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f9563facceon 628.jpg Ferrari F12 Berlinetta auction raises $1.5M for Hurricane Sandy relief

American Red Cross and be earmarked for Hurricane Sandy relief. Ferrari started bidding on the F12 at $315,888, but the most powerful production model from the company fetched $1.125 million by the time the gavel fell through bids sourced both in person and over the phone. The company also managed to raise a further $345,000 in in-kind donations before the auction began, and donors gave an additional $50,000 during the event itself.

Ferrari debuted the F12 Berlinetta at the Comments

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249e3a18d1f12628.jpg Ferrari auctioning first F12 Berlinetta in North America for Sandy relief

Stop lurking around your local American Red Cross (the money will be earmarked specifically to support the relief efforts).

The special Ferrari will be painted in Rosso Berlinetta with choice of black or cuoio (read: camel) upholstery. Special options will be available (e.g., the buyer may ask for its hood to be signed by F1 drivers) and the coupe will be delivered with an official letter recognizing its status as the first in North America. As an added benefit, the new owner may attend the Ferrari Corso Pilota driving course at a location of their choice (Fiorano, Italy or Mont-Tremblant, Canada).

Those looking to get in on the action should contact their local Ferrari dealership to bid in person, absentee or over the telephone. For those who can’t swing the $300,000-plus price tag, Ferrari has also set up a special Ferrari-American Red Cross contribution page.

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First Drives

Is 700 Horsepower Enough For You People Yet?

e771a05b6ftta fd.jpg 2013 Ferrari F12 Berlinetta w/video

A stock 599 GTB Fiorano predecessor.

But the F12’s freakish speed factor is not the whole story here. Not even the half of it.

The two-seat F12 Berlinetta is gorgeousness on four Michelins (or Bridgestones or winter Pirellis if you like). Pininfarina and Ferrari’s ever more responsible on-campus centro stile have combined for one hell of an all-aluminum form that follows impressive aerodynamic functions. One senior company expert tells us, “You could say the front two thirds of the car are predominantly Pininfarina, while the centro stile here can take most credit for the rear end.”

Maybe it depends on the color it’s wearing, but this very design hit us as a little overwrought when it debuted at last March’s Comments

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First Drives

Is 700 Horsepower Enough For You People Yet?

e771a05b6ftta fd.jpg 2013 Ferrari F12berlinetta w/video

A stock 599 GTB Fiorano predecessor.

But the F12’s freakish speed factor is not the whole story here. Not even the half of it.

The two-seat F12berlinetta is gorgeousness on four Michelins (or Bridgestones or winter Pirellis if you like). Pininfarina and Ferrari’s ever more responsible on-campus centro stile have combined for one hell of an all-aluminum form that follows impressive aerodynamic functions. One senior company expert tells us, “You could say the front two thirds of the car are predominantly Pininfarina, while the centro stile here can take most credit for the rear end.”

Maybe it depends on the color it’s wearing, but this very design hit us as a little overwrought when it debuted at last March’s Comments

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ee04bdaa35ft web.jpg Ferrari F12 Berlinetta wags its tail all over Fiorano

Forgoing the usual succession of variants and upgrades, the launch of an all-new F12 Berlinetta several months ago in Geneva, we’ve heard and seen little of the 740-horsepower monster. Which could be why we took notice when we came across this new video clip of the F12 lapping the Fiorano test track for which its predecessor was named.

Of course, we could simply be excited because the F12’s high-revving 6.2-liter 12-banger emits one of the most delicious exhaust notes known to man. Or because whatever lucky hot-shoe was anointed with the pleasure of ringing out the Berlinetta’s neck got it nice and sideways a couple of times. After all, what’s the point of channeling over seven hundred horsepower to the rear wheels if you can’t break those fat strips of rubber loose? See what we mean in the Comments

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Filed under: Hybrid, Performance, Technology, Videos, Ferrari, Beijing Motor Show

700bb09090errari.jpg Ferrari previews Enzo successors V12 HY KERS powertrain w/video

Go back just a few years ago, and you’d easily conclude that Ferrari and hybrids would go together about as well as ice cream and pickles. But a lot’s changed since then, and Ferrari is making no secret of the fact that it’s developing hybrid powertrains of its own.

The first system it developed is the Kinetic Energy Recovery System, a type of regenerative braking device developed with its sister company, Magneti Marelli, for use in Formula One. That lead to a similar system installed in an experimental version of the 599 called the HY-KERS concept displayed at the 2010 Geneva Motor Show. More recently reports surfaced that Ferrari had patented a more conventional hybrid powertrain system, leading to speculation that the KERS type had been abandoned for road-car use – most poignantly in the upcoming successor to the Enzo. But while Ferrari apparently pursues development of that more conventional hybrid system, it appears that its next mid-engined V12 hypercar will adopt an evolution of the HY-KERS system displayed on that green 599 two years back.

A revised HY-KERS system has just been announced by Ferrari at the Beijing Motor Show, where the Prancing Horse also marked the Asian debut of its new F12 Berlinetta. Ferrari says the new system – installed on a V12 engine mounted amidship – is more effective than the one that preceded it, bringing emissions down to 40 percent of what a conventional engine with the same output would produce (compared to a 30 percent reduction from the previous incarnation), all while bringing engineers closer to their target of producing one kilowatt of energy for every kilogram of weight the system adds.

As for the F12, Ferrari has revealed that its latest supercar set a lap time at Fiorano of one minute, 23 seconds, making it the company’s quickest road car yet: a full second quicker than the 599 GTO it replaces, and about two seconds quicker than the Enzo, the 458 Italia and the 430 Scuderia. With that kind of progress, we can count on the new hybrid V12 hypercar to set an even quicker time still. Scroll down for the press release and video clip.

Continue reading Ferrari previews Enzo successor’s V12 HY-KERS powertrain w/video

Ferrari previews Enzo successor’s V12 HY-KERS powertrain w/video originally appeared on Latest Ferrari News on Mon, 23 Apr 2012 15:01:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Filed under: Convertible, Performance, Ferrari

6057c26f86r rend.jpg Ferrari F12 roadster gets fan rendered, factory releases new video

Since the ink on the Ferrari F12 Berlinetta press release has barely had time to dry yet, speculating on a convertible variant is entirely premature. But with 740 horsepower on tap, we can hardly fault artist E. Milano for doing so, even if he went over the top with the Tolkienesque backdrop.

The artist also appears to have beefed up the design a bit, topping it off with a deep red leather interior and roll hoops that we’d be inclined to specify on the options list ourselves if we had a small fortune to spend. Like the extant coupe version better? We’ve got you covered with a couple of fresh stock images in the gallery below and some new video after the jump.

Continue reading Ferrari F12 roadster gets fan-rendered, factory releases new video

Ferrari F12 roadster gets fan-rendered, factory releases new video originally appeared on Latest Ferrari News on Sat, 17 Mar 2012 11:33:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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