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Comment faire si on a déjà commencé à un haut niveau et qu’on veut rester au sommet ? Comment dire un peu adieu à ses origines et passer à une nouvelle ère tout en garantissant un succès maximum ? C’est simple, il faut construire la voiture la plus rapide avec le moteur le plus puissant. Le règne du V12 atmosphérique prend sa fin, et on se dirige vers la suralimentation et l’hybride. Ferrari, qui a commencé il y a 71 ans maintenant avec le V12, et qui nous cache peut-être malgré tout des plans futurs avec ce moteur, a voulu le quitter officiellement de la façon la plus glorieuse.

La dernière voiture dotée de ce moteur est la Ferrari F 812 Superfast, ou si vous voulez, la super rapide. La dénomination F 812 vient du nombre de cylindres et de la puissance générée par le moteur. Vous l’avez deviné : Ferrari 800 chevaux 12 cylindres à 8900 tours par minute. C’est aussi le moteur atmosphérique le plus large, avec une cylindrée de 6.5L. Ce qui fait un rapport puissance par volume énorme, égalant les 123 chevaux par litre. Quant au couple généré, il pointe à 720 Nm à 7000 tours par minute. Le tout est couplé à une boîte de vitesse F1 automatique, 7 rapports, à double embrayage. Le 0 à 100 km/h se fait en seulement 2.9 secondes, le 0 à 200 (et là il faut retenir sa respiration) est fait en seulement 7.9 secondes et la vitesse maximale atteinte (selon Ferrari) est de 340 km/h. Les rapports de la nouvelle boîte de vitesse de la Superfast ont été modifiées pour gagner 30% de rapidité en changement de rapports hauts avec une restitution d’embrayage plus rapide, et 40% en temps de changement de rapports bas avec rétrogradages multiples en conduite de course.

 

Originellement, la F 812 et développée sur la base de ses petites soeurs, la F12 Berlinetta et la Ferrari TdF, qui ne sont pas beaucoup plus lentes. Ferrari a gardé de ces deux voitures le style aérodynamique et agressif, mais s’est permise de jouer un tout petit peu avec les systèmes existant, histoire de tirer des millisecondes par ici, et de la stabilité par là. La TdF était puissante et rapide, certes, mais elle était aussi une bête indomptable. Ce que Ferrari a essayé de faire, c’est jouer un peu avec les systèmes embarqués de la F 812 afin de lui donner plus de stabilité et de contrôle. Actuellement le système rayon de braquage de roues arrière directrices (Passo Corto Virtuale : PCV) passe à la version 2.0 pour garantir une meilleure performance de conduite. En effet, il offre plus de stabilité et d’agilité dans les virages, qui résulte en une amélioration de l’accélération latérale de 11%, et de 18% d’accélération longitudinale en sortie de virage. Aussi, la F 812 est plus stable à grande vitesse grâce à ce système. Le PCV offre au conducteur 10 % de gain en activité du volant, secondé aussi par l’assistance électronique. C’est la première Ferrari à avoir la direction assistée électronique, et le résultat est déjà spectaculaire et concluant.

La puissance du moteur à elle toute seule ne peut pas offrir une grande performance, c’est pour cela que Ferrari a pensé au côté aérodynamique. La Ferrari F812 est la Ferrari sportive la plus efficace sur ce plan grâce à des solutions aérodynamiques mobiles qu’elles soient actives (s’ouvrent mécaniquement) ou passives (s’ouvrent grâce à la pression d’air). Du nez de la voiture, jusqu’à l’arrière, l’air est canalisé, contrôlé afin de garantir les meilleures valeurs aérodynamiques et avoir la meilleure performance en terme de vitesse. à l’avant, un groupe aérodynamique innovant a été mis en place, que ça soit dans la calandre vers le radiateur, ou dans les entrées d’air à côté pour refroidir les freins, chaque millilitre d’air doit être gagné et utilisé. L’air qui entre par la calandre est dirigé vers le radiateur, qui part vers le bas, où il trouve des éléments actifs qui le canalisent vers le diffuseur actif (se décale de 17°) afin d’avoir une meilleure poussée vers le bas, et les côtés de la voiture pour réduire la traînée d’air. Sous le pare-choc, un élément actif qui s’ouvre à des vitesses supérieure à 180 km/h pour générer une poussée négative et coller la voiture à la route.

Tout a été mis en oeuvre afin que la Ferrari F812 excelle sur la route, 800 chevaux, des ordinateurs, des spoilers, une suspension magnétique pour l’emmener à l’au delà en vitesse, et être sur le trône de la compétition.

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Ferrari 488

Novitec Rosso always did good to Ferrari toys, either it was the F12 N Largo, or any other model, they were all charming, and crazy on the road. Now that there is an Aperta version of the impressive Ferrari 488 GTB, Novitec Rosso allowed themselves to tweak it. And the result is just phenomenal.

