Before Flavio Manzoni delivered his latest presentation to the Autostyle Digital Edition + Design online workshop, the Chief Design Officer at Ferrari since 2021 gave viewers a unique description of the various departments within the multi-story, multi-million euro Design & Styling Centre at the company’s headquarters at Maranello, in Northern Italy. Located here on the various floors, under a number of related departments, is where the passion and vision constantly flows to create carefully sculptured art work.
Ferrari is a regular contributor to the Autostyle Car Design Competition and workshop presentations, now in its 18th year. As mentioned by its founder Roberto Artioli, President Berman S.pA., exclusive design insights have been delivered over the years from the 458 Spider, the F12, FXX, Portofino and the 488 Pista, to name a few. On this occasion, number six from the series of nine presentations, viewers were treated to detailed information on Ferrari’s latest masterpiece, the 812 Competizione.
Flavio described the new 812 Competizione at the ‘pinnacle of Ferrari design’ and went on to explain the inner workings on the plan to develop this stunning new high performance, limited series sports car.
The word ‘sculpture’ came up numerous times by Matteo Biancalana, Ferrari Head of Aerodynamics, (since 2014), when introduced by Flavio. Excellence in sculpture is an Italian forte, historically and today, especially when it comes to car design. And as Matteo put it, their daily work is a combination of design and sculpture, getting the proportions right and with a purpose.
Although based on the 812 Superfast model, the 812 Competizione has a personality all of its own in terms of its proportions. One of its many striking features is its bonnet, which features a carbon-fibre blade, forming an original way of disguising the air vents from the engine bay, rather than the louvres seen on some previous Ferrari sports cars.
The car’s nose shows off all of its imposing power with a very wide front grille flanked by the two distinctive and prominent side brake intakes.
Another noticeable aspect of the 812 Competiziones is the replacement of the rear screen by an all-aluminium surface. The fin type lips on the upper surface boost the car’s aerodynamic efficiency and simultaneously establishes a backbone effect, continuing the special edition aspect of the car.
The brand’s traditional and trademark round taillight clusters blend in well and give the car a more aggressive and suggestive look. They fit seamlessly into a slot just below the spoiler and contribute to creating the horizontal feel to the rear, according to Matteo. The rear bumper incorporates two imposing air vents.
Matteo took time to describe the frontal area of the cars’ design. Two (large) carbon-fibre side air intakes for the brakes flank the main grille, which feeds cooling air to the engine and cockpit. These intakes are square in section and are split between brake cooling and a double air duct, thereby improving the front downforce generated by the outside edge of the bumpers.
The aforementioned blade on the bonnet and vents on the front wing meant that the actual the size of the vents in the front underbody designed to dispense hot air coming off the radiators, could be reduced.
The modifications made to the braking system also enabled the engineers to redesign the front underbody to extend it into the wheel-arch well.
Like on the 812 Superfast, the front diffuser is equipped with a passive mobile aero system which opens over 250 km/h.
The silencers and tailpipes have been completely re-engineered: from a classic set up of two circular tailpipes each side of the bumper there is now a single exhaust pipe with an unprecedented vertical rectangular form.
The 812 Competizione also debuts many innovative components and contents, these include the first use of independent four-wheel steering, the evolution of the Side Slip Control (SSC) system to version 7.0, and the development of the dedicated new Michelin Cup2R tyres.
Particular attention was also paid to making the car as light as possible, which resulted in 38 kg being slashed off its overall weight compared to the 812 Superfast. The areas primarily involved were the powertrain, running gear and bodyshell. Carbon-fibre was used extensively on the exterior, especially on the front bumpers, rear bumpers, rear spoiler and air intakes. 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 sound-proofing.
812 Competizione – TECHNICAL SPECIFICATIONS
|Type||V12 – 65°|
|Overall displacement||6496 cc|
|Bore and stroke||94 mm x 78 mm|
|Max. power output||610 kW (830 hp) at 9,250 rpm|
|Max. torque||692 Nm at 7,000 rpm|
|Max. engine speed||9,500 rpm|
DIMENSIONS AND WEIGHTS
|Front track||1,672 mm|
|Rear track||1,645 mm|
|Dry weight***||1,487 kg|
|Dry weight/power||1.79 kg/cv|
|Weight distribution||49% front – 51% rear|
|Fuel tank capacity||92 l|
WHEELS & TYRES
Front 275/35 ZR20; 10” J x 20”
Rear 315/35 ZR20; 11.5” J x 20”
Front 398 mm x 223 x 38 mm
Rear 360 mm x 233 x 32 mm
TRANSMISSION AND GEARBOX
7-speed F1 DCT
PCV 3.0 (Passo Corto Virtuale – Virtual Short Wheelbase) with 4-wheel independent steering; ESC; high-performance ABS/EBD; F1-Trac; E-Diff3; dual-coil SCM-E; SSC (Side Slip Control) 7.0
Max. speed > 340 km/h
0-100 km/h 2.85 sec
0-200 km/h 7.5 sec
Fiorano lap time 1’ 20”
FUEL CONSUMPTION AND CO2 EMISSIONS