In 2012 Ferrari announced it’s new Pininfarina styled 730hp F12berlinetta would replace the 612hp Ferrari 599 which had been in production since 2006.
The 730hp V12 motor is a tuned version of that seen in the 650hp Ferrari FF first seen in 2011 as is the 7 speed dual-clutch automated semi-automatic transmission which can also be found in the California, 458 Italia and LaFerrari models.
The F12berlinetta’s alloy chassis developed with Scaglietti is said to be stiffer and and lighter than that of the 599 which it replaces, the center of gravity has also been lowered and the finished car has a 46% front, 54% rear weight distribution.
Among the interesting novelties fitted to the F12berlinetta are active brake cooling ducts which open only when the brakes are hot, this feature reduces the cars overall aerodynamic drag during the course of a journey. The cars drag coefficient is said to be 0.299.
When lapping the Ferrari Fiorano test circuit the F12berlinetta is said to be 3.5 seconds faster than the 599 GTB, and two seconds faster than the Enzo, 458 Italia and 430 Scuderia.
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Of the 55 SWB California Spyder bodies designed by Pininfarina and built by Scaglietti 37 had faired in headlights.
First seen at Geneva Motor Show in 1960 the California Spyder was powered by a 276hp version of the 3 litre / 183 cui V12 motor designed by Gioacchino Colombo.
Along with the additional power the SWB California was fitted with hydraulic disc brakes in place of the drum brakes of originally fitted to the older long wheel base model.
At the time of writing it is not known who first purchased chassis #2891 in 1961, but it’s three known subsequent owners all lived in Europe, so this car appears to have never seen the California sunshine for which it was built.
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