The Ferrari 812 Competizione is powered by an evolution of the famous 6.5-liter V12. The power of the naturally aspirated engine is increased to 830 hp at no less than 9,500 rpm, while maximum torque drops to 695 Nm, still more than sufficient. The engine, which has been reconsidered almost from A to Z, is mated to the familiar seven-speed dual-clutch transmission, which shifts gears 5% faster than the Superfast.
The Ferrari 812 Superfast already has a particularly aerodynamic body, but with the Competizone the Italian horse breeder takes it one step further. New air intakes at the front, a completely redesigned hood, an inflated rear diffuser, a special exhaust configuration with square mufflers and a new spoiler section at the rear combine with vortex generators for give this Ferrari even more downward force. The Competizione takes full advantage of the aerodynamic gadgets developed by Ferrari for the SF90 Stradale, which allows the Superfast to generate up to 30% more downforce (+80 kg at 200 km / h).
Van 0 naar 200 km / u in 7.5 seconden en een topsnelheid van 340 km / u. Maar eigenlijk is dat bijzaak.
To optimize road holding, the Ferrari 812 Competizione benefits from an optimized suspension with a freewheeling rear axle. In addition, the Superfast hardcore is equipped with Generation 7.0 of Side Slip Control software. Thanks to the use of lightweight materials and the removal of comfort elements, the Ferrari 812 Competizione weighs 38 kg less than the Superfast on which it is based. The coupe’s rear window is replaced by a one-piece aluminum structure, while the rims are made entirely of carbon.
The performance of the Ferrari 812 Competizione? 0 to 100 km / h in 2.85 s, 0 to 200 km / h in 7.5 s and a top speed of 340 km / h. But in reality, these are secondary issues. This prancing horse doesn’t want to trot on a race track, he wants to gallop on a circuit. Like Fiorano, the legendary Ferrari test track which will celebrate its 50th anniversary in 2022.
The pressure on the start button, the engine that comes to life, the gearbox that engages first. Here we go, on the track where big names like Lauda, Scheckter and Villeneuve tamed their rearing horses. In the first few laps, things are a bit steep. Like Pinocchio dancing the tango, but soon with much more verve. Encouraged by the character of the V12 engine which wants to go up to 9,500 rpm in a blast and is only interrupted by the blazingly fast seven-speed dual-clutch transmission. But above all reassured by the behavior of the Ferrari 812 Competizione, which does exactly what we ask.
The direct nature of the steering, the immediate reaction of the car to every movement of the feet or hands, quickly make it clear that the grim reaper is not far away. And that the rope is very thin. Although that feeling fades with each turn. Of course, you can’t afford everything, but the tolerance level of the Ferrari 812 Competizione is higher than expected. It’s time to take the manettino from Sport to Race. Looks like there is more and more life in the car. But what remains is crisp steering and precision. Everything is very intuitive and, to be honest, the electronics help us in subtle ways.
The tolerance level of the Ferrari 812 Competizione is higher than one would expect.
First, there’s what Ferrari calls the Virtual Short Wheelbase, a driver assistance system with independent steering wheels at the rear, which provides extra liveliness or stability as you turn. The new version, already 7.0, of the Side Slip Control also brings its electronic contribution. It controls the electronic differential, traction control, adaptive suspension and brake pressure and, even in CT-off mode, it makes sure you don’t unintentionally become the YouTube jerk of the month.
Everything is done so that you can take full advantage of the extraordinary potential of the Ferrari 812 Competizione. Even in the pouring rain. For a while, as we tried to warm up with espressos after our two tryouts, we thought the party at Fiorano was already over. Until we were ordered to put the headphones back on for a third session. « Great for trying out wet mode, » we were told. This puts all systems on high alert, which means that their response is not only faster, but also much more concrete. When you drive in crisp lines and have the perfect settings for braking, steering and acceleration, the car gives you free reign. But the slightest imperfection is corrected. Usually in a subtle way, sometimes a little less. The same is true on dry roads. Either way, the Ferrari 812 Competizione is a car that rewards rather than punishes.
« You know, sending 830 hp to the rear wheels of a car with the engine in the front is not something you do lightly, » warns test driver Rafaele de Simoni before us. we started our track session with the Ferrari 812 Competizione. « The center of gravity and the weight distribution are too unfavorable for that. Without today’s electronics and technology, we wouldn’t be able to do this. But you’ll see we’ve done it now. » And for once, there is no escaping it. What a machine.
Does she make you want? Don’t worry, the Ferrari 812 Competizione is a car reserved for a few Ferrari fans who are invited to buy this special version. The target group this time were the customers of the F12 TdF, who did not hesitate to accept the offer. The production run, limited to 999 cars, was sold out in no time. Not bad for a car costing € 493,348. And the 599 copies of the open Aperta were also sold.