Launched at the Geneva Motor Show in 2012, the Ferrari F12 replaced the 599 family of front-engined Gran Turismos, it both GT and supercar, mixing front-engined packaging and civility with exotic, F1-inspired dynamic ability.’ Recently only replaced by the 812 Superfast.
The F12’s 6.3-litre, 65-degree, normally aspirated V12 is acknowledged as one of the finest ever, with 730bhp on tap, this class-leading power unit – one of the most powerful every installed in a Ferrari road car – delivers stupendous performance, propelling the F12 to 62mph in 3.1 seconds on its way to a top speed of 211mph. Around Ferrari’s Fiorano test track, the F12 proved to be 3.5 seconds quicker that the preceding 599 GTB and 2.0 seconds quicker than the mid-engined Enzo; even the hardcore 599 GTO was slower.
In October 2015, Ferrari announced a limited-edition variant, the F12tdf, its nomenclature referencing a competition variant of the 250 GT, so named following the latter’s many victories in the ‘Tour de France Automobile’ in the late 1950s/early 1960s. Like its illustrious predecessor, the F12tdf was a lightweight, track-focused model aimed at wealthy connoisseurs and gentleman racers; only 799 were built during the 2016 and 2017 seasons, at a cost of around £330k, now this very special example is setto go to auction and expected to fetch three times it’s original list price.
The F12tdf used the same 6.3-litre V12 engine as the standard car, albeit modified to produce 770bhp, while deleting much of the leather/aluminium interior trim in favour of Alcantara and carbon fibre, together with swapping many exterior aluminium panels for carbon fibre, helped shed some 110kgs from the total weight. The result was a reduction of the 0-100mph to 2.9 seconds while the claimed top speed was now ‘in excess of 211km/h’. Around Fiorano, the F12tdf was 2.0 seconds quicker than its standard sibling.
This particular F12tdf is finished in Giallo Triplo Strato/Livrea Nero Stellato with Nera Alcantara interior. A genuine UK-supplied car, it has covered a mere 116 miles from new and is uniquely well specified.
Representing a wonderful opportunity to own one of Ferrari’s all-time great, front-engined supercars, this stunning F12tdf comes with complete with factory tool kit; locking wheel nut key; service wallet and manuals; comprehensive HPI check; officially signed by Sebastian Vettel and Kimi Räikkönen and the all-important F12tdf Classiche book.