In the world of supercar upgrades, there are a lot of performance packages to choose from, some are conservative and some are downright outrageous. Every once in a while a performance package comes along that is the perfect combination of style and performance that brilliantly blends together everything that was special about the original build with just the right amount of extra muscle. The N-Largo Ferrari F12 from Novitec Rosso is a stunning example of this perfect harmony between aftermarket and stock excellence. The N-Largo features a carbon-fiber body kit with unique side skirts, a new hood that is matched to a black spoiler and a set of twin-spoke wheels that are off-set 21 inches in the front and 22-inches in the rear. A mild power package has been added to give the F12 a performance boost above the standard 740 hp. This combination of weight reduction, aerodynamic improvement and power boost creates a stunning result that is a beautiful as it is powerful.
Recently a brilliant example of the Ferrari F12 Berlinetta was seen taken laps at the Nurburgring in an attempt to set new records. According to reports, the F12 Berlinetta ran three laps with a lap time of 7 minutes and 48 seconds, including a 40 second cool-down period. The F12 is displaying several sets of wires that are coming out of the car’s roof and windows. These raise far more questions than they explain. Take a look at this video as the F12 Berlinetta puts up some serious lap times at the Nurburgring and draw your own conclusion to what those mysterious wires are.
The Ferrari Cavalcade is an annual event where Ferrari owners come from around the world to show off their best examples of what Ferrari has offered over the years. This event is seen as an opportunity for Ferrari to show off rare examples and one-offs that come from Ferrari’s Special Projects Division. This year Ferrari unveiled its latest one-off, the Ferrari F12 TRS.
The Ferrari F12 TRS is from the Skunkworks Special Projects Division in Maranello and is based off of the Ferrari F12 Berlinetta. The F12 TRS replaces the coupe bodywork with new roadster sheetmetal that incorporates a glass window to display the iconic red cylinder heads of the V12 engine. The roofless vehicle features a cockpit that is trimmed in leather, Alcantara and carbon fiber. Common items such as the glovebox, air conditioning, carpeting and audio system were not included in this build. Not that air conditioning really makes sense on a car that does not have a roof.
The powerplant behind the Ferrari F12 TRS is similar to that of the Ferrari F12 Berlinetta. The TRS has a naturally aspirated 6.3-liter V12 engine that produces 730 horsepower and is capable of reaching 0-60 mph in just 3.1 seconds.
It is not possible for an automotive company to hide from the reality that emission reduction is here to stay. As the world embraces going green, the demand for more fuel efficient-eco friendly cars is reshaping the automotive landscape. Car companies must now produce fuel-sipping powerplants if they want to be competitive from this point forward. This can be rather challenging for automotive manufactures that pride themselves on performance and power. Classically speaking, power and fuel economy have not mixed. There is no better example of this than the muscle cars of the 1970s. For Ferrari, the challenge of reducing emissions while improving performance has been viewed as a way for Ferrari to separate itself from the pack and to introduce new models that are equally exciting as they are eco friendly.
Ferrari Powertrain Director Vittorio Dini recently told Automotive News Europe that Ferrari has plans to improve its current average C02 emissions of 270 grams per kilometer by 20 percent by 2021. This would create a new benchmark for the Prancing Horse of 216 grams of C02 per kilometer. “In the future, all of our V8s will use turbos,” explained Dini. For the V12 engines, Ferrari has elected to go with a hybrid system that better suits the V12 engines versus the heat that is created from turbos.
Evidence of this new philosophy can be seen in the new California T that ditches the naturally aspirated engine in favor of a smaller displacement, more powerful turbocharged unit. The LaFerrari is an example of how Ferrari has paired the larger V12 engine with a powerful hybrid system.
The Ferrari F12 SP America is the latest creation to come out of Maranello’s Special Projects division. This one-off was produced by the Maranello Skunkworks team and is based on the Ferrari F12 Berlinetta with cues from the 250 GTO. The evidence of the 250 GTO’s influence can be seen in the trio of nostrils in the nose, the unique side vents, and the restyled rear haunches that meld into an integrated rear spoiler.
The Ferrari F12 SP America is a 6.3-liter V12, mated to a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission and rear-wheel drive. The Ferrari F12 SP America produces 730 horsepower with 509 lb-ft of torque and is capable of launching from 0-60 mph in just 3.1 seconds with a standing quarter mile in just 11 seconds.
Novitec-Rosso recently displayed a matte grey Ferrari F12 Berlinetta on the streets of Dubai. Officially called the “N-Largo”, this performance kit adds a style to the Berlinetta that is pure aggression. The original front fenders have been replaced with a wide-body variant that adds an additional six centimeters to the width of the Berlinetta. Additional aerodynamic needs are taken care of with a large rear airfoil that creates additional downforce at high speeds. All aspects of the body conversion kit are manufactured from carbon fiber components. These carbon fiber components create amazing strength while being incredibly lightweight.
