Ferrari 812 Superfast wind tunnel scale model will be auctioned off

Article by Christian A., on September 1, 2017

The Ferrari 812 Superfast may be one of the fastest cars you’ve seen or will ever see in the automotive industry. Given its 6.5 liter V12 engine, the Superfast can carry out as much as 800 horsepower (588 kilowatts) and 530 pound feet of torque. It can also do the 0-100 kilometers per hour sprint in just 2.9 seconds before hitting its 211 miles per hour (340 kph) maximum speed. But the reason why it can perform that well, and fast is because of its sleek design.

Ignacio Albera was the man behind the 812 Superfast when it comes to the design. The model first made its debut earlier this year at the 2017 Geneva Motor Show as the successor of the F12Berlinetta. This example went through several and extensive aerodynamic testing that includes going through the wind tunnel, and now the company is putting this scale model up for auction as it heads to the RM Sotheby’s Leggenda E Passione sale.

The 812 Superfast scale model that is being offered to the public does not have the V12 engine. It also doesn’t have the drivetrain and the steering wheel. This scale model had been finished in hand-sculpted carbon fiber and some “prototype materials”. So why would history buffs and collectors want it? This half-scale model was used when the 812 Superfast car was being developed. That included testing of computational fluid dynamics results in the wind tunnel. Furthermore, it maintains its original modularity that was used to optimize the aerodynamic properties of the body.

RM Sotheby’s thinks that this would sell for an estimated price between €280,000 and €320,000 ($333,000 to $380,000). Now, that is really expensive for a car that’s going to be forever stationary, considering it lacks the vital parts. In fact, it’s much more expensive than a lot of luxury cars out there that are fully functional. In the United States, a standard Ferrari 812 Superfast would normally cost you even less than this at around $315,000. Whoever wins the auction definitely has a lot of extra cash to give away, and he is indeed a super fan of the Superfast.

September 9 is when the RM Sotheby’s Leggenda E Passione sale will take place, and it will happen at Ferrari’s headquarters in Modena. In all of history, this will be the largest Ferrari auction to date. Alongside the Superfast scale model are several other rare models, such as the Ferrari Daytona ‘Alloy’ that could be sold for as much as $2 million.

Source: RM Sotheby's

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