9500 rpm: Ferrari 812 Competizione

For those who feel the Ferrari 812 Superfast isn’t fast enough, Ferrari is back with a Competizione version with higher revs, more precise steering and a more sophisticated aero package. Or more precisely, a speed robot. The 830-horsepower limited-edition sports car has already sold out, but we still have the chance to do a few laps around the Fiorano circuit.

special edition! When they heard the news, the editors were very excited, and it felt like they had won the lottery, because… it was a bit too far. Some car companies will only cook cold rice for so-called special editions. Let’s think back to the Opel Swinger in 1975. There are a few beautiful stickers on it, with the slogan “Happy driving, happy saving money”, that’s all, the new frame is ready. Still, we arrived at the entrance to the Fiorano circuit, with the asphalt still in the early morning mist, the tires still drowsy, and the 812’s V12 ready to go.

“Happy driving, happy saving money”. The former is for us, the two are for Competizione owners. A total of 999 Coupé models were sold, while only 599 of the Targa were sold, and all models were sold out. The car became so hard currency that the manufacturer had to make the following rule: Each Competizione owner was only allowed to buy one. Even the most loyal Ferrari fan can only buy one if you can get one. If you suddenly don’t want this treasure car anymore, be prepared for a considerable termination fee, which may save you a fortune. Ferrari, however, shows absolutely no sign of skimping on the Competizione. A few stickers, a funky name, that’s all? If you think so, then you are wrong, it is like throwing the Schumacher memorabilia from the Montana restaurant into the trash can.

This is not the case, the Competizione Edition is a true top-of-the-line derivative of the 812 Superfast. Although the 800-horsepower V12 engine of the 812 Superfast has packed the low-slung engine bay, and despite its rare finesse and powerful feel from idle to over 8,500 rpm, Ferrari still doesn’t Satisfy. 830 horsepower, the red zone goes straight to 9500 rpm! This makes the 140HB engine the most powerful certified production engine in Maranello in one fell swoop. Not enough to explain the problem? OK To get the higher revs and the extra 30 horsepower that goes with it, they plucked the red air plenum right on top of the engine and redesigned it with a new one.

Newly designed internal components

Air now flows centrally through the front opening, which shortens the intake path and significantly reduces torque losses due to the variable intake. In order to reduce the resistance caused by the moving mass and increase the strength, a new piston is applied, and is equipped with a titanium alloy connecting rod, coated with DLC (which can be understood as diamond-like carbon, which is very close to the diamond structure of carbon) Piston pins and rocker arms, and a lighter crankshaft. Elsewhere we’ll talk about it later in the drive, because the weather is getting worse because of the dark clouds and we have to hurry. Michelin Cup 2R and road surface water are definitely not the best combination.

Come to the track, get into the super comfortable carbon fiber bucket seats, and fasten the four-point seat belt. More carbon has been applied to the door panels, center console and new driver-level controls, but otherwise remains largely unchanged. Ferrari has indeed done a better job. It is a product of conscience. It uses particulate filters and other controls to reduce harmful emissions without limiting the release of “dopamine”. Ionic current sensors and an optional multiple ignition strategy ensure maximum combustion efficiency and engine power, and the new exhaust incorporates a pair of additional resonator cavities in the intake tract to maximize volume. When the exhaust port is open, if you happen to be standing next to the exhaust pipe, then your trousers will vibrate with the sound; if you measure your heart rate at this time, it will definitely be in three digits. When you’re driving, it tries to keep a low profile, although you don’t necessarily know what you prefer: a combination of high-mid bass, nice melody, not harsh sound, or this superb front axle, in the use of 275 wide When the hot melt tire enters a corner, it will bite into the asphalt and will never let go.

It won’t release even when braking. Aero brake calipers are cooled to the greatest extent possible through internal channels, which are said to reduce the temperature of the brake fluid by up to 30°C. However, the brake pedal feels a bit awkward to press, possibly due to a bit of a stiff and lag under hard braking. However, the braking performance itself is excellent, and the pedal travel is very linear overall, only feeling a little numb in the final stages. However, this kind of numbness happened once today. At other times, this “Super 812” was very “obedient”. Ferrari has done its homework wherever it can: overall mass reduction of 38kg, plus grippy tires, recalibrated networked traction control, Ferrari electronic differential, electromagnetically damped shock absorbers, Four-wheel steering and others. It sounds overwhelming, but it’s really comfortable to drive!

