Supercar of the Year 2012: Ferrari F12
The fastest Ferrari ever is our supercar of the year
Posted: 07 Jan 2013
These aren't fast roads - we're seldom beyond 80mph. But if the car works here, he says, then he knows it'll work anywhere. It's immediately obvious the car uses its spring travel judiciously, the electronic damper regulation keeping the body from crashing out, even in places where the road has been bucked by the crumbling of the land beneath it. Every so often Dario turns to me and grins like he can scarcely believe it. "Fantastico... incredible."
I peer into the footwell at the man's throttle technique. Even around these treacherously surfaced bends the authority of the traction is never broken. Yet Benuzzi's right foot isn't fluttering, even as the rear tyres ride the bumps and wet leaves and gravel. Basically, he gets to the apex and just plants it, letting the stability controls sort out this epic battle between 730bhp and a road whose grip changes quickly and unpredictably. As we cannon out of another snake-eyed second-gear curve, he takes one hand off the wheel and gestures as he looks across again: "Perfetto."