s was considered as a perfect fusion of performance and design. Likewise, the 1969 Ferrari 365 GTB4 (also known as the Daytona) boasts of its splendidly balanced architecture that allowed it to offer an emotional drive. These Ferrari 12-cylinder sports cars are now considered as highly valuable collectors’ items and each represents a generation leap as they were launched.

Now, the Ferrari F12berlinetta is continuing the Italian carmaker’s 12-cylinder saga, becoming the brand’s latest mid-front 12-cylinder model and the first of a new generation of Ferrari sports cars. Not only that, the Ferrari F12berlinetta is regarded as the highest performing Ferrari so far, but in its case, ultimate performance goes hand-in-hand with a whole new level of efficiency.

Aside from being more powerful than the previous generation, the F12berlinetta’s mid-front V12 engine consumes 30-percent less fuel and emits 30-percent less carbon dioxide while delivering 740 hp of output and 690 Nm of torque. Moreover, the F12berlinetta represents a big achievement on the part of Ferrari’s engineers and technicians, as they realized their aims of creating a high-performance front-engine car that could still provide the same level of driving pleasure and engagement even at lower speeds. This seemed to be a hard challenge since Ferrari’s people had to improve the design of the 599 GTB Fiorano, which is regarded as the most beautiful Ferrari ever.

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