Ferrari F12 Berlinetta Tour de France 64 Honours More History Than Many
Endurance racing (such as the 24 hours du LeMans for example) is a big thing in Europe. The best car producers compete in various different races trying to get their cars and drivers to drive just that bit more in a closely monitored time period so they could better the result from the past year and even win. Those races are so important that car companies started to make special edition cars in order to honour some of the victories they’ve accomplished over the years. Ferrari, Jaguar, Ford, Audi and Porsche are among the most famous manufacturers that go for the top spot in such races. After we saw that McLaren honoured the victory that happened 20 years ago at the Le Mans, now we are witnessing the Ferrari F12 Berlinetta Tour de France 64. This car is not made to honorably mention the 24 hours du LeMans, but it is made to captivate the world and to say to the world that more than 50 years ago, a small, humble Ferrari 250 GTO with its life handed to the racing drivers Lucien Bianchi and Georges Berger won the astonishingly exhausting and extremely tough race of the Tour de France Automobiles.
The Ferrari 250 GTO is easily one of the most astonishing cars that were ever built. It was the child of Enzo Ferrari himself and it is officially the most expensive car in the world. One, with a rather special history and a major significance, was sold at an auction for astonishing price of $34,65 milion. This one, that won the 1964 Tour de France Automobiles isn’t as significant, but it is significant enough for a Ferrari to make a special version of the Ferrari F12 Berlinetta that honours the victory the Ferrari 250 GTO did back then.
The new Ferrari F12 Berlinetta Tour de France 64 was revealed at the Dream Cars Show in Brussels and the car got all the bells and whistles that make it reminiscent of the Ferrari 250 GTO that won that race back in the Sixties. First of all, the yellow stripe that goes across the hood is the same as the one on the original. The color of the car is also much the same but the number at the doors and the interior, are different indeed.
The car has been built by the Tailor Made section of the Ferrari company and it was unveiled by the Francorchamps Motors. This way, Ferrari paid homage to the famous Ecurie Francorchamps team that used the legendary 250 GTO back in 1964.
Interior features some nice touches too. Form of the interior remained the same as before, but the specially colored leather (Mahogany color) seats look as beautiful as those on the original car. However, the F12 Berlinetta is the best and fastest naturally aspirated Ferrari of today, so the interior is garnished with nicely done carbon fiber parts, yellow accents like those from the original 250 GTO and with high-tech dash that tells us more than the scientist knew back in the era of “analogue” racing.
As a refresher we have to tell you that the Ferrari F12 Berlinetta is powered by a powerful 6.5 liter V12 engine that is good for 740 HP. It is able to accelerate to 60 mph in less than 3 seconds and it is the most powerful Ferrari (apart from the LaFerrari) of all times.
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