The release of the new F12 Berlinetta at the home of the Prancing Horse in Maranello was recently accompanied by Ferrari’s F1 drivers, and an entire flock of journalists of course.
To showcase the newest Ferrari, the choice of driver seems an inimitable one. Luckily in the stable of this Italian marque are the Formula One drivers Fernando Alonso and Felipe Massa. There is possibly nobody better qualified to exhibit these wonderful new specimens.
Apart from excitment over the famous drivers, a lot of anticipation was focussed on the cars themselves. The obvious reasons for joy aside, the F12 Berlinetta is the most powerful road car that Ferrari has ever produced. Furthermore, it has been little seen since its debut at the Geneva Motor Show in March this year. The best 150 of the world’s motoring media gathered at the Ferarri headquarters to eagery await the car in the flesh recently.
What was witnessed was apure spectacle that only the Italians could pull off. The star drivers of Scuderia Ferrari, Fernando Alonso and Felipe Massa, were on and to display the magnificent car being put through its beautiful paces. Verifying its performance, they appear on this film using all of the track.
Alonso leads the way, only to be overtaken by Massa round the bend. Duelling, dodging and dicing, we see the two drivers pushing the 6.3 litre V12 engines and having all four exhausts racing. The precision of the car and driver is a treat to watch. It is pure joy to see F1 technology linked to the road in such style.
The incredible 740 horsepower was certainly enjoyed by the two. Regardless of what they are used to in their average day at the office, smiles of sheer glee escape when they power these two cars through the straights and curves. It is hardly surprising: the front-engined car accelerates to 62 mph from zero in just 3.1 seconds and has a top speed of 212 mph. The Fiorano lap record set by this car is simply 1:23.
If you want to know who wins, you will need to watch the video.
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