Tweaks involved the exterior, and performance. First of all, the engine, Novitec Rosso did not mess with the initial 3.0L turbocharged 488 GTB engine, but they developed two special control modules that are responsible to feeding the ECU with ECU with new mapping for the injection and ignition phases. There’s also a new exhaust system (available with ‘electronic sound management’) and an optional exhaust made from Inconel (an alloy of nickel containing chromium and iron, resistant to corrosion at high temperatures). All of this means another 101 bhp to the initial engine, which means that the Novitec Rosso 488 spider produces 772 bhp @7950 rpm and 892 Nm of torque @3,250 rpm. Top speed is expected to be around 342 km/h with a 0-100 km/h sprint time of 2.8 seconds (which is 0.2 quicker than the standard model).

For the exterior changes, Novitec fitted the 488 spider with a new carbon-fiber front spoiler lip, air intake surround, side flaps and rocker panels. At the rear, there is an additional diffuser element and a rear spoiler lip as well as carbon surrounds for the taillights and blacked third brake light.  The interior depends on the buyer’s taste Novitec offers a variety of choices in their configurator. Price too, depends on options fitted to the car.

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Of course everyone was pleased with the Ferrari FF, it came with a new 4 by 4 technology, with well calculated power distribution according to the weight displacement, two gearboxes and two transfer boxes. Well, for a manufacturer such as Ferrari, moving from one point to another is a must, to keep at the top, with the new Ferrari F12 tdf announced, time has come to launch a new Ferrari FF.

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First of all, the name FF is no longer, Ferrari prefers to come back to its roots, now, the FF is called, the GTC4 Lusso, as a tribute to the 330 GTC, a four-seater 330 GT, and the 250 GT Berlinetta Lusso, one of the best cars Ferrari ever made. The mad dog 6,3L V12 comes with more power and more torque. The new engine produces 681 bhp @8000 rpm instead of 651 bhp and a slight increase in torque : 700 Nm @5750 rpm instead of 680. The GTC4 Lusso races to 100 kph in just 3,4 seconds and tops at 335 kph. It weighs just 1790 kg and has a new weight distribution 47-53% front/rear.

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On the outside, there are few modifications, the front headlamps have been reworked, the front grille is larger, new taillights, a rear diffuser and roof-mounted spoiler. The result is, the GT4 Lusso is more aerodynamically stable than the FF and has better air intake for the engine, thus the power upgrade. The interior feels spacey, more luxurious and quite a bit modern. The car still has 4 seats, with a bit more space, a middle screen, buttons, all the stuff from the future, but still feels a Ferrari.

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The New FF, long be blessed its name, has the same 4-wheels steering that came in the Ferrari TDF, which will allow better steering and an improved driving experience. For now, it is just being teased, Ferrari says it will be revealed in the Geneva Auto Show with more details, and the pricing.

Earlier, Ferrari announced it is working on a more track-focused version of the Ferrari F12. And they said that the new model won’t be a replacement, but will be sold alongside the actual F12. People call it the Speciale, others prefer to use the GTO. So far Ferrari hasn’t said a word about the name. Now, thanks to Motor Authority there are some available spyshots of the testing mule.

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As you can see, the new model has two front wings, a large three parts air intakes. On the hood, there are two air intakes, which is a new thing. That should work on cooling the engine, and giving a higher down force. The rear spoiler has been reworked. There is a separate part, maybe for a retractable rear wing. The car has a new rear diffuser. A carbon-fiber side skirt. The new aerodynamic package contributes to a higher downforce, but will reduce the top speed a little. Power is slightly increased, to 760 bhp, from the same 6,2L V12 engine. And there is a huge weight reduction, of 440 pounds (around 200 kg). Main enemy in visor is the Lamborghini Aventador LP-750 4 Superveloce. So far, Ferrari announces a 10 bhp more, and 100 kg less in weight. This should keep things going in competition between the two Italians.

Source : Motorauthority

A few months after revealing the breath taking Ferrari 488 Gran Turismo Berlinetta (GTB), and a day after announcing finishing last touches on a more track focused F12, Ferrari revealed earlier today, in some private party, maybe for Italian cooks and Mafia men, a new model : The 488 GTB Spider. It is an Aperta version of the 488 GTB, with better driving sensations.

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Ferrari did not wait for the upcoming Frankfurt Auto Show to reveal its newest toy, and just went ahead with it. The 488 GTB Spider still has the same 3,9L V8 producing 670 bhp, and a staggering 750 Nm in torque, which makes it by far, Ferrari’s most powerful Aperta. Going from 0 to 100 kph will take the same time as the coupe, 3 seconds flat. However, racing to the 200 kph will be .4 of a second faster for the Spider, in just 8.7 seconds. Still with the figures, Ferrari said that the Spider gained 50 kg in weight, and has a 23 % torsional rigidity compared to the coupe, thus creating a sportier drive. Power will be transferred to the wheel through a 7-speed dual-clutch Formula one transmission. Very light shifting is expected.

