Ferrari displays five cars at the 2012 Paris Motor Show

Article by Christian A., on September 28, 2012

Ferrari displayed five cars (its current range) at the Paris Salon to represent a new generation of the company’s 8- and 12-cylinder models. The F12berlinetta can deliver 740hp and has a light, compact architecture. As a result, it’s the most powerful and high-performance V12 ever assembled.

It is displayed alongside a model with a complementary mission, the FF, its revolutionary four-seater four-wheel-drive car which now features a new full-length panoramic roof in a special reflective glass (LowE) that offers passengers a genuine open-air driving feeling, while giving thermal and acoustic insulation.

Owners who want a sportier driving experience are targeted by the coupé and the Spider versions of the 458, equipped with the V8 that has won the Best Performance Engine Award for two straight years.

But for those who want more versatility, they’d likely prefer the California 30. The ‘30’ in the name refers to the decrease in weight and boost in horsepower presented on the model earlier this year. These cars were designed to go along with its “Different Ferraris for different Ferraristi” philosophy. Each of them carries out roles that complement each other without having to compromise their DNA. They preserve their uniqueness when it comes to performance, driving enjoyment and sophisticated technologies.

They all provide exclusive design that merges modern styling with conventional cues typical of the marque. Ferrari continues to invest huge sums in its product lineup. This has resulted to the creation of 8- and 12-cylinder engines whose specific power outputs, levels of torque and maximum rev limits are unparalleled.

At the same time, they offer better fuel efficiency. The weight of these cars has dropped too due to major innovations. In fact, over 25 different alloys are being developed and produced at the Scaglietti facility, which is dedicated to aluminium fabrication. Some of these alloys are only now being applied in the automotive industry.

Tested with the computational fluid dynamic (CFD) simulations, the Ferrari F12berlinetta is designed with exceptional aerodynamic qualities – a product of 250 hours of study in its Wind Tunnel. Its research also paid particular attention to radiators, brakes, heat exchangers and other thermal factors. Through the enhanced packaging of its mechanical hardware, the car’s volume is also significantly reduced.

All of these attributes form the most aerodynamic Ferrari ever produced, proven by an aerodynamic efficiency figure that is double that of the 599 GTB Fiorano. It has boosted downforce by 76% up to 123 kg at 200kph and has a reduced drag coefficient of just 0.299.

The aerodynamic efficiency brass of the Ferrari F12berlinetta is composed of its three main elements: the Blown Spoiler, the aerodynamic underbody and the Aero Bridge. The function of the Blown Spoiler was to increase overall efficiency by modifying the wheel well’s pressure field through its special intakes. The car’s aerodynamic underbody has significantly evolved, especially with a bumper that is now isolated from the front splitter.

This creates downforce while leading the flow of air to the rear extractor at the same time, thus enhancing efficiency. Semi-cone diffusers and aerodynamic dams have also been integrated to the front wheels to cool down the brakes and to maximize downforce.

Using the bonnet to form downforce, the Aero Bridge is a pioneering solution that avails of the aerodynamic channel on both sides. This system decreases drag by passing under the bridge between the anterior wheelarch and the base of the A-pillar which then repels the airflow in the flanks and thus works with the wake coming from the wheel wells.

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