The Ferrari F12tdf is a Masterpiece
After a 50-year career in sports and racing cars, I am still jazzed with Ferrari and Ferrari cars.
Enzo Ferrari was a powerful force in race and exotic cars early when first learned about The Scuderia. Recently I spoke to my friend about his experience driving the F12tdf, he said he has never driven any not race track car like it.
In the Golden Day’s we would have called it a Tour de France, today, the French cycling group have the copyright.
But back in the day, the Tour de France was a sports car race and Ferrari won it 7 times. The tdf is a tribute to Ferrari’s success in those historic events, an era when road and race cars were often one and the same with such epic classics as the 250 GT Berlinetta and the SWB version.
The tdf is not a new model, it is a whole new concept. It is not a rate track car it was constructed in the spirit of a competition car for the street, as in the ’50’s.
The CEO of Ferrari himself, Amedeo Felisa, explains it this way: “The heart, soul, and throbbing essence of the F12tdf is its 6.3-liter masterpiece of mechanical engineering, the Ferrari V-12. It pours out 770 hp and 520 lb-ft of twist with a surging mechanical F1-conjuring symphony all the way to 8,900 rpm.”
I have not driven the car, but my friend John says, it is the clear # 1 favorite powerplant he ever experienced in a factory street machine. Rising linearly, the onslaught of torque just grows and grows, making me feel as if I could rule the world. The exhaust is a high-pitched wail, accompanied at wider throttle openings by a muscular, resonant intake counterpoint.”
Ferrari says it is their highest specific output V-12 ever.
John says the sound of the exhaust alone is worth the $490,000 price.
For collectors, the F12tdf is the ultimate version of the definitive, front-engine V-12 sports car, “it is a masterpiece.”
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