No need to worry about the aerodynamic performance, in fact, the 488 Spider does look a bit muscular. Ferrari announced also some aerodynamics improvements : A new rear wing, better curves, and air vents, active front bumper and blown rear spoiler, all made to reduce the drag, and give a better downforce. All this makes it the best convertible Ferrari ever made, from an aerodynamic point of view.  In fact, it has better wind channeling. All these numbers can make the car top 325 kph. Last week, a video was circulating in the Internet for a GTB breaking 341 kph, so wait and see.

As far as the roof is concerned, it is a light material hard top, Ferrari says the soft top weighs 50 kg more, so they dropped the idea of it. It is power-retractable, in just 14 seconds, same as all Ferraris. But, unlike the other Ferraris, whose roof folds in a 180° straight back way, the 488 Spider’s is split into two parts who fold one over the other inside the 250 L trunk. For Safety reasons, and like all the convertible Ferraris, Roof folding or unfolding is only done when the car is fully stationary.

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Fuel consumption will be around 11.4L for a 100 km, and C02 emissions will be around 260 g/km. There is no price tag on it yet, but it is expected to be close to the 230,000 €. It’s main rival is no Lamborghini, but it will be the McLaren 650 Spider.

ferrari-f12-specialeA rendering of what the next F12 “speciale” would look like.

This just in, Ferrari announced it is working on a more powerful, lighter Ferrari F12 Berlinetta. It won’t be a replacement model, as it will be sold alongside it, same as Ferrari did with the 458 and 458 Speciale. It will be sold in a limited number of units though.

The new F12, let’s call it F12 Speciale for now, until Ferrari decides of what the name should be, is going on a severe diet, in fact it is said that it will lose 200 kg (440 pounds) compared to the stock version. It is said also to have 30 more bhp to have a total power of 760 bhp of its 6.3L naturally aspirated V12. Racing from 0 to 100 kph will take 3.0 seconds or less. Ferrari will be aiming hypercar performance with this new model.

The car will be more “track focused” which means, no sound systems, no navigation systems, or carpets as a matter of fact, that is how serious Ferrari is taking their diet idea for cars. It is announced that it will be revealed in next March, in Geneva Motor Show, until then, we expect more spy shots of the testing mule, and more informations, maybe a video teaser.

Source : autocar.uk

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Since 2009 Ferrari 458 hasn’t stopped catching attention, an in many ways, the Italia, the Speciale, the Speciale A, the least we can say about its V8 is that it is impressive. However, for the Italians, the good impression that this car left, wasn’t enough, they had to go for more.

How much more?? just a 100 bhp and a turbo more. The new Ferrari 458 is called now a 488 GTB, as in Gran Turismo Berlinetta. The first GTB Ferrari was the 308 (in your face Peugeot). It was manufactured 40 years ago, from 1975 to 1983. It had a 2.0L v8, and it was just impressive. With all that commitment, the 488 GTB came to life.

The 488 GTB kept the same body as the 458, with a few changes. It has the same large calender as the 308, it kept also the same Berlinetta spirit. In the front, the 488 has an F1 like extended nose, with two vertical blades, a bit of the Ferrari F150. It has larger air vents in the front bumper, a pseudo-spoiler. Air is channeled through two large flanks, which do remind us of the F12 Berlinetta, or THE 458 Speciale. In the rear, it has a big air extractor, going through all the width of the car. Also, to remind us more of the 458 speciale, the double exhaust system keeps the same shape. The result of all the aerodynamic development is staggering. The car has now 50 percent more downforce, and a reduced drag coefficient.

The main update, is the introduction of turbos to the 458, it is still a mid-engined car, displaced at 90°, the engine is turbocharged, a direct injection engine, and has been downsized from 4.5L to 3.9, yet, it produces a 100 bhp more than the bigger engine in the 458. Introduction of turbo was in fact, to gain power, but to lower CO2 emissions. If you want figures, the engine produces 670 bhp @ 8000 RPM, and 760 Nm tarting 3000 RPM. 0 to 100 kph is achieved in 3,0 seconds, 8,3 to 200 kph (0,8 seconds better than the 458 speciale), and a lap around Fiorano in just 1 min 23 sec, 2 seconds faster than the 458 Italia, and wait for it, the Enzo. Top speed is said to be around 335 kph, if not more.

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The 488 GTB will be in a ferocious jungle, with all the Hurcan, the 650S, the Chevrolet Z06, the AMG’s of the car world. But it has a sense of its own. It is more muscular than any 458, it goes crazy sideways, and with the Side Slip Angle Control on, it can go crazier. Not only that, it has active dampers, an F1-trak traction control system. Power is sent to the rear wheels via the latest version of Ferrari’s twin-clutch gearbox. This particular gearbox uses VTM (Variable Torque Mangement) to smoothly unleash the car’s torque across the rev range.

Public appearance is scheduled to be in March, in the Geneva Auto Show, as tradition had it with Ferrari, to present a new model in that particular auto show. There is no price tag, yet, but it is expected to be above the 220,000€ of the Italia.

(watch Ferrari’s teaser here)