Supercar of the Year 2012: Ferrari F12
The fastest Ferrari ever is our supercar of the year
Posted: 07 Jan 2013
Some supercars would falter here. The road is epic but it isn't perfect, and its cracks and dips would take the chin off some of them, and crash out their suspensions. But the Ferrari - especially when you press the ‘rough road' damper button - finds a way to fly cleanly over the ground, while keeping its tyres and your hands always keyed in. So I steel myself and find the courage to do what Benuzzi does. Get into the corners and then just floor it, and keep it floored. How's this going to work? I'm fearing it'll leave the car video-game numbed. No worries. You feel fully wired in. You can swivel the car towards an apex, the steering atom-accurate, feeling all you need from the wheel. And then it just squats and goes, the back tyres scribing their line and sending messages through the seat about how much power they can use. If the manettino is set to wet then sure the car will be cautious, but if it's cranked through sport to race, everything tautens and the tail definitely edges outward. Correct the wheel a little and it'll allow you some more slip. It's not the car doing everything; it's the car working with you. "I'm not making a car for me to exploit," Benuzzi explained to me earlier. He'd done that with the 599GTO, an edgy scorpion-tailed slap in the face for anyone whose abilities are shy of his. This one is for us civilians.