The F12berlinetta’s aerodynamics were developed hand-in-hand with its styling, using CFD (computational fluid dynamic) simulations along with more than 250 hours of testing in the Ferrari Wind Tunnel. Research focused not only external air flows but internal ones too.
The result is that the F12berlinetta is the most overall aerodynamically efficient Ferrari ever, a fact attested to by a figure of 1.12 (double that of the 599 GTB Fiorano). Downforce has been boosted by 76% (123 kg at 200 km/h) while drag has been significantly reduced too (the Cd is just 0.299).
The F12berlinetta’s exceptional aerodynamic efficiency is the product of a series of innovative features. The first of these is the Aero Bridge, an innovative solution that uses the bonnet in downforce creation for the first time. Equally, air passing over the upper part of the car is drawn into special air intakes in the rear wings, altering the pressure in the wheel well, before exiting through the Blown Rear Diffuser.
The car’s flat underbody has also been significantly evolved. The front splitter is now separate to the bumper, in fact, and this generates downforce whilst simultaneously directing the air flows towards the rear extractor, improving efficiency. The generous rear diffuser and its four fences contribute to the significant increase in downforce too.
The Active Brake Cooling system also reduces drag: its system of guide vanes on the brake air ducts opens only in certain conditions, such as, for instance, if brake operating temperatures are high enough.
When it comes to integrating fluid dynamics and thermal management, however, the central air vent on the bonnet boosts the efficiency of the cooling system and also helps lessen the impact of the air on the windscreen at high speeds, creating a cushion that deflects the natural air flow.