812 Superfast: Has Ferrari Learnt Their Lesson?
Does anyone remember the Ferrari F12 TDF? Can a Ferrari be so powerful that experienced hands complain? The conclusion was the power of the TDF impacted the overall drive of the car.
1 year on and Ferrari has given the TDF a bit of a rework which is a pretty word for something of a revolution.
Why revolution? When you design a new car, you need to push the boundaries of what you can do.
Ferrari 812 Superfast Performance Specs
What have they changed? Everything. By utilising their rich track history and the negatives of the TDF, the 812 Superfast became real.
Ferrari and their suppliers performed extensive research to maximise the potential of the 812. They sought to make it as efficient as possible by making parts lighter and increasing the capacity of the engine.
How fast is 'Superfast'?
The engine is the same as the 2002 Ferrari Enzo. They increased its capacity from 6.2L to 6.5L and it's capable of 789BHP. So, what you have is a 6.5L V12 engine powering a car with a dry weight of 1,525kg!
Trivia - Its rival, the Aston Martin DBS Superleggera weighs 1693kg.
We think they're good.
- 0-60 mph - 2.9s
- 0-120 mph - 7.9s
- Top speed - 211 mph
These stats are impressive for the 812 which illustrates Ferrari's commitment to set a new benchmark for the Super GT market and Ferrari themselves.
What Does 812 Mean?
If you're wondering what inspired the name '812', we have done the research for you.
- The 8 in '812' comes from the 800 metric horsepower the car is capable of.
- The 12 in '812' comes from the V12 engine.
A New Era for Ferrari?
This car is a massive back-to-basics project from Ferrari who wanted to restore the feeling of what it means to drive a Super GT. The performance levels for this car exceeds that of its predecessor, the TDF, and brings Ferrari into a new era.
The Super GT market is becoming competitive with new entrants battling for the Super GT crown.
But, how important is this market becoming for manufacturers? The pedigree speaks for itself. Bentley, Aston Martin, Ferrari, Mercedes, Rolls-Royce and others in the same market!?
Becoming the ultimate driver's car has caused an emphasis on the need for a smooth drive aided by numerous gadgets which make that car the logical choice. Ferrari has taken the best parts of the F12 and the TDF and revised it to create a balance that will make continent-crossing drives, some of the smoothest imaginable.
The Ferrari 812 will face strong competition. The key difference with Super GT cars lies in their philosophies.
For example, Aston Martin optimised the Superleggera for overtaking so drivers will feel the best of it when driving in typical overtaking speeds. The Superfast aims to set a new benchmark for Ferrari and it's evident in the price and the amount of research and development.
Costing £253,000, it's an aggressive move but a Super GT Ferrari with a tonne of performance may swing the pendulum back to Maranello.
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