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Technical secrets behind Ferrari's F12 supercar

Ferrari’s supercars are always technically advanced. The F12, however, is special, even by Ferrari’s lofty standards; here’s why.
1/13Ferrari’s supercars are always technically advanced. The F12, however, is special, even by Ferrari’s lofty standards; here’s why.
Mechanical and electronic driver aids work together to deliver the maximum grip around corners. The rear differential is electronically controlled and the amount of body roll is also kept in check with the help of electro-mechanical systems.
2/13Mechanical and electronic driver aids work together to deliver the maximum grip around corners. The rear differential is electronically controlled and the amount of body roll is also kept in check with the help of electro-mechanical systems.
Just like a race car, the faster the car goes, the more the downforce it generates.
3/13Just like a race car, the faster the car goes, the more the downforce it generates.
So, it is the fastest front-engined V12 Ferrari by a good margin.
4/13So, it is the fastest front-engined V12 Ferrari by a good margin.
With 730bhp, an 8700rpm rev limiter and a compression ratio of 13.5:1, this 65-degree V12 is something extra special.
5/13With 730bhp, an 8700rpm rev limiter and a compression ratio of 13.5:1, this 65-degree V12 is something extra special.
As a result, the chassis is a mix of castings, sheet metal and extrusions. Each type of aluminium alloy is specifically tailored to do a unique job.
6/13As a result, the chassis is a mix of castings, sheet metal and extrusions. Each type of aluminium alloy is specifically tailored to do a unique job.
The chassis is the component that takes all the load; both static as well as dynamic. So it has to be particularly stiff. And because this is a sportscar, it has to be super light as well. The 12 different types of aluminium alloys help make it both light and very strong
7/13The chassis is the component that takes all the load; both static as well as dynamic. So it has to be particularly stiff. And because this is a sportscar, it has to be super light as well. The 12 different types of aluminium alloys help make it both light and very strong
The new, front-engined Ferrari has a shorter wheelbase to enable it to be more agile and more willing to turn-in to corners.
8/13The new, front-engined Ferrari has a shorter wheelbase to enable it to be more agile and more willing to turn-in to corners.
This car has to put 730bhp through the rear wheels, so it needs to have weight pressing down over the rear. As a result, 54 percent of the weight sits over the rear wheels, and this only increases when the car accelerates.
9/13This car has to put 730bhp through the rear wheels, so it needs to have weight pressing down over the rear. As a result, 54 percent of the weight sits over the rear wheels, and this only increases when the car accelerates.
Please note 2500rpm represents almost 200bhp! The smooth line represents the power curve, and the line with dashes, torque.
10/13Please note 2500rpm represents almost 200bhp! The smooth line represents the power curve, and the line with dashes, torque.
Other unique features of this motor include multiple spark ignitions per power stroke
11/13Other unique features of this motor include multiple spark ignitions per power stroke
The braking system has been specially designed to deliver the highest possible performance with the least amount of delay. Pre-fill, for example, means the disc pads are brought into light contact with the discs as soon as you lift off the throttle.
12/13The braking system has been specially designed to deliver the highest possible performance with the least amount of delay. Pre-fill, for example, means the disc pads are brought into light contact with the discs as soon as you lift off the throttle.
Check out the braking performance from 200; amazing!
13/13Check out the braking performance from 200; amazing!
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