Ferrari unveils its F12berlinetta at the 2012 Geneva Motor Show

Article by Anita Panait, on March 6, 2012

Do you want a different Ferrari? Here comes the just-unveiled Ferrari F12berlinetta, which scores the company’s achievement in just four years to offer different Ferraris for different Ferraristi. How different? The F12berlinetta is the fastest Ferrari ever in history. The F12berlinetta boasts of greater power and efficiency, with fuel consumption and carbon dioxide emissions slashed by around 30%.

This is the result of in-depth yet intensive research into major car systems – engine and aerodynamics as well as tires, brakes and ancillaries. The F12berlinetta is built around highly advanced transaxle architecture and contains state-of-the-art components and control systems. The car’s aerodynamic design is one of a kind, as it redefines classic Ferrari themes.

Ferrari used 12 different aluminium alloys, some of which were used for the first time in the automotive sector, to construct the F12berlinetta’s spaceframe chassis and bodyshell, Ferrari also employed innovative assembly and joining technologies in its construction. This architecture allowed Ferrrari to keep the F12berlinetta’s overall weight of just 1525 kg while maximizing the car’s performance efficiency with torsional rigidity increased by 20%.

The F12berlinetta is powered by a 200-bar direct-injection 6262cc 65° naturally-aspirated V12 engine that offers a maximum of 740 CV at 8250 rpm, with a specific power output of 118 CV/l and maximum revs of 8700 rpm. These are all record-breaking figures for all V12 engines. F12berlinetta’s V12 engine also offers a maximum torque of 690 Nm, 80% of which is readily available at 2500 rpm.

With these engine specs, the F12berlinetta was able to record a Fiorano lap time of just 1’23’’.  The F12berlinetta could accelerate from zero to 100 km/h in 3.1 seconds and could go as fast as 200 km/h in 8.5 seconds. The F12berlinetta is currently on display at the Geneva Motor Show in two colors: Rosso Berlinetta and Aluminium.

The latest offering from Ferrari is the F12berlinetta which displays not only driving involvement but excellent performance as well. This was made possible through the advanced architecture of the transaxle and was specifically developed to achieve what for some would be ambitious objectives. These include lowering the overall weight and even having a center of gravity that is lower.

In addition, the brand also wanted the center of gravity to be more biased towards the rear of the chassis. The front section would have to be reduced as well to offer more space for the passenger and their luggage, especially when compared to the V12 coupé. This last objective meant that comfort would be guaranteed especially for long trips. To meet these different objectives, the engineering team not only lowered the engine but did the same for the seats and the dashboard. This also allowed for a new engine to be equipped which was not only more efficient but had the same range.

The new engine also meant that it was possible not only to reduce fuel tank’s size but even reposition it to make the F12berlinetta more compact. As mentioned earlier, there is also the new transaxle configuration. This set-up was due to having a multi-link suspension in the rear and the F1 dual-clutch transmission that came integrated with the electronic differential.

Another factor that played a role in having a design that was more compact was having larger tailgate that incorporated the rear screen. This is different from some models which typically utilize a separate boot. By doing this, it also resulted in the structural rigidity being maximized, allowing for luggage space that was large and easy to access.

Thus in terms of overall weight, the F12berlinetta is lighter by 70 kg compared to the V12 coupé. Meanwhile the center of gravity was lower as well by 25 mm. The dimensions reveal that it is indeed more compact as it is shorter than the V12 coupé by 47 mm and more narrow by 20 mm. Height is even shorter by 63 mm. While the overhang in the rear was shortened by 82 mm, the one in the front was increased by 65 mm. The reason for this was to fit in the cooling system that is required when using a powerful V12 engine.

Distribution of the weight is excellent as well with it being biased to the rear by 54%. This is better compared to its rivals in the same segment. The materials used for the bodyshell and the spaceframe chassis helped as well in meeting the objectives. Many of the materials used, and even the technologies, are the same as those used by the aeronautics industry. At least 12 different alloy types have been utilized with two of them being new types.

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