2017 Ferrari F12tdf
Year of manufacture2017
- Offered by its first owner; less than 1,000 miles from new
- Custom-outfitted by Tailor Made through Ferrari New York
- Finished in unique special-order Rosso Adam
- Includes manuals, tools, and optional matching luggage
- One of 799 examples built
In Ferrari lore, the ‘Tour de France’ needs no introduction. The 250 GT berlinetta competizione was in its day the ultimate in speed, style, and performance. The TdF earned its nickname after its incredible winning streak in the late 1950s at the historic French road race. It was therefore fitting for Ferrari to revive the Tour de France moniker for the uprated and re-engineered version of its F12 supercar as a successor to the lauded 599 GTO.
A modern racing car for the road in every respect, the F12tdf was a radical upgrade to the standard F12 berlinetta in terms of power, weight, and aerodynamic grip. Under the bonnet, a gargantuan 770 horsepower at 8,900 rpm was unleashed from the 6.3-liter V-12 through the introduction of mechanical tappets and variable-geometry intake trumpets, usually reserved for motorsport power trains. Over 100 kg of weight savings was also achieved, via the copious use of carbon fiber and fastidious use of lightweight materials for every element of the car. All details were considered, from the narrow-section five-spoke wheels to the single-piece carbon door cards—even the passenger glovebox was considered surplus to performance and therefore removed.
The body, too, was overhauled and featured state-of-the-art active aerodynamics that helped to generate an 80% increase in downforce at 120 mph, as well as unique design elements that paid tribute to the great Ferraris of the past—the most obvious being the 250 GTO–inspired slots over the rear haunches. The chassis, already considered to be excellent by road-car standards, was improved with the introduction of rear-wheel steering, or “Virtual Short Wheelbase” system in Maranello parlance, to complement the dramatically widened front track.
The results spoke for themselves; the F12tdf takes just 2.9 seconds to accelerate to 62 mph, and 124 mph will arrive precisely five seconds later. To put this performance into perspective, the F12tdf will lap Fiorano in 1:21:00, just 1.3 seconds after the LaFerrari. Immediately in demand, only 799 examples were offered to Ferrari’s best customers.
Offered here is a single-owner, custom-ordered 2017 F12tdf. With under 1,000 miles on the odometer, this example still looks and feels factory fresh. Custom ordered by its original owner through Ferrari’s Tailor Made program, the car is finished in the unique color of Rosso Adam over Peccary Beige leather with subtle Cuoio stitching throughout. The Daytona racing seats also feature matching Cuoio Cavallinos stitched on the headrests. Equipped with loads of optional features, this F12tdf sports plentiful amounts of carbon fiber, including the headlight buckets, fog lamps, engine covers, air filter box, under-door covers, and rear bench trim. A fully integrated audio system, including satellite radio and JBL high-power Hi-Fi system, rounds out the interior features. The unique exterior color is offset with attractive matte gold wheels with optional carbon-fiber center caps over black Brembo brake calipers. As expected, the F12 includes a full complement of books and tools, as well as the optional set of luggage in matching Peccary Beige.
As would be expected of such a low-mileage, one-owner car, this Tailor Made F12tdf presents in superb condition. It is without doubt the ultimate front-engined Ferrari supercar and a true modern-day collectible that will continue to be held in high esteem by collectors and enthusiasts for years to come.To view this car and others currently consigned to this auction, please visit the RM website at rmsothebys.com/en/auctions/mo19.