Ferrari 812 Superfast

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Ferrari 812 Superfast
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Overview
ManufacturerFerrari
ProductionApril 2017 – present
AssemblyMaranello, Italy
DesignerFerrari Styling Centre under Flavio Manzoni[1]
Body and chassis
ClassGrand tourer (S)
Body style
LayoutFront mid-engine, rear-wheel-drive
RelatedFerrari Monza SP
Powertrain
Engine6.5 L F140 GA V12
Power output800 PS (588 kW; 789 hp)[2][3]
Transmission7-speed dual-clutch
Dimensions
Wheelbase2,720 mm (107 in)[4]
Length4,657 mm (183.3 in)[4]
Width1,971 mm (77.6 in)[4]
Height1,276 mm (50.2 in)[4]
Kerb weight1,744 kg (3,845 lb)[5]
Chronology
PredecessorFerrari F12berlinetta

The Ferrari 812 Superfast[6] (Type F152M) is a front mid-engine, rear-wheel-drive grand tourer produced by Italian sports car manufacturer Ferrari that made its debut at the 2017 Geneva Motor Show. The 812 Superfast is the successor to the F12berlinetta.[6]

Specifications[edit]

Engine[edit]

The 6.5-litre F140 GA V12 engine

The car has an enlarged 6,496 cc (6.5 L) version of the F140 V12 compared to the 6.3-litre engine used in the F12berlinetta. The engine generates a power output of 800 PS (588 kW; 789 hp) at 8,500 rpm and 718 N⋅m (530 lb⋅ft) of torque at 7,000 rpm.[7][8] The 812 Superfast's engine is, as of 2018, the most powerful naturally aspirated production car engine ever made according to the manufacturer.

Despite having possessed powertrain technology expertise in forced induction (mainly turbocharging) and hybrid disciplines, Ferrari has made clear that none of those technologies are being incorporated in the legendary front-engine, rear wheel-drive, V12-engined berlinetta design—at present and in future—due to heritage reasons.

Transmission[edit]

The transmission for the 812 Superfast is a dual-clutch 7-speed F1 automated manual gearbox manufactured for Ferrari by Getrag, based on the gearbox used in the 458.[9]

Wheels[edit]

The 812 Superfast has 20-inch wheels at the front and the rear. The tyres are Pirelli P Zero with codes of 275/35 ZR 20 for the front tires and 315/35 ZR 20 for the rear.[4] The brakes are carbon-ceramic Brembo Extreme Design disc brakes, which Ferrari claims have 5.8% improved braking performance from 100 km/h to 0 km/h as compared to the F12berlinetta.[10] The brakes are borrowed from the Laferrari, with a diameter of 398 mm (15.7 in) at the front and 360 mm (14.2 in) at the rear.

Aerodynamics[edit]

The side profile of the 812 Superfast

Ferrari has stated that the front-engine, rear wheel-drive V12 vehicle platform—part of the brand's heritage—is not easy to refine and has presented various developmental challenges. As such, a combination of complicated aerodynamics technology is used to complement the 812 Superfast's chassis control system. It includes a mix of active and passive aerodynamics to improve drag coefficient values over the F12berlinetta. The front of the car is designed to increase downforce and includes intakes for front brake cooling, as well as ducts to increase underbody air flow. The bonnet of the car also has channels to move air through to the side of the car for additional downforce. The rear diffuser of the 812 Superfast has active flaps that can open up at high speeds to further reduce drag.

Performance[edit]

Ferrari claims that the 812 Superfast has a top speed of 340 km/h (211 mph) with a 0–100 km/h (0–62 mph) acceleration time of 2.9 seconds.[1] The car has a power to weight ratio of 2.18 kg (4.81 lb) per horsepower (PS). The 812 Superfast is the first Ferrari equipped with EPS (Electronic Power Steering). It also shares the rear-wheel-steering system (Virtual Short Wheelbase 2.0) borrowed from the limited edition F12tdf. The weight distribution of the car is 47% front, 53% rear. The car has recorded a laptime of 1:21:50 around the Fiorano racetrack, 0.50 seconds behind the more track-focused F12tdf.[11]

Design[edit]

Rear 3/4 view showing quad tail lights and body-colored diffuser

The design is inspired by the F12berlinetta, though it gets some updated styling cues like full LED headlamps, air vents on the bonnet, quad circular tail lights, and a body-colored rear diffuser. The two-box, high tail design of the car is intended to resemble that of the 365 GTB/4 Daytona, a Pininfarina design, though the car was designed at the Ferrari Styling Center.[12]

Interior

The interior of the 812 Superfast takes inspiration from both the preceding F12berlinetta and the interior of the LaFerrari, especially the shape and position of the air vents and the contours of the dashboard.