The Novitec-Rosso N-Largo has been outfitted with a custom-made three-piece Novitec-Rosso NF5 NL forged wheels that are 21 inches in the front and 22 inches in the rear. A remapped engine management system brings the total power output to a very respectful 781 horsepower. The final touches to the N-Largo include a Novitec-Rosso high-Performance quad exhaust that comes equipped with a butterfly valve that ensures exhaust emissions with low back pressure.
The folks over at Robb Report Magazine have selected the Ferrari F12 Berlinetta as “Car of the Year.” The 730-horsepower V12 coupe capable of reaching speeds of 211 mph, was the “unprecedented landslide decision” among the 100 judges who participated in driving 14 luxury cars thru Napa Valley, California. Other vehicles that were in competition for the prestigious award included, the Audi R8 V10, Lamborghini Aventador LP700-4 Roadster, Aston Martin Vanquish Volante, BMW M6 Gran Coupe, Bentley Flying Spur, Porsche Cayman S, Porsche Panamera Turbo, Jaguar F-Type V8 S, Chevrolet Corvette Stingray Coupe, Mercedes-Benz S550, Maserati Quattroporte GTS, Range Rover Autobiography and the SRT Viper.
The Robb Report is an American, English-language, luxury-lifestyle magazine featuring products – including automobiles, real estate and watches for wealthy individuals, which the publisher claims enjoy an average net worth of $1.8 million and an annual average salary of $346,000.
Aspiring designer Dejan Hristov, famous for his BMW Rapp Concept has taken time to provide the world with his personal interpretation of what the Ferrari F12 Berlinetta successor would look like. The CascoRosso concept takes its cues from the 1962 Ferrari 250 GTO powered by a front engine V12 hybrid powerplant with the battery placed behind the cabin for better weight distribution. The side mirrors are replaced with cameras integrated in to the body of the vehicle capable of delivering both side and rear view images that would display on the cabin’s screen. Replacing the side mirrors with cameras improves the aerodynamics of the vehicle and eliminates the need for a rear window. Additional accents include a roof-mounted scoop, large diffuser, quad pipes and headlights hidden behind a cover that opens when the lights are turned on.
Here is what Dejan Hristov had to say:
“The Ferrari CascoRosso is a two seater commercial car, which is inspired from the models of Ferrari Motor Sport as they developed through history. It is a symbiotic of style from the modern Ferrari bodies and the legendary Ferrari Classics. One of those classics is the Ferrari 250 GTO from witch I got the main inspiration for this model. The idea was for the CascoRosso to be reincarnation of the 1962 Ferrari 250 GTO, a modern, futuristic version of it.”
Ever wonder what a Ferrari F12 Berlinetta would look like if the front half was buried inside a bush? Well, now you do thanks to the wonderful driving of a British couple who managed to submerge the front half of their supercar inside some of the local scenery. No information is available on what caused this unfortunate incident or whether the F12 Berlinetta’s 740 horsepower had anything to do with this.
American Hip Hop artist Fabolous posed for a pic recently leaning against his new Ferrari F12 Berlinetta. The F12 looks very stylish done in white with black wheels and red accents. Choosing this vehicle says a lot about Fabolous’s taste in cars. The F12 Berlinetta is a naturally aspirated V-12 engine that produces 730 horsepower utilizing Ferrari’s seven-speed automated manual transmission.
Fabolous is a American hip hop recording artist who lives in Brooklyn, New York who is currently signed to Sean “Diddy” Combs label Ciroc Entertainment and is most know for his hit singles “Breathe” and “baby”.
Not sure what the deal is with the foreign license plate being that he resides in Brooklyn, New York.
The limited production hybrid (only 499 units will be sold) LaFerrari that was unveiled at the Geneva Motor Show introduced the world to a hybrid system derived from Scuderia Ferrari’s F1 KERS technology. The current version of the HY_KERS that is available on the LaFerrari does not feature an electric only option even though the system is designed so that in future applications a car can be driven in electric mode only. The LaFerrari is the first Ferrari to utilize the benefits of the HY-KERS system. The gasoline engine in the LaFerrari is a 789 horsepower 6262cc V12 that revs to a maximum 9,250 rpm. The LaFerrari also features a 120 kw electric motor, giving the vehicle a combined power output of 950 horsepower.
The hybrid system is made of two electric motors developed in cooperation with Magneti Marelli. The first motor powers the driven wheels and the second the ancillaries. Developing the HY-KERS system in cooperation with Scuderia Ferrari allowed for considerable weight reduction pertaining to the individual components to include a battery pack that weighs 132 pounds. The batteries of the HY-KERS system are charged in different ways: the batteries will charge every time the V12 produces more torque than required such as what is achieved during cornering and every time under braking or even hard braking with the ABS active is achieved.
The LaFerrari’s Brembo braking system is also integrated into the hybrid system with several new features including new lightweight calipers designed to guarantee correct cooling and carbon-ceramic material discs. This has helped to allow the LaFerrari to put up track times 5 seconds faster than the Enzo and 3 seconds faster than the F12 Berlinetta.
There is no doubt that the LaFerrari is a game changer for the future of Ferrari supercars. There have been suggestions in the past by Ferrari president, Luca di Montezemolo that the hybrid technology used in the LaFerrari could make its way into the next-generation of Ferraris. This would be in direct response to increasingly demanding emissions requirements. A series of design patent images recently revealed show that Ferrari is developing a new model, which may be a front-engine turbocharged hybrid that could possibly replace the Ferrari California.
