Review: The Ferrari (NYSE:RACE) Superfast is Fast!
Ferrari’s (NYSE:RACE) new 812 Superfast has become the world’s best Super GT car, and its 789bhp is at the driver’s hands and “foot”.
The Ferrari 812 Superfast is the latest SuperGTcar from the Maranello outfit in a long line of front-engined V12s. It replaces the F12, which was also “superfast” with 730bhp to the rear wheels.
This new SuperGT is power up 800 hp, or 789bhp, so if the F12 was not fast enough the 812 is really fas
Raffaele de Simone, Ferrari’s chief test driver and lead engineer, asks the Big Q: how much hp is too much?
The Big A: “If you have control, it’s never enough” he said.
Correct for sure, F12tdf did not offer the control to match its 770bhp. It has been described as an “angry, hard-to-drive Special Edition with hp that overwhelmed a chassis featuring a rear-steer system intended to confound both itself and its driver.”
Ferrari called that system a ‘virtual short wheelbase’ but, in effect it was the opposite. By steering the rear wheels in the same direction as the fronts it was adding stability – virtual length – to the tdf’s wheelbase, in an attempt, at which it would mostly fail, to tame a chassis that had been made deliberately unstable by fitting extremely wide front tires. Their grip and willingness to turn made the tdf feel extraordinarily agile for its size, but combined with the extra power, they also made it way too lively, but that was okay because it was a Limited Edition model only for a few of the coroa clienti.
The new 812 Superfast is a production model, that can be driven by anyone. So, naturally, it gets precisely the same tire sizes as the tdf, the same rear-steer system, and even more horsepower. What!
Ferrari engineers say the 812 Superfast is easier to drive at the limit than the F12. The tires are regular Pirelli P Zeros, the rear-steer system has been honed and tweaked with the electronically controlled differential, the stability control and the drift control, to Ferrari’s 1st application of electrically assisted power steering, itself replacing a hydraulic set-up.
Very Super cool…
This V12 engine’s block made its debut in the 6.0-litre Enzo of Y 2002. Since then it has grown in capacity reaching its maximum bore some time ago, but here it has been stroked out to 6.5 litres, that is as big in capacity as possible.
It has a fuel injection system that operates at 350bar, and a redline at 8900rpm, but there is more to come. Given that it’s a normally aspirated gasoline engine with an already hyper-efficient intake and exhaust cycle, that can only mean one thing: new materials that will let it spin faster, so in its next incarnation it should rev past 9000rpm, easily. Sounds really HyperSuper, Yes?
The rivals to this Ferrari are few and nonexistent at this performance level, and few feel this comfortable to push hard in.
Although “nothing is ever perfect,” says Ferrari’s de Simone. And no other SuperGTcar has ever been this good..
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