Ferrari fans have been patiently awaiting a hardcore version of the F12 since the two-seat front-engine GT first debuted back in early 2012 – and now it’s here. The Maranello-based automaker today pulled the wraps off the F12 TdF, which pays homage to the Tour de France automobile race Ferrari dominated throughout the 1950s and ‘60s.
Similar to the 599 GTO that preceded it, the F12 TdF is a lighter, more capable and more powerful version of the big V12 supercar it’s based on. The 6.3-liter naturally aspirated V12 is up from 730 horsepower to 769, with max power coming at 8,500 rpm. Torque is also up from 509 lb-ft to 520 lb-ft at 6,750 rpm with 80% of it available from 2,500 rpm.
Routing power to the rear wheels is Ferrari’s seven-speed F1 DCT transmission, however engineers in Maranello have toyed with it resulting in 6% shorter gear ratios, 30% faster upshifts and 40% faster downshifts. This results in a 0-62 mph sprint of 2.9 seconds, a 0-124 mph sprint of 7.9 seconds and a top speed of over 211 mph.
The F12 TdF isn’t all about additional power. To win the Tour de France, a car had to be a complete package, so the F12 TdF also boasts gains in braking and lateral grip. The front tires are now 275mm wide, up from 255mm in the standard F12, and are joined by the same one-piece brakes seen on the LaFerrari. Compensating for the oversteer simply widening the front tires would cause is a ‘Virtual Short Wheelbase’ four wheel steering system, which increases turn in response and stability at high speeds.
Also aiding in cornering performance is the added downforce from the restyled bodywork. The F12 TdF has 87% more downforce than the standard F12 thanks to a complex front bumper, a larger fixed rear spoiler, redesigned aerobridge, a new rear diffuser and an aerodynamically enhanced underbody.
Finally, Ferrari’s trimmed 240 pounds of fat from the F12 in moving to the TdF version through extensive use of carbon fiber, a stripped out cabin and lightweight alloy wheels. The result is a front-engine car that will lap Ferrari’s own Fiorano test track in 1 minute 21 seconds – two seconds faster than the F12 and the mid-engine 488 GTB.
If you’re anything like us, you badly want an F12 TdF. It won’t be easy to get your hands on one, however, as just 799 examples will leave Maranello. And considering the loyalty of Ferrari’s customers, we wouldn’t be surprised if the automaker’s already lined up a good amount of potential buyers.