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Geneva 2012: Ferrari F12 Berlinetta

This is the all-new 12-cylinder Ferrari F12 Berlinetta, which debuts at the 2012 Geneva International Motor Show next week.  This is the most powerful road going car that Ferrari has ever built, and is powered by a 6.3-liter V12 engine which produces 740-horsepower and 509 ft-lb of torque.  The mid-front engine layout of the F12 Berlinetta delivers power to the rear wheels by way of an extremely close ratio double clutch gearbox.

The F12 Berlinetta,which replaces the 599 in the Ferrari lineup, has been engineered to not only be more efficient but also more dynamic.  Ferrari engineers have designed an all-new spaceframe chassis that gives the F12 Berlinetta a lower center of gravity, a 20 percent increase in structural rigidity while shedding 70kg over the outgoing 599.  Ferrari says the fuel consumption has also been reduced by 30%, with CO2 emissions of just 350 g/km.

Using computational fluid dynamics to design the F12 Berlinetta, Ferrari has managed to boost downforce by an incredible 76 percent over the 599 while keeping the coefficient of drag at just 0.299.  Ferrari has managed this by using what they call the Aero Bridge which uses the hood to generate downforce by channeling air away from the upper part of the car and over the directing it to the flanks over the rear wheels.  Ferrari has also given the F12 Berlinetta Active Brake Cooling which opens guide vanes to the brake cooling ducts only at high operating temperatures to further reduce drag.

The result of all this engineering and efficiency is pretty damn impressive.  Ferrari says that the F12 Berlinetta will do 0-100 km/h in 3.1 seconds and 0-200 km/h in just 8.5 seconds.  Ferrari also says that the F12 Berlinetta laps their Fiorano test circuit a full 1 minute and 23 seconds faster than any other Ferrari road car.

We’ve got a full Ferrari F12 Berlinetta gallery and Ferrari press release after the jump to read about the other techno wizardry Ferrari have employed.

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