We already knew the 812 Competizione was coming. But Ferrari also showed us the Ferrari 812 Competizione A!
The 812 Competizione A, a spectacular limited-series with Targa top, is an homage to the Prancing Horse’s glorious open-top tradition. The car encapsulates and epitomises the company’s 70-plus years of experience on the world’s circuits, drawing on its thoroughbred sports car DNA to deliver a perfect marriage of performance, form and functionality. Aimed at Ferrari’s most passionate collectors and connoisseurs, it features numerous uncompromising engineering solutions to guarantee peerless driving pleasure.
To maintain the traditional, incredibly high standard of engine sound whilst simultaneously introducing a GPF (Gasoline Particulate Filter), a new exhaust tailpipe was added. This design solution reinstates medium-high frequency sound. In order to deliver excellent acoustics, performance and aesthetics, the exhaust tailpipes are visible to underscore their function and the car’s track-inspired character. The addition of a second pair of resonators enhances the engine’s more noble combustion order harmonics, creating the perfect melding of the sound from the exhaust and from the intake system. The car’s most striking feature is the latest evolution of Maranello’s legendary 65° V12 engine, which reaches the highest output of any Ferrari road-car engine – 830 cv – and revs to 9,500 rpm, again the highest of any Ferrari ICE. The use of high-tech materials, the redesign of many of the engine’s key components, a new valve timing mechanism and a new exhaust system are just some of the technical solutions that allow the most noble of Ferrari engines to deliver unprecedented performance levels.
The brutal power unleashed by the powertrain is paired with new vehicle dynamics controls to ensure that the performance can be fully exploited and to guarantee maximum fun behind the wheel. Most distinctive of these solutions is the adoption of independent steering on all four wheels. This enhances the feeling of agility and precision when cornering as well as providing unparalleled responsiveness. Another noteworthy achievement is the development work undertaken to reduce the car’s overall weight, particularly the extensive use of carbon fibre. Lastly, the new model premieres version 7.0 of the renowned Side Slip Control vehicle dynamics system.
Particular attention was paid to making the car as light as possible. Carbon-fibre was used extensively on the exterior. The powertrain contributions to weight reduction came from the use of titanium con-rods coupled with a lighter crankshaft and a 12V lithium-ion battery. Great attention was also paid to the design of the cockpit with the extensive use of carbon-fibre trim, lightweight technical fabrics and a reduction in soundproofing.