Unique - the only F12 with livery number 62 "Scaglietti"
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2017 marked Ferrari’s 70th birthday and to celebrate they created 70 limited edition liveries inspired by styling elements from some of the most important Ferraris ever built. Ferrari then applied these liveries to a special one-off example of each of its models from that year.
Each of these limited edition cars sports a commemorative logo and ID plate with the name of the original model on which it’s based. The only F12 with livery number 62 ‘Scaglietti’, this car is unique. The Scaglietti livery is modelled on the Ferrari 612 Scaglietti of 2004, which itself paid tribute to the Ferrari 375MM, a car commissioned for film star Ingrid Bergman in 1954.
Overall history of the model
Launched in 2012 at the Geneva Motor Show, the Ferrari F12 Berlinetta replaced the seminal 599 GTB. It was, at the time, the most powerful road-going car Ferrari had ever produced – almost as powerful as the Ferrari Formula 1 car of that period. Designed to be both supercar and practical two-seater coupé GT, the F12 has enormous power but is perfectly at home cruising through town.
The car is powered by Ferrari’s 6.3 litre, naturally aspirated, V12 F140C engine, originally designed for the 599. The engine was significantly re-engineered for the F12, producing 730bhp. All this power is laid down through the rear wheels and will take the car from 0–60 in 3.1 seconds, reaching a top speed of 211mph.
The F12 uses aerodynamic know-how from Ferrari’s Formula One programme to keep the car both pinned to the road and reduce drag. Despite being front-engined, the car’s nearly 50/50 weight distribution, advanced traction control system and lightweight space frame chassis, ensure great balance and agility.
Designed by Pininfarina, the car is an instant classic with its combination of sharp edges and flowing lines. It is also more compact than its predecessor making it much less challenging to drive on smaller roads. The interior, finished in Frau leather and Alcantara with aluminium and carbon fibre trim, is luxurious and spacious.
All this culminates in a car that is comfortable enough for cross-continent trips and can be used as a daily driver but is essentially a supercar.
Ferrari F12 Berlinetta Deep Dive
The Ferrari F12 Berlinetta, launched as the replacement for the 599 GTB, was produced between 2012 and 2017 before being replaced by the current 812 Superfast. Debuting at the 2012 Geneva Motor Show it was, at the time, the most powerful road car Ferrari had ever produced. Even now, it is only now surpassed by the later iteration F12tdf, its replacement, the 812, and the La Ferrari. Designed to be a comfortable and practical everyday GT car with supercar performance, it is not only insanely powerful, but light and agile in the corners.
Engine and Performance
A technical tour de force, the F12 is powered by Ferrari’s F140C power plant, the most powerful production engine the company has ever made. In fact, the F12 is almost as powerful as its contemporary Ferrari Formula One car!
A naturally aspirated V12, the F140C was originally designed for the F12’s predecessor, the 599. The 599 is named after the engine’s total displacement of 5,999 cc (6.0 litre) producing 612bhp. In the F12 the engine was re-engineered not only to rev higher and have faster throttle response but to have a displacement of 6,262 cc (6.3 litre). This produced a staggering 730bhp at 8,250rpm (revving up to 8,700rpm). The result is, to say the least, impressive. 0–60 comes in just 3.1 seconds, 0-124mph in 8.5 seconds, and it will power through to a top speed of 211mph.
Using shortened gear ratios, all that power goes through a 7-speed dual clutch transaxle and Ferrari’s E-Diff, giving almost instant gear changes via the paddle shifters. As a result, amazingly, this front-engined GT car is 4 seconds faster around Ferrari’s Fiorano test track than its predecessor, the ultra extreme 599 GTO, and 2 seconds faster than both the legendary Enzo and the 458 Italia.
Without the use of a huge rear wing, Ferrari have succeeded in creating enormous downforce: 123kg at 124mph. The F12 uses aerodynamic techniques based on Ferrari’s 599XX and Formula One programmes. The F12’s most notable feature is the ‘Aero Bridge’. The system funnels fast-moving air through channels along the top of the bonnet down the side of the car and along the flanks. This increases downforce as well as making the car more slippery and reducing drag.
Additionally, cooling ducts for the carbon ceramic brakes remain closed to reduce aerodynamic drag until needed, at which point they open to direct cooling air.
The car is a lot smaller and lighter than its predecessor, weighing in at 1600kg (70kg lighter than the 599). The space frame aluminium chassis is also 20% stiffer, being made of 12 different alloys and has a lower centre of gravity. Weight distribution is nearly 50/50 (48% at the front; 52% at the rear).
The F12 is fitted with Ferrari’s adaptive magnetorheological dampers, meaning the car can continuously adapt to road conditions. Improved carbon-ceramic brakes and a more sophisticated traction and stability system give a huge amount of control and therefore speed, without spoiling your fun.
Describing the visceral experience of driving the F12 is not easy. With the brutal power the car can unleash it would be easy to assume that driving it would be, like previous ‘big Ferraris’, somewhat of a struggle. But the F12 isn’t heavy; it feels nimble and agile. With all this power going to the rear wheels it is remarkable just how predictable the handling is. There’s no doubting that the power is immense: you’re reminded with every press of the throttle but, once you get used to it, you’ll find yourself laying down the power early out of every corner, with the E-Diff finding drive and catapulting you in the right direction. The F12, although a GT, is also most definitely a super car and it would be impossible to grow tired of the sound of that V12!