It always happens, Ferrari starts making a wonderful sports car, like the 458 Italia, and later someone in Maranello gives it another look and thinks, “We can do more.” Because of this crazy man’s logic, the 458 Speciale was designed, and almost every Ferrari sports car that followed it ended up with a lightweight, stripped-down, even more performance-oriented version.
This is however not an easy task to do, especially since all of these Ferraris were fitted with naturally aspirated engines, which are a dying breed these days – just look at what Ferrari has to create now , a V6-powered hybrid, the 296 GTB. Despite this, Ferrari didn’t quite abandon its naturally aspirated V12 engine and created its most powerful V12 to date, based on that of the 812 Superfast. The car that received this trophy powertrain was none other than the 812 Competizione, a hotter, lighter, faster and more brutal 812 Superfast.
ten Naturally aspirated goodness
At first glance, the naturally aspirated 6.5-litre V12 in the 812 Competizione looks like the same engine found in the normal Superfast, but underneath the Ferrari team has tweaked some kind of black magic. Because what was once an 800hp V12 – as if that wasn’t already enough power – has been transformed into one that now produces 830hp to the rear wheels alone.
Zero to 100 km/h occurs in just 2.8 seconds, and since its redline sits comfortably at 9,500 rpm, it screeches even wilder than a Lexus LFA until it hits its top speed of 211. kph.
9 It cuts corners like a hot knife cuts butter
With that much power you need sticky tires and a revolutionary traction control system, luckily Ferrari thought of that, and that’s exactly what they did. The Competizione receives 275/35ZR20 Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 R tires front and astronomically wide 315/35ZR20 rear.
But that’s not all, a few years ago Ferrari developed a unique traction control system called “Side Slip Control”. Instead of just turning your traction control on or off, Ferrari lets drivers choose how much they want to allow the car to slide in increments – genius.
8 Lack of rear windshield
You may not have noticed it but the 812 Competizione has a sheet of aluminum covering its designated rear window space but if you look closely you will see there is a small fin shaped device mounted on it – it’s your rear window.
Seriously, it is. This little fin is a camera that displays a constant video image above your rear view mirror. We think it’s a brilliant way to combine form and function with technology.
seven His Aero ain’t just for show
Remember that aluminum rear window we just talked about? Well, it acts like a vortex generator that increases downforce, much like the bits removed from its rear bumper that form rear louvers. Other noteworthy aero components are its aero brakes borrowed from its hybrid sibling, the SF90, an integrated rear spoiler, a massive diffuser and a knobby front splitter.
Combine all of this with the other aerodynamic cues found on the standard 812 Superfast, and you’ve got a Ferrari that produces 40 per cent more downforce than its so-called normal counterpart.
6 Independent rear wheel steering
We’ve seen rear wheels on cars before, that’s no surprise, but as we know all too well Ferrari doesn’t like to do things the conventional way, so their rear wheel system works a little differently than other brands. like GMC with the new Hummer EV.
It does what you’d expect, turning the rear wheels the opposite way to the front wheels at low speeds, and the same way at high speeds, but when it comes to trail use they’re much more intelligent. The rear wheels now vary in which angle they turn and in which direction as well to ensure optimum cornering traction and therefore better lap times even for inexperienced drivers.
5 Ultra-fast transmission
Unfortunately, there’s no manual transmission available in the 812 Competizione, but then again, why would you need one if its automatic is so quick.
Each of these ‘Raris is fitted with Maranello’s finest seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission that’s as smooth as it is quick, and because its powertrain revs around 500 rpm higher than the standard V12 Superfast, the Competizione is feels even more seductive.
You may have noticed that the Competizione lacks a set of quad exhaust tips found in most newer V12-powered sports cars, or indeed, the dual-outlet ones that l found on their high-performance V8 engines. ; this bonkers Italian machine has rectangular tailpipes.
This was specifically designed by Ferrari to adhere to the rules of modern emission standards to allow a particle of gasoline to be part of the exhaust system without dulling its harmonious cry – listen!
3 Last hurray for the Ferrari N/A V12 sports car
We all knew the dreaded day was coming, and here it is. Although this is yet to be confirmed by Ferrari, at first glance the 812 Competizione will unfortunately be the last new naturally aspirated Ferrari we will ever see.
The engine shown above comes from the SF90, a turbocharged V8 assisted by three electric motors. The era of the naturally aspirated V8-powered Ferrari ended with the 458 Speciale, and now the N/A V12 must also face its inevitable demise. Of course, this statement will only relate to Ferrari sports cars since their yet to be unveiled SUV, the Purosangue would also have received the N/A V12 treatment.
2 It continues the legacy of the F12 TDF
In modern times there have only been around 3 limited edition high-performance front-engined V12 Ferraris, the 599 GTO, F12 TDF and now the 812 Competizione – each more ridiculous than before. The latest iteration of it perfectly encapsulates what its ancestors stood for, especially the F12 TDF.
Not only do they look similar in design, they’re both equally notorious to drive, and if the 812 Competizione were to follow the same path as its predecessor, the F12 TDF, then its legacy will be remembered for fans as well. decades to come.
1 You can also go topless
Ferrari convertibles, especially ones as powerful as this one, are highly sought after by collectors, and they fetch absurd prices at auction, take a look at this LaFerrari Aperta for example. Oh yes, the name Aperta – it’s Italian for “open” and is only used when referring to Ferrari’s most prestigious roadsters, otherwise they would have been called Spiders, like the somewhat affordable 360 Spider.
The hardtop version of the 812 Competizione starts at just over $600,000, but if you want to enhance your driving experience by letting the wind blow over you while your ears are blessed with a glorious V12 song, then you need to. be prepared for an additional $100,000. We can’t believe we’re going to say this, but if you’ve got the cash and you find one to sell, buy it. There will never be another Ferrari like this, and as only 999 coupes and 599 roadsters will be built, you’ll probably never see them in the flesh.