As part of the Ferrari's flagship model design, the 812 Superfast's center control stack continues to lack a central infotainment display featured in entry-level models such as the GTC4Lusso and Portofino, retaining only a small temperature display for the climate control system and splitting all vehicular status information displays among the driver's multifunction instrument cluster, as well as the passenger-side touchscreen stack display above the glove compartment area.

As with certain previous models, the 812 Superfast can be ordered with specially designed, model name-tagged, multi-piece luggage set which fit into the vehicle's rear trunk effectively.

Ferrari Monza SP[edit]

At a private event held for customers and investors at the company's headquarters in Maranello, Italy in September 2018, Ferrari unveiled the first two models in its new Icona series of models. The cars called the Monza SP1 and SP2 (1 and 2 denoting the seating capacity) pay homage to the iconic open top race cars of the 1950s. The cars are designed with inspiration taken from Ferrari's historic race cars such as the 750 Monza and are developed to provide a dedicated open top driving experience. The car is based on the 812 Superfast and utilises its chassis, engine, transmission and interior components but the engine has been tuned to generate a maximum power output of 810 PS (596 kW; 799 hp).[13] The Monza can accelerate from 0–100 km/h (0–62 mph) in 2.9 seconds, 0–200 km/h (0–124 mph) in 7.9 seconds and can attain a maximum speed of 299 km/h (186 mph). The car uses a carbon fibre construction and features bespoke wheels, interior colour choices, small scissor doors and a full LED strip serving as the tail light of the car. The virtual windshield (present ahead of the driver only and a concept used previously in the Mercedes SLR McLaren Stirling Moss) disrupts airflow over the driver in order to maintain maximum driving comfort. Due to the use of lightweight materials, the Monza SP weighs 1,500 kg (3,306.9 lb) while the SP1 weighs a further 20 kg (44.1 lb) less due to the deletion of passenger seat.

Production of the Monza SP will be limited to 500 units with all of the units already pre-sold to selected customers and with pricing set to be unveiled at the Paris Motor Show. The cars will be delivered with a special racing suit and a helmet tailored for each customer. The new Icona series will sit above the Ferrari's flagship V8 models.[14]

812 GTS[edit]

Unveiled in September 2019, the 812 GTS is the open top version of the 812 Superfast. This marks the first front-engine V12 series production convertible model offered by Ferrari in 50 years, as the convertible variants of the 550, the 575 and the 599 were limited edition models meant for special customers only.

The large rear buttresses present at the rear hold the folding hard top roof under a tonneu cover present between them when not in use. The electronically operated hard top takes 14 seconds for operation and is operable at speeds upto 45 km/h (28 mph).

The GTS weighs 75 kg (165 lb) more than the Superfast due to chassis reinforcing components but maintains equal performance figures as its coupé counterpart. The mechanical components including the engine remain the same as the Superfast except for the transmission which has shorter gear ratios to improve the car's response to throttle inputs. The engine's high-pressure injection system reduces the number of particles that are emitted before the catalytic converter warms up. There is also a new gasoline particulate filter and a stop-start system improve fuel economy. Other features shared with the Superfast include the Manettino selector knob, side-slip angle control and variable steering weight. The car has been aerodynamically refined in order to eliminate any turbulence arising from the loss of a fixed roof.[15][16]

References[edit]

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  13. ^ Neate, Rupert (18 September 2018). "Ferrari pre-sells entire new supercar model despite £1m+ price tag". The Guardian. Retrieved 19 September 2018.
  14. ^ Harrison, Tom (18 September 2018). "Meet the Ferrari Monza, an 812 Superfast speedster". Top Gear. Retrieved 19 September 2018.
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