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
So there you have it: aerodynamicists are responsible for the way the F12 looks. Usually designers design, then aero engineers tweak, but, at Ferrari, the two work side by side from the outset. So where the 599 had its famous buttresses, the F12 has Aero Bridge - cuts through the front wings that channel air down into the carved flanks to clean up airflow. Similar aero touches are everywhere. Vents on the back deck allow pressurised air to escape from the rear wheelarches. There are flaps beyond the edges of the front grille that open only when necessary to boost brake cooling. My personal favourite is the central bonnet vent that extracts hot air from the engine, which mixes with air passing over it to reduce pressure build-up at the base of the windscreen - a key aero consideration, apparently. The end result is a drag factor of 0.299Cd and a car that doesn't look half bad.