The eagerly awaited hardcore Ferrari F12 has just been introduced in the form of the F12tdf. The car pays homage to the Tour de France endurance road race which was dominated by Ferrari in the 1950s and 60s. Prior to the car’s unveil, there were reports that it would be dubbed the Ferrari F12 GTO or the F12 Versione Speciale but they proved inaccurate.


Powering the car is the same 6.3-litre naturally-aspirated V12 engine as the F12 Berlinetta. However, power has been significantly increased from 719 hp up to 770 hp at 8500 rpm. Meanwhile, torque has been bumped from 509 lb-ft to 520 lb-ft at 6750 rpm with 80 per cent of that peak torque figure available from 2500 rpm.


Thanks to these horsepower and torque gains, the Ferrari F12tdf will accelerate to 100 km/h in just 2.9 seconds before maxing out a top speed in excess of 340 km/h. In order to boost the engine’s efficiency, Ferrari has drawn on its Formula One experience. As such, fuel consumption sits at 18.3 mpg with 360 g/km of CO2 emissions being emitted. Aiding in the vehicle’s acceleration is the modified dual-clutch seven-speed transmission with shorter gear ratios. Additionally, 110 kg of weight has been saved thanks to the use of new carbon fibre parts. All told, the F12tdf weighs 1415 kg.

Elsewhere, the Ferrari F12tdf has been fitted with the same one-piece brake calipers as the LaFerrari allowing the Italian supercar to brake from 100 km/h to zero in just 30.5 metres. Altogether, the changes have led to a 1 minute and 21 second lap time around Ferrari’s Fiorano test track. By comparison, the regular F12 Berlinetta laps the circuit in 1:23 while the LaFerrari does so in 1:19.7.


Another significant development for the Ferrari F12tdf is the rear-wheel steering system implemented to reduce the car’s tendency for oversteer. Ferrari dubs the system Virtual Short Wheelbase and it automatically adjusts the angle of the rear wheels depending on the steering angle. It is similar in principle to the rear-wheel steering of the Porsche 911 GT3.


Beyond the mechanical modifications, the F12tdf adopts a range of visual and aerodynamic advancements to distinguish it from the standard model. As such, it includes an entirely revised front fascia with an eye-catching splitter incorporating two prominent aero flics. Elsewhere, the bonnet features air intakes while the sides are characterised with new side skirts and shark gills above the rear wheels. When combined with a bootlid lip spoiler and a new rear diffuser, the F12tdf produces 30 per cent more downforce than the F12 Berlinetta.


The cabin is unsurprisingly quite sparse and features a selection of new carbon fibre components as well as alcantara and the absence of floor mats.

Just 799 examples will be produced.

By: GtSpirit