In 2012, Ferrari pulled the wraps off their then-new front-engine V12 grand tourer, the F12 Berlinetta. A year later, Chevrolet debuted the seventh-generation of the C7 Corvette at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit. These two events may seem completely unrelated, but bear with us.
A year after debuting the standard version of the sportscar, Chevrolet introduced the more hardcore, track-ready C7 Corvette Z06, which featured some aerodynamic pieces in addition to a 650 horsepower supercharged V8 engine and other upgrades. Similarly, Ferrari this week showed us the more hardcore version of the F12 Berlinetta, which has more power and – you guessed it, additional aerodynamic work.
Now some Corvette fans, mainly those over on Corvette Forum, are claiming Ferrari copied Chevrolet with their new F12 TdF. Simply put, they’re wrong, and we’ll explain why.
Ferrari is a world-class supercar manufacturer with a strong track record of original and groundbreaking designs. Sorry, but they aren’t pulling inspiration from budget American sportscars with plastic bodies. They employ some of the most talented designers in the world, so you can be sure they aren’t copying the boys in Bowling Green.
The F12 TdF and Corvette Z06 do have similar aerodynamic add-ons, but there’s a good reason for that. The F12 TdF- much like the Z06, is designed to make the most of the air flowing around it. Science will only allow for so much differentiation, which is why they both have hood vents, vents on the rear quarter panel and various lips and blades.
If the F12 TdF debuted in any color other than yellow, the same color the C7 Z06 debuted in and is often shown in, this connection wouldn’t have been made. The similarities between the two are reserved to the fact that they are both front-engine rear-wheel drive two seaters that are yellow. We get it – it’s fun to think a supercar manufacturer like Ferrari would copy Chevy, but that isn’t the case and it never will be.
Don’t get us wrong, we love C7 Z06, but Ferrari has too much on the line to be copying its rivals. That said, we’d love to see a matchup between the two. Let’s just hope the two cars aren’t both yellow so the Corvette people can properly tell them apart.