March 5, 2012
Downforce without wings
Ferrari have been working on it for years: how to create usable levels of downforce without resorting to wings on scaffolding. The first was the 360 Modena which made use of a working diffuser and what was essentially a wing mounter under the rear valance.
With the F12 Berlinetta, Ferrari have achieved a GT car faster on track than their last super car, the no compromise Enzo. Aero is part of the package and once again Ferrari is leading down a different path than other manufacturers in the segment. No wings, the whole car is an aerodynamic device producing downforce from as little as 150 km/h-93mph while having close to Prius levels of drag.
Add engine and vehicle dynamics innovations and the F12 will be the new benchmark.