Pictures circulating online after patents were submitted, reveal a vehicle that takes most of its cues from current Ferrari’s, including the front and rear styling of the FF. The lights shown in this illustration are consistent with the lights currently used on the Ferrari 458, F12 Berlinetta and FF. The lower valance displayed in these diagrams appears to be a hybrid between what is found on the Ferrari FF and the F12 Berlinetta. Even with the illustration appearing to show a fixed-roof coupe, there are prominent cut lines in the roof that strongly suggest that a production version could include a removable roof panel or a folding metal hard top, similar to what is currently used on the Ferrari California.
The current Ferrari California is a rear-drive vehicle powered by a naturally aspirated V8 engine that produces 483 horsepower and 375lb-ft of torque capable of doing 0-60 in less than 4 seconds. A slightly disguised Ferrari California was seen testing with what was rumored to be a twin-turbocharged 3.8 liter V8 that is currently found in the Maserati Quattroporte and delivers 523 horsepower and 523lb-ft of torque. These sightings and the release of patent images strongly suggest that we may see a replacement vehicle for the Ferrari California by 2017.
Need for Speed: Rivals, will see the return of the Ferrari as an included manufacture in the games full car list for the first time in seven years, with the Ferrari F12 Berlinetta being the showcase car of the Ferrari lineup. The last time that the prancing horse made an appearance in the franchise was in 2009 when Xbox 360 users got 10 models as part of a paid, downloadable pack for Need for Speed: Shift. The last time that Ferrari was included in the initial launch release of a series was in Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit 2.
The addition of Ferrari back into the series should bring a lot of the attention that has been recently focused on Forza Motorsport 5 and Gran Turismo 6 back to the much older and more successful Need for Speed franchise. Need for Speed: Rivals, has several release dates depending on the system with the Paystation 4 release November 15, and the PS3 and Xbox 360 releases on November 19th, and November 22 for the Xbox One.
It’s hard to imagine that Ferrari can continue to amaze the world with each new car being so much more… more power, more style, more performance, however, that is exactly what Ferrari has done with its latest creation the Ferrari F12 Berlinetta.
The Berlinetta is a Pininfarina-styled front engine coupe that is equipped with a 6.3-liter V-12 producing 730 horsepower and 509 pound-feet of torque. 0-60 is achieved in a mere 3.1 seconds with a top speed of over 211 mph. This is largely due in part to a seven-speed-dual-clutch automated manual transmission that compliments the massive V-12 power perfectly.
There are no less than 12 different alloys used to create the body of the F12. The combination of these alloys has made the vehicle lighter and at the same time, 20 percent stronger than the Ferrari F12 that the Berlinetta will be replacing, while reducing the weight anywhere from 150 to 300 pounds. In comparison to the F12 there are several physical differences that help increase power, reduce weight and create tighter dimensions. The Berlinetta is 2 inches shorter than F12 and sits 2.5 inches lower than the Ferrari 559. Another strong difference between the Berlinetta and previous models is the fact that even with over 700 horsepower the Berlinetta delivers a respectable 16 mpg.
Die hard Ferrari enthusiast have been very vocal about their displeasure with significant changes in the otherwise classic body styles of Ferraris as of late. The Berlinetta V-12 embodies all of the classic Ferrari body styles to include a long classic hood/short deck design that is emphasized by the formed hood channels that push air through openings in front of the A-pillar and then down along the Berlinetta’s sides resulting in an increased downforce of over 76 percent in comparison to the Ferrari 599.
Improved cornering speeds were achieved through a combination of upgrades and new technology. A revised magnetic ride suspension system combined with carbon-ceramic brakes and an electronic differential all help to increase the stability and control of the Berlinetta. Additional features include a Formula One-inspired stability control system and an active brake cooling system that allows increased air flow through cooling ducts when the vehicle achieves high temperatures.
The cabin of the Berlinetta features an array of luxury touches and functional attributes. Some of the highlights include an exquisite leather package and aluminum surfaces complimented by carbon-fiber trim. Considering the amount of performance that is included in this Italian prize fighter, the $300,000 price tag is quite reasonable and will contribute the F12 being a sales success. Victory may be short lived due a 920-hp supercar being developed by Ferrari for a 2014 release date that will allow Ferrari to once again amaze everyone (to include myself) who believe that is Ferrari F12 Berlinetta is as-good-as-it-gets.
Drifting at full-throttle is exciting in any vehicle; the experience becomes beyond super-awesome when your drift car happens to be Ferrari’s fastest street-legal production vehicle currently made. This 740-horsepower V-12 packs a mind-blowing 509 lb-ft of torque at 6,000 rpm guaranteed to leave tires screaming as they run for their lives. This may explain why Ferrari provided an additional four sets of tires to auto journalist Chris Harris of EVO magazine and co-host of DRIVE for his driftcar excursion thru Europe’s most beautiful track, the Anglesey Race Circuit in Wales.