Tuning houses like Germany’s Novitec don’t have much to worry about. The solution is always a meaner stance and more power. The only question is how to do it. Some cars beg for additional inches on the hips and engines stuffed with more ponies. But things get more complicated when the car is already amazing.
Like the Ferrari F12, the cream of Italian grand tourers, a nigh-on perfect blend of impeccable style, purposeful presence, and unparalleled 730hp performance for around a third of a million bucks. One wrong move can disrupt the harmony that is the product of many years’ work and expertise from one of the best car companies in the world.
A small workshop in the suburbs of Munich might not be able to add much to the mix. Unless it’s called Novitec. Under the sub-brand Novitec Rosso, this tuning house has 25 years of experience perfecting Prancing Horses. This Novitec N-Largo Ferrari F12 Berlinetta is its latest wild build.
Acutely aware of the risk that comes with overstepping the mark in relation to bettering Ferrari’s efforts, Novitec Rosso has become known for careful, discreet changes of the cars’ looks, doing nothing more than underlining the exclusivity and performance of these highly advanced designs. It’s under the hood where the engineers let themselves loose: tweaking ECUs, adding superchargers, and doing all kinds of stuff to achieve crazy levels of power with V-8s and V-12s-even showing a bit of German humor by giving the cars precisely 777, 808, or 888 PS (those crazy Euros and their metric systems).
The N-Largo is a new kind of challenge. With this machine, Novitec took the opposite approach, focusing on the outside rather than the inside. The name was created by joining the first letter of Novitec and the word largo, which is Italian for “wide.” The car takes up 4.3 inches more lane than the standard model, its width now a massive 81 inches.
It must have been a tricky job. Compared with the Lamborghini Aventador and some other shouty exotics, the F12 is a finely balanced and mature GT of classic proportions. Slapping on wider fenders just wouldn’t cut it, so Novitec Rosso enlisted a true virtuoso of visual enhancements, Vittorio Strosek. For the last 40 years, this Germany-based designer has been widening and lowering every car no one else deemed insufficiently wide or low, releasing special Porsches, Lamborghinis, and Ferraris in cooperation with Ruf, Abt, and Koenig, or under his own brand of Strosek Design.
With the F12, Strosek went for subtlety, blending seamlessly with the original Manzoni/Pininfarina-penned body. The outcome is anything but restrained, though. Taut lines and chiseled surfaces create a sinewy body with the muscles cut by contrasting details like the grille, big airscoops on the deeply carved hood, side mirrors, small roof spoiler, and a big airfoil (all made from carbon fiber).
Rear lamps are tinted black in typical Novitec Rosso manner, but still it’s the massive five-piece diffuser that wins the title of Most Glorious Part, adding to the striking visuals of the rear. Novitec claims these wind tunnel-tested modifications also improve aerodynamic efficiency. The protruding splitter reduces negative lift at the front, wide rocker panels smooth out airflow between the axles, and big slots in the fenders direct air around each of the four carbon-ceramic brake discs to help them deal with the claimed top speed of 217 mph.
Amplifying the body’s dramatic proportions is a bespoke set of deeply concave Novitec NF5 NL wheels. The massive 21×9.5 fronts and 22×12 rears (wearing Pirelli P Zero tires, 255/30 ZR21 and 335/25 ZR22, respectively) barely fit in the wells, but the effect is arresting. Novitec is better known for producing high-end wheels than body parts, so it’s no surprise that these three-piece rims were made using highly advanced forging technology. By: superstreetonline