Ferrari F12 Berlinetta UK debut

8 Jul, 2013 11:08am Tom Phillips

Ferrari F12 Berlinetta to make UK debut at Goodwood Festival of Speed

The Ferrari F12 Berlinetta will make its debut at this weekend’s Goodwood Festival of Speed. The F12 will spearhead Ferrari’s presence at the show, which will also include a bespoke FF, a ‘Tailor-Made’ 458 Spider and Eric Clapton’s SP12 EC, produced by Ferrari’s Special Projects division.

The F12 is powered by Ferrari’s direct injection 6.3-litre V12 that produces 730bhp. The engine won this year’s Best Performance Engine in the International Engine of the Year Awards.

As well as its headline-grabbing enigine, the F12 is also the first to use Ferrari’s Aero Bridge. It’s an F1-derived aerodynamics technology that allows air to flow up and along the sides of the car’s long bonnet, then down through a specially sculpted channel in each front wing. Ferrari claims that the tech generates extra downforce and reduces drag.

Another aero innovation is the Active Brake Cooling, which opens ducts to direct cool air to the brakes but only when necessary, thus avoiding creating extra aerodynamic drag.

Also on display at Goodwood will be a four-seater FF, which will feature the new option of a panoramic glass roof. Ferrari will also have a 458 Spider on show, which has a host of detail options available through its ‘Tailor-Made’ programme.

Ferrari will have a one-off SP12 EC on display. Built for musician Eric Clapton, the EC was designed by Centro Stile Ferrari in collaboration with Pininfarina, with styling heavily influenced by the V12-powered Ferrari 512BB.

However, while its design is intended to recall the 512BB, the SP12 is actually based on the 458 Italia, and powered by a 4.5-litre V8.

In addition to its selection of road cars, Ferrari will send its 2010 Formula 1 car up the Goodwood hill, driven by Ferrari GT driver Marc Gene.

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It didn't rate until I saw this weeks Top Gear. If you were to offer me this or a Berlinetta Boxer or a Daytona, or even a 512TR, I would take any of them.

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