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Ferrari racing and road cars have always existed in the upper echelon of the performance paradigm, and their capabilities have set the standard for generations. Occasionally, the company produces a model of such distinctly focused characteristics that it creates a new performance standard for a production-based road car. The F12tdf is such a model, and upon its debut in late 2015, laid its claim among the most outrageous performance cars in history.
Ferrari first started building sports berlinettas with a V-12 engine in the front shortly after its inception, and found major successes on road and track utilizing what would become its most recognizable layout. This architecture underpinned some of the company’s most memorable models, including the 250 TDF, 250 GTO, 275 GTB, and Daytona, among many others.
Upon the introduction of the 206 Dino in 1967, mid-engine six- and eight-cylinder Ferraris would become the brand’s more affordable and visceral offerings, with the V-12-powered cars evolving into upscale GTs known more for powerful engines than their dynamic chassis. This would begin to shift with the introduction of the 550 Maranello in 1996, which was Ferrari’s first front-engine, 12-cylinder two-seat sports car since 1973, and which followed the mid-engine, flat 12-cylinder Boxer and Testarossa models. The 550, 575, and 599 models steadily increased the development and performance levels of front-engine Ferraris before giving way to the F12 berlinetta in 2012.
The F12 was a clean-sheet design and capitalized on Ferrari’s continued strides in engine technology, but also made use of significant aerodynamic advances from their 599XX and Formula 1 programs. The F12 utilizes an aerobridge, an air channel running from the hood through vents in the flanks, and channels running down the sides of the car, creating additional downforce. A further advantage over its predecessor is the use of a dual-clutch gearbox, a first for a V-12 Ferrari. The dual clutch offered much smoother operation and quicker shifting, benefiting both lap times and the overall driving experience.
Building on the many attributes that made the F12 berlinetta one of the world’s finest performance cars, Ferrari endeavored to offer something more potent, a concept that had brought such cars as the 430 Scuderia, 458 Speciale, and 599 GTO. Reaching deep into their significant heritage, the new model would be known as the F12tdf, with “tdf” standing for Tour de France, and representing the first time the moniker had been used since the 250 GT Tour de France of the mid-to-late 1950s.
Introduced in October 2015, changes to the standard F12 were numerous and impactful, starting with weight reduction of 110 kg (243 pounds), and with an increase of horsepower to 769. The track-focused F12tdf accelerated to 62 mph in 2.9 seconds and 124 mph in 7.9 seconds on its way to a top speed of “in excess of 211 mph,” per Ferrari. Helped by an 80% increase in downforce and a novel rear steering system, lap times around Ferrari’s Fiorano test circuit were a full two seconds faster than the standard F12 and only 1.3 seconds slower than the LaFerrari hypercar.
One of just 799 examples built, this F12tdf was sold new to its current and only owner in February 2017 through Ferrari of Washington in Sterling, Virginia. Highly optioned and finished in Bianco Avus (Avus White) paint with blue and black stripes, the interior is trimmed in Blu Medio (Medium Blue) leather with Alcantara trim, dashboard, and headliner. The option list is too long to include in its entirety, but contains yellow brake calipers, and carbon fiber used on the filter box cover, fog lamps, headlight buckets, under-door covers, and rear bench trim. Showing just under 450 miles at the time of cataloguing, the F12tdf presents beautifully, having received fastidious care since new.
Noted auto journalist Chris Harris tested the F12tdf at Fiorano for Top Gear upon its introduction, stating: “This is not so much a car as it is a Class A substance. It’s a magnificent piece of work. I am just totally befuddled by the speed of it; the aggression of it. Everything about it is just...insane.” One of Ferrari’s true modern masterpieces, this F12tdf exudes everything that makes a Ferrari great, and deserves the very closest inspection.