I recently read that the world’s first trillionaire is quite close to becoming a real thing. Just so you’re aware, a trillion dollars is a $, then a one, followed by 12 zeroes. It’s so much money you could fund Red Bull’s entire annual Formula 1 effort nearly three times over. For a thousand years.
The rich are getting richer, as they say, and some of the results include truly spectacular supercars. Case in point, the $4.5 million Ferrari F12 TRS. This car is a specialized custom build on the venerable F12berlinetta platform, and it looks downright diabolical.
One is spotted here at the 2015 International Festival Automobile in Paris, and only two are known to exist. This particular example delighted the crowd with a startup of its astonishing V-12 engine and a few blips of the throttle. Even at idle, this thing sounds beastly. It revs hard and fast, exhibiting every ounce of racing pedigree instilled by the craftsmen in Maranello.
After some brief adoration of the noise from those quad exhaust tips, this video gives us an extensive walk around, getting up close and personal with the reworked body panels. Befittingly, the soundtrack is Tchaikovsky’s “Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy,” which is appropriate because, when you get down to it, this machine is a fantasy. It’s incredibly rare, gorgeous to look at, fast as stink, and outrageously expensive. Hit play and feast your eyes.
Click past the jump to read more about the Ferrari F12 TRS.
In the world of the ultra-rich, vehicles like the Ferrari F12berlinetta are rather commonplace (or so I’m told). That’s why exclusivity is far more important than overt cost – if anyone can buy it, what’s the point?
Enter Ferrari’s Special Projects division, which focuses on creating unique versions of some of Ferrari’s best machines. The F12 TRS is one such vehicle, featuring a completely reworked body that somehow manages to build upon the F12berlinetta in terms of striking exterior features.
The front end features a new front splitter and a large, clear panel in the hood to allow easy viewing of that howling V-12 engine. Gone is the roof, replaced by unlimited headroom and large humps above and behind both seats. Aerodynamically, Special Projects also added deep side skirts and a new rear diffuser. The shape was made to be an interpretation of the iconic 250 Testa Rossa.
Under that clear hood panel is an unaltered F12 engine pushed up towards the cabin, with 6.3 liters of displacement, 12 cylinders, 730 horsepower, and 508 pound-feet of torque. When routed to the rear wheels through a Formula 1-style, dual-clutch, seven-speed gearbox, this car can rip its way to 60 mph in three seconds flat and hit a top speed of 211 mph. The TRS can turn equally as well, with SCM-E magnetorheological dampers that allow quick electronic adjustments for road and driving conditions. Four-wheel carbon-ceramic brakes with 15.7-inch rotors in the front and 14.2-inch rotors in the rear help round out the handling package. This is complemented by a low curb weight from the aluminum-alloy used in the construction of the body and chassis.
A plain-Jane F12berlinetta will run you about $318,888, which is a pittance next to the $4.5 million TRS. But again, this is about exclusivity. If you can afford it, you might as well go whole hog, right?