Ferrari takes its iconic 812 Superfast one step further with a new, 819bhp limited-edition rendition.
Things are heating up at one of Italy’s most iconic auto manufacturers. First introduced in 2017, Ferrari’s 812 Superfast was an instant classic among Raging Stallion aficionados. Now, the Maranello marque is poised to present a new as-yet-unnamed limited-edition V12 rendition of its instant classic, with a neck-breaking 819bhp.
Described as “the ultimate expression of Ferrari’s concept of an extreme front-engined berlinetta,” the new limited-edition release is packed with features you won’t find on the standard 812, and the result is a car that encapsulates and epitomises the company’s 70-plus years of experience on the world’s circuits while delivering the perfect marriage of performance, form and functionality.
Aimed at Ferrari’s most passionate collectors and connoisseurs, the new model features numerous uncompromising engineering solutions to guarantee peerless driving pleasure. This includes the latest evolution of Maranello’s legendary 65° V12 engine, which reaches the highest output of any Ferrari road-car engine – 830 cv – and revs to 9,500 rpm, again the highest of any Ferrari ICE.
The use of state-of-the-art materials, the redesign of many of the engine’s key components, a new valve timing mechanism and new exhaust system are just some of the technical solutions that allow the noblest of Ferrari engines to deliver performance levels that are unprecedented in the V12 segment.
The pure yet brutal power unleashed by the powertrain is paired with class-leading vehicle dynamics controls to ensure that the performance can be fully exploited and to guarantee maximum fun behind the wheel.
Most distinctive of these solutions is the adoption of independent steering on all four wheels. This extends the feeling of agility and precision when cornering as well as providing unparalleled responsiveness to steering inputs.
Another noteworthy engineering achievement is the development work undertaken to reduce the car’s overall weight compared to the 812 Superfast. This was achieved in particular by extensive use of carbon fibre, both on the exterior in the cockpit. Lastly, the new model premieres version 7.0 of the renowned Side Slip Control vehicle dynamics system.
One of the most striking aspects of this new model is how in-depth aerodynamic research has altered the car’s lines. Working in close synergy with the Ferrari Styling Centre, the aerodynamicists have adopted solutions that are extreme in form featuring profiles that are unprecedented for a road-legal car. The aerodynamic redesign of the whole car was aimed at maximising downforce levels: from the new front air intakes, rear diffuser and exhaust configuration to the patented design of the rear screen – which now hosts vortex generators – every modification is a faithful expression of Ferrari’s core belief that form must always follow function.
From a design point of view, this new special series has a strong personality that differentiates it significantly from the 812 Superfast on which it is based.
One example of this is the decision to replace the glass rear screen with a single-piece aluminium structure. The vortex generators it sports improve the car’s aerodynamic efficiency, but the design solution chosen, which is fully integrated with the roof, simultaneously creates a backbone effect that underscores the car’s sculptural forms.
Together with the carbon-fibre blade that traverses the bonnet, this motif changes the overall perception of the car’s volumes: the bonnet seems shorter, emphasising the width of the car, and the tail now has a more powerful, fastback look, thus making it appear more compact and competition-like despite it sharing the 812 Superfast’s silhouette, proportions and formal balance.
Even the rear spoiler now looks more imposing: it is higher but the specific design treatment used also makes the tail look very wide, almost horizontal.
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