Ferrari 812 Competizione and 812 Competizione A Leave No Stone Unturned
May 05, 2021 – As if the V12 producing 800 ponies in the 812 Superfast wasn’t quite enough, Ferrari decided to up the ante and create not one, but two Special Edition 812’s — introducing the Ferrari 812 Competizione and 812 Competizione A. Based on the Ferrari 812 Superfast platform, these two new V12 Ferrari’s revealed today pack in more power, newer tech, and an incredible rear-wheel steering system.
The 812 Competizione and 812 Competizione A are both built with, as Ferrari claims, “the most exhilarating V12 on the automotive scene.” This reengineered naturally-aspirated V12 produces 830bhp and revs up to a new maximum rpm of 9,500. Just think of the beautiful noises coming from a Ferrari V12 red-lining at 9,500 rpms — are your ears bleeding yet? Performance figures from Ferrari state that 0-62 can be achieved in 2.85 seconds, with a 211 mph top-speed!
The 6.5-liter engine in both Ferrari 812 Competizione even houses titanium connecting rods, which are 40% lighter than the steel versions, while maintaining the same mechanical resistance. Ferrari says that the most significant improvements, however, are given to the distribution and the cylinder heads, which have both been completely redesigned. The cams feature a diamond-like carbon (DLC) coating that reduces friction, and they now action the valve stems via DLC-coated steel sliding finger followers, technology taken straight from Ferrari’s F1 experience.
When it comes to the transmission, both models come equipped with a seven-speed dual-clutch gearbox, delivering a better performance and feel for the V12. The transmission has been further calibrated to reduce shift times by 5 percent. The Ferrari 812 Competizione and 812 Competizione A may have the same gear ratios, but thanks to the extra 500 rpms to red-line, they’ll feel even sportier.
The boost in power brought Ferrari to the next challenges, cooling and braking. With an engine that produces more power comes the need to cool it, and with more power comes speed, which needs to be slowed down. For the Competizione, Ferrari first integrated a new single air duct into the front grille, which allows the intake for the engine radiators to be extended sideways as far as the chassis allows. Next came vents on either side of the bonnet to help evacuate hot air coming off of the radiator, along with louvers on the wings. All of these changes translate to a 10 percent more efficient cooling of engine fluids than the 812 Superfast.
For the Ferrari 812 Competizione A, to compensate for the removal of the vortex generators, Ferrari incorporated a bridge element between the flying buttresses. The air flow is then deflected effectively and effienctly towards the rear spoiler, giving the Competzione A the same downforce as the Competizione.
For braking, ventilation of the calipers and pads is achieved by channeling the cool air captured by the two ducts on either side of the front bumper. The air rushes through an air intake and is distributed inside the component. Thanks to these new modifications, Ferrari is able to achieve brake temperatures 30 degrees celsius lower than those of the 812 Superfast.
All in all, the these two new updated Superfast 812’s could be some of the greatest cars Ferrari has produced. The Competizione and Competizione A are unmistakingly bold and brilliant. The coupe will start at $598,567 while the Competizione A will start at $694,549 with deliveries beginning Q2 2022.