Top Gear drives the fastest Ferrari ever
The F12 Berlinetta has 730bhp, gets to 62mph in 3.1secs and hits 211mph. Hold on tight...
Posted: 02 Jan 2013
It was, of course, a Ferrari - the 246 F1. By then it was in its third year of competition, outmoded by the influx of mid-engined (and principally British) talent that quickly proved more agile on twisty tracks. So legend has it that Monza, keen to help give old man Enzo a victory in his home Grand Prix, reopened the outer circuit for the first time since 1956, thus creating a faster, more open, more Ferrari-suited circuit.
It may be that the story is only apocryphal, of course, but the history books don't lie: Ferrari bagged a 1-2-3 that September day, and, with that, the front-engined F1 era died. The following year, the 246 was replaced by the mid-engined 156 ‘sharknose'. Ferrari had been forced to conform.