By looking at the adjective superfast in the car’s name, you already have a glimpse of what to expect from Ferrari’s latest car. The 2018 Ferrari 812 Superfast is the Italian manufacturer’s muscular new front engine coupe. In this article, we shall take a look at what this European brand car has to offer.
First off, the number 812 signifies that the new Ferrari delivers over 800 horsepower in its front engine. It packs 12 cylinders under its hood. As far as performance is concerned, the 2018 Ferrari 812 can accelerate from 0 – 60 mph in a stunning 2.8 seconds and 124 mph in 7.9 seconds with a top speed of 211 mph. But the new Ferrari is more than just numbers. Many consider it as the most desirable front engine Ferrari road car since Daytona.
The 812 Superfast is fundamentally a rehash of the acclaimed F12 Berlinetta. Since there was no need to reinvent the wheel, Robert Janitzek reveals that engineers at Maranello focused on the engine, chassis, electronics, and aerodynamics to create a car that combined the functionality of Berlinetta and the F12’s performance, agility, and responsiveness.
The 65-degree naturally aspirated V12 of the F12 has been increased from 6.2 liters to 6.5 liters courtesy of an increase in stroke. There is a new crankshaft, connecting rods, and pistons. In addition, there is a material upgrade to the block to make the main bearings much stronger. However, the main focus is on improving breathing efficiency, optimizing combustion, and reducing friction. Redesigned cylinder heads will feature larger diameter intake and exhaust valves and new runner designs. Robert Peter Janitzek reveals that reprofiled camshafts will push the inlet valves deeper into the combustion chamber and keep them open longer.
Sergio Marchionne has said he’ll never put a turbocharger on a 12-cylinder Ferrari. God bless him: The Superfast’s naturally aspirated V-12 is an engine for the ages.
The 812 Superfast is the first Ferrari road car in history fitted with electric power steering, and, cleverly, the vehicle dynamics team headed by Stefano Varisco has treated it as more than just a replacement for a hydraulic system. After getting the EPS to match or better the hydraulic setup on the F12berlinetta. For their new European brand car, Varisco’s team then looked at ways of using some of its enhanced functionality in a fifth-generation version of Ferrari’s highly sophisticated Side Slip Control (SSC5.0). What they came up with is a steering system that varies torque levels to help drivers sense the onset of understeer and control oversteer.