The Special Projects division of Ferrari is an exclusive arm of the company that is capable of creating unique, one-off cars for prospective buyers who find the traditional models of the Prancing Horse to be a bit too plebeian. The SP team has created cars such as James Glickenhaus’s P4/5 Competizione . This exclusive customization division has been very busy lately. We are still trying to chase details on models like the SP FFX and the SP America , yet here Ferrari is with another new beauty, the F12 TRS. As you can maybe guess by the name, this latest unique machine is based on the new F12berlinetta .
This one-off exclusive was just unveiled last weekend in Sicily during the Ferrari Cavalcade. The F12 TRS was one of 90 cars that were included in this year’s event.
Updated 06/22/2014: The one-off Ferrari F12 TRS made its debut during the third edition of the Ferrari Cavalcade, which took place the weekend of June 22nd on Sicilian soil. The model was inspired by the 1957 250 Testa Rossa and was developed by Flavio Manzoni and the Ferrari Style Centre team.
Updated 06/30/2014: Ferrari unveiled a new set of images showing the new F12 TRS in action at the Goodwood Festival Of Speed. Enjoy!
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Updated 06/19/2014: With just a few hours before the car’s official debut at Ferrari Cavalcade in Sicily this weekend, the F12 TRS was caught in flesh one more time. Check out the new images to see what this $4.2 million supercar looks like (Autogespot and Marchettino)
It may have the same basic shape as the F12, with its long hood and short rear haunches, but this beauty is about as far from the standard Berlinetta as possible in terms of overall design aesthetic. The nose features an all-new clip that has a very deep front splitter, and gets rid of the awful chrome teeth of the base car. Some of the more functional items like the deep hood cuts that feed the open buttresses for downforce remain. The hood features a large window to allow the world to view the massive, V-12 engine. Ferrari claims it is a small homage to its mid-engine supercars, but it looks a lot like the Corvette ZR1 to me.
The big news about the look of this beast is the fact that it has no roof. The sharp cutback from the windshield reveals nothing but open air and some very large rear-seat humps, not unlike those of the Porsche 911 Speedsters.
That deep front lip is not the only aggressive piece of aero work, either. Huge side skirts and menacing rear diffuser setup hint at the kinds of speeds this car should be capable of achieving. Those large rear humps also help form the pedestal base of a quite large rear spoiler.
The entire overall design was created to be a more modern interpretation of the shape and look of the legendary 250 Testa Rossa.
We knew very little about this car’s drivetrain when we first spotted it a few weeks ago, but all that has been cleared up by Ferrari . Sadly, there have been no major changes to the F12’s powerplant. Having a 6.3-liter V12 with 730 horsepower is awesome, but I was hoping for a power bump considering the extreme looking nature of the body work.
Considering this is the same general engine is used in the Ferrari LaFerrari and FF, I was hoping to see this car may make use of a modified version of the KERS electrical hybridization system. The hybrid system is not on the table, but it would also been cool if the new owner would have opted for a version of the V-12 with the front-mounted, part-time AWD system like that used in the FF.
Regardless, we are still looking at a 0-to-100-km/h (62 mph )time of 3.1 seconds, a 0-to-200-km/h (124 mph) of 8.1 seconds, and top speed of well over 200 mph. This car may not have more power than the F12berlinetta, but certainly doesn’t mean it’s slow.
When talking about a one-off supercar like the F12 TRS, nailing some competition gets to be a bit difficult. With such an obscene price and level of performance, we are looking at cars like the Buggati Veyron Grand Sport Vitesse as a bargain. The Bugatti is cheaper, and faster, but it doesn’t hold the same level of exclusivity as a custom Prancing horse does.
That said, the Vitesse’s 1,200 horsepower could make up for a lot of discrepancies. Both have infinite headroom, both are very expensive, but only one of them wears a Ferrari badge, and something tells me that counts for a lot in this situation.
