The F12tdf (tour de France) is a track-focused version of the F12berlinetta unveiled in October 2015. The name pays homage to the Tour de France automobile race held between 1899 and 1986 and which was regularly won by the Ferrari 250 between 1956 and 1964. The F12tdf shares the same 6.3 litre V12 engine with the F12 Berlinetta, but with power output increased to 780 PS (574 kW; 769 bhp) @ 8500 rpm and 705 N⋅m (520 lb⋅ft) @ 6750 rpm of torque. The F12tdf is 110 kg (243 lb) lighter than the F12, having a total dry weight of 1,415 kg (3,120 lb). The F12tdf can accelerate from 0 to 62 mph (100 km/h) in 2.9 seconds and 0 to 124 mph (200 km/h) in 7.9 seconds (or even 7.1 seconds, according to a few UK sources). The top speed was claimed to be 'in excess of 211 mph (340 km/h)'. The car has recorded a 1 minute 21 seconds lap time on Ferrari's Fiorano test circuit , 2 seconds faster than the standard F12berlinetta and 488 GTB, and just 1.3 seconds behind the fastest lap set by the LaFerrari. F12tdf was designed by Ferrari Styling Centre. Production of the F12tdf was limited to 799 units.
Ferrari F12tdf has a power to weight ratio of 1.95 kg (4.30 lb) per horsepower.
Why did the Ferrari F12tdf double in value in 8 months?
When Ferrari first unveiled the much anticipated F12tdf in October 2015, the base price was believed to be in the region of $450,000. Just 8 months later, the first F12tdf became available for private sale in the US and fetched a staggering $1,550,000. Even factoring in the cost of the optional extras, this represents a 200% price increase in less than a year. So what can explain this incredible explosion in value?
"all 799 vehicles were reserved before they had even left the factory"
One of the big reasons for the enormous price tag is scarcity. Only 799 of these exquisite, handcrafted vehicles glided out of Ferrari’s production facility in Maranello, Italy. In order to buy one, you needed to have very good connections with Ferrari’s top brass, because they were sold by invitation only. Nevertheless, all 799 vehicles were reserved before they had even left the factory, leaving many wealthy collectors and Ferrari enthusiasts disapointed.
Breathtaking driving experience
The Ferrari F12tdf is designed to be an invigorating challenge for even the most experienced professional drivers. Compared to the Ferrari F12 Berlinetta on which it is based, the carbon body of the F12tdf has shed a whopping 110kg of weight, and the 6.3 litre, V12 engine delivers a jaw-dropping 780bhp to the rear wheels. This all adds up to produce acceleration from 0-100km in just 2.9 seconds. For a street-legal vehicle that you could theoretically drive down the road to do your weekly shop, this is outrageous power!
Top Gear’s Chris Harris: “not so much a car, as a Class A substance
But what really sets the F12tdf apart is that it is breathtakingly exhilarating to drive: the performance is precise, spiky and aggressive, which has proved to be a heart-pounding driving experience for seasoned professional drivers and motoring journalists alike. It is easy to see why Chris Harris of Top Gear describes the F12tdf as “not so much a car, as a Class A substance”.
One very careful owner
While on paper, the Ferrari F12tdf is every car enthusiast’s wet dream, in order for the vehicle to be such an incredibly valuable asset, it needs to be meticulously stored and maintained rather than thrashed around the race track. This is reflected by the fact that the “used” F12tdf which was sold in the US for more than $1.5m had a mere 160km on the clock.