Ferrari F12tdf, a tribute to history

The F12tdf is a limited edition model deriving from the F12 Berlinetta, produced in only 799 units since 2017, making it a very exclusive model.

The F12tdf was created to pay homage to the Ferrari victories of the 1950s and 1960s in the Tour de France, a legendary endurance race that the Maranello manufacturer managed to win for four consecutive years with the 250 GT Berlinetta.

The car features the use of composite materials for both the interior and exterior of the car.

The overhaul of each element such as: bodywork, engine, interior, transmission, and mechanics, allow a weight reduction of 110 kg, ensuring longitudinal acceleration from 0 to 100 km/h in just 2.9 seconds.

The car is fitted with a naturally aspirated V12 engine, deriving from the award-winning engine of its younger sister F12 (the endothermic unit of the LaFerrari model also derives from this V12), which delivers a power of 780 hp at 8.500 rpm, with a power specification of 125 hp/liter generating a maximum torque of 705 Nm at 6.750 rpm, of which eighty percent is already available at 2.500 rpm, with a progression of a true racing car.

To achieve this performance, the engine has undergone various interventions, including: the use of mechanical tappets derived from GT racing, and the variable height trumpets used in Formula 1 engines, helping to increase volumetric efficiency at high revs.

The engine is mated to an F1 DCT gearbox, with ratios shortened by six percent, and shift times reduced by thirty percent, and downshift times reduced by forty percent.

The braking system adopted is of the Extreme Design monobloc caliper type, already installed on the LaFerrari model, which allows the car to stop from 100 to 0 km/h in just 30.5 meters, and to stop from 200 to 0 km/h in 121 meters.

This car represents the most advanced concept of extreme car, being a concentrate of cutting-edge technologies in all areas of the vehicle, from the engine, to aerodynamics, passing through vehicle dynamics, to which some solutions derived from the XX program find road application.

The aerodynamic efficiency of the F12TDF is 1.6, with an eightyseven percent increase in downforce compared to the f12 Berlinetta.

The aerodynamic development is very accurate, at the front there is a modification of the aerobridge on the side, and the introduction of splitters, dive planes, floowings and gills, which increase the efficiency of the bottom and the car body.

At the rear, on the other hand, we find a spoiler raised by 30 millimeters and set back by 60 millimeters, louvers at the height of the fender, which extract the flows from the internal wheel housing creating a depression, and a completely redesigned diffuser.

The bottom of the car, on the other hand, is derived from GT racing, contributing to a thirty percent increase in downforce.

The solutions described above contribute to generating an aerodynamic load equal to 230 kg at a speed of 200 km/h, definitely above the average for any road vehicle.

The car also has a high reactivity, obtained by an increase in the size of the tires, which go from 255 to 275, thus increasing by half an inch, ensuring greater lateral acceleration of the front axle.

The oversteer that generates this configuration is managed by an innovative rear wheel steering system, called the Virtual Short Pass.

The rear steering axle provides for automatic adjustment of the rear wheels, defining the optimum steering angle as a function of steering wheel angle, steering wheel speed and speed, allowing response times to the steering command and agility values ​​comparable to a racing car, particularly appreciated if you are tackling winding roads or very technical circuits.

The PCV system therefore allows for a stable car even at high speeds, and an ease of driving appreciated by less experienced drivers.

The F12 TDF also has a renewal as regards the interior, in fact there is a constant search for functionality and driving comfort, with many parts redesigned for the occasion.

The concept line is to create an interaction between the plastic lines of the F12 Berlinetta, and the aggressive lines given by the widened track, and by the various aerodynamic elements that characterize the F12tdf.

In the cockpit you have the essentials, generating a cockpit effect around the pilot, with the adoption of visible carbon eyelids around the instrument panel and for the satellites.

The dashboard drawer is replaced by a simple pudding with knee protection function.

The upholstery is in Alcantara, the carpets in almond and the seats in technical fabric, all with a view to reducing weight.

The car therefore allows a sporty drive for both experienced and less experienced drivers, thanks to the various vehicle stability control systems, guaranteeing easy driving and certainly full of satisfaction and fun.

There is an F12tdf model with La Plata blue paint, a color that Scuderia Scaglietti used for its cars between the 50s and 60s and on the color combination that recalls the 250 GT Berlinetta Tour de France, winner of the homonymous race in 1957.

The price for this one-of-a-kind variant is € one million, while the traditional models are around € 350,000.


Dimensions and weight

Length 4656 mm

Width 1961 mm

Height 1273 mm

Wheelbase 2720 mm

Front track 1673 mm

Rear track 1648 mm

Dry weight * 1415kg

Curb weight * 1520kg

Weight distribution 46% Front - 54% Rear

Tank capacity 92 liters


Type V12 - 65°

Bore and stroke 94x75.2 mm

Total displacement 6262 cm³

Compression ratio 13.5:1

Maximum power ** 780 hp at 8500 rpm

Specific power 125 hp/liter

Maximum torque 705 Nm at 6250 rpm

Maximum engine speed (limiter) 8900rpm

Tires and rims

Front 275/35 ZR 20 10 J

Rear 315/35 ZR 20 11.5 J

Front (Winter) 255/35 ZR 20 9.5 J

Rear (Winter, chainable) 305/35 ZR 20 11.5 J

Gear box

F1 seven-speed double clutch


Top speed 340 km/h

From 0 to 100 Km/h 2.9 sec

From 0 to 200 Km/h 7.9 sec

From 62 to 0 Mph 30.5 m

From124 to 0 Mph 121 m

Third generation carbon ceramic brakes

Front 398x223x38 mm

Rear 360x233x32 mm

Electronic controls

ESC Stability control

Performance ABS/EBD Performance anti-lock braking system/electronic brake force distribution

F1 TRAC Traction Control F1

E-DIFF 3 Third generation electronically controlled differential

SCM-E with double holenoid Magnetorheological control of the suspensions, with double solenoid system

Consumption ***

Combined 15.4 liters/100km

CO2 emissions ***

Combined 360 g/kmg/km

Additional Notes

* With optional lightening content

** Engine power expressed in kW according to the International System of Units (SI) and in hp (1 kW = 1.3596216 hp). With dynamic overboost

*** With HELE system

Andrea Rasponi

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