The latest super-uber-ultra-hyper-car to come from the crazy minds at Stuttgart is the Porsche 918. This hybrid machine is a direct competitor to the LaFerrari, but it also features a removable roof design like the F12 TRS does. With a price well under $1 million you could buy a small fleet of these Porsche’s for the cost of this new TRS. With 887 horsepower coming from its combination of 4.6-liter V-8 and electric motors, the 918 is also more powerful than the one-off Fezza. Cheaper and more powerful makes the Porsche a solid choice.
Despite the horsepower advantage though, the Ferrari will claim the title in outright speed. Even without modification the base F12berlinetta will outrun the 918 by more than 10 mph. The Porsche is already wading into this fight on the back foot, and it stands no chance against the pure power and speed that Ferrari V-12.
Gallery Porsche 918 Spyder
When we first caught wind of this machine, there was hope that it would be a much more powerful or faster version of the F12, but instead it is just simply a rebodied machine. The design is still interesting, and I love that someone took the time to have this created. Cars are special, and Ferraris are even more special, but I love that Ferrari will let people create incredibly unique and amazing machines that are unlike everything else on the road.
- Being based on the F12berlinetta can’t be a bad thing.
- Nice to see a topless Italian running around.
- Loads of power regardless of SP doing nothing with the engine.
- You, your neighbor and your neighbor’s neighbor cannot buy one.
- Rumored to have cost a small fortune.
Gallery Ferrari F12 TRS
One of the 90 cars taking part in the third edition of the Ferrari Cavalcade was the F12 TRS, a one-off custom design making its public debut on Sicilian soil.
Based on the F12berlinetta, the car was developed at a client’s request as an extreme, two-seater, open-top sports barchetta. One of the initial inspirations for the project was the 1957 250 Testa Rossa. In fact, the F12 TRS is Flavio Manzoni and the Ferrari Style Centre team’s modern, innovative take on that legendary car’s spirit and pays homage to it in its moniker.
Like all one-off Ferraris, the F12 TRS is the product of Ferrari’s now-classic approach of creating a truly integrated design. It thus has the same exceptional performance figures as the F12berlinetta including 0-100 km/h acceleration in 3.1 s and 0-200 km/h acceleration in 8.1 s, thanks to the massive 740 cv and maximum torque of 690 Nm at 9,000 rpm unleashed by its 6262 cm3 V12 engine.
From the leading edge of the typically sharp Ferrari nose, aggressively sculpted forms flow back over the bonnet, while a low, wraparound windscreen forms a long dark band of glass in contrast to the car’s body. The V12 engine’s signature red cylinder heads are visible through a window in the engine lid, a concept inspired as much by the front-engined Ferrari sports cars of the 1950s as our more recent mid-engined berlinettas. The aerobridge, introduced on the F12berlinetta, has been given a new treatment in this car, resulting in a sculptural design that runs back from the flanks along the entire length of the car.
The design of the rear marks an evolution of the T-shaped graphic that characterises the F12’s truncated tail and is influenced to some extent by the cabin shape with long fuselage fairings running behind the headrests into the rear spoiler. A smooth ramp runs from the central tunnel too, linking interior and exterior and creating a longitudinal aerodynamic channel to deliver an innovative Venturi effect completed by a vent under the spoiler.
The cockpit is light and pared-back to the barest driving essentials, creating a sense of powerful, uncompromising sportiness with no concessions to superfluous comfort. Even some of the controls for the likes of the air conditioning, for instance, have been cut back, while the glove compartment, central air vents, mats, audio system, window controls and odds-and-ends holders have all been removed. Most of the materials used aboard, such as black matt carbon-fibre, leather and Alcantara, are technical, while the same multi-layer red paint developed specifically for the exterior adorns the central tunnel and the door panels.
Although inspired by the traditional Rosso Corsa, the new bodywork colour was developed using multi-layer and micalised paint technologies.