Like this four-wheel-steering system: just swivel back and forth and feel like it could be used as a parking aid for a shopping cart? On the Competizione Ferrari allows individual control of the rear wheels. According to the driving situation and steering angle measurement, each rear wheel can independently have a maximum steering angle of 1.5°. This way the outer wheel can have a larger steering angle in order to place the tire on the correct turning radius. Or when you’re driving on a straight, use toe-in or camber depending on the situation to affect handling. In order to ensure a natural feel when driving, all this coordination is carried out by the central computer (SSC). Brake late, choose a tighter angle, throttle ready, ready. It’s that easy, although of course it also depends on the level of electronic assistance chosen. If the traction control is turned off, the response is very direct, with nearly 80 percent of the 700 Nm being transmitted to the 315-wide rear wheels at 2500 rpm. If you don’t want the vehicle to spin in place immediately, then I advise you to quickly hold the steering wheel.

At high speeds, more complex aerodynamics come into play. There are no claws and claws spoilers, instead, the shape of the bottom of the car, the air channel and the shape of the body shape are improved. Optimized air cooling channels, for example on the bonnet, improve aerodynamics under the car by eliminating openings. The rear diffuser occupies the entire width of the body, while it is further complemented by angular exhaust openings at the edge of the Competizione body. The hot exhaust from the vehicle isolates the airflow to the sides, increasing the effect of the diffuser. A removable flap under the chassis closes automatically at a speed of 250 km/h, which enables a top speed of 340 km/h. Helping is the rear-mounted spoiler of the aluminum body, which has also replaced the rear windscreen. On either side of the body, three angles manipulate the air so that it can flow through the body in an optimal way.

Cornering expert, manipulator

You won’t notice any of this when you’re driving an 812 that weighs less than 1.5 tons through alternating curves. Precise control? no problem! Recoil? Didn’t feel it either. Rolling around the edge of a mid-speed corner? receive! Manual shift? Can! However, this is not required. The GETRAG seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission always knows exactly what you want right now. Engineers, however, felt that manual shifting was quicker. Also, those who are not particularly good at driving are better able to focus on other things. For example, this car has insane power output, or invincible cornering willingness is complemented by overwhelming power, and the 812 can always put the most appropriate timing in your hands, so that the long front of the car can be aimed at you. direction to go. This coupe with a 6.5-liter front-mounted V12 really impresses.

That’s the point. More than ever, thanks to the engine revs that continue to rise, thanks to the powerful sound. Refusing mediocrity, refusing thunder and rain, maintaining a beautiful figure from beginning to end, providing the best mechanical craftsmanship. It’s also amazing how cleanly the team of engineers tweaked the rest. Inconspicuous but effective, depending on the position of the Manettino knob, ranging from quiet (wet) to scary (off). It would be an absolute shame if all Competizione vehicles were placed in a collector’s thermostat for life. If so, the Opel Swinger is a winner, as it at least offers complete undisturbed freedom.

The Ferrari 812 is definitely a gem of automotive technology. Ferrari succeeded, from the engine to the chassis technology to the aerodynamics, making the already excellent 812 “one hundred feet ahead”. 9500 rpm…maybe there’s room for upside.

Ferrari 812 Competizione

body

Two-seat coupe, 4696mm long, 1971mm wide and 1276mm high,

Wheelbase 2720mm, curb weight 1588kg

engine

V-type 12-cylinder, displacement 162400px3,

Maximum power 610kW (830PS)/9250rpm, maximum torque 692Nm/7000rpm drive system

Rear-wheel drive, 7-speed DKG automatic transmission

chassis suspension

Front double wishbone/coil spring, rear multi-link/coil spring, front and rear ceramic disc brakes,

Tire Specifications: Front 275/35 R20, Rear 315/35 R20

Driving performance

The official 0~100/200km/h acceleration time is 2.85s/7.5s,

Maximum speed >340km/h, combined fuel consumption (WLTP) 15.3L/100km

selling price

485 194 euros