The Ferrari 812 Superfast is the latest creation of the Ferrari front-V12 GT cars. Those GT cars go all the way back to the 1940s when Ferrari revealed their first proper road car, the 166 Inter.
Words and Photography: Max Lammers
Silver exterior, Bordeaux interior
I met up with the founder of AARK Racing to take some pictures of their new 812 Superfast, which they acquired through HR Owen Ferrari and configured with salesman Garry O’Dea. The outside is finished in Grigio Ferro, a stunning shade of silver. The wheels are in black and most carbon options were ticked.
The inside, finished in Bordeaux, is a bit bolder: ‘’I really wanted something different, and when Garry told me I could, we went for it! I love the contrast with the rather plain exterior. I used to own an F12tdf which I bought in silver with black wheels and a full red interior. We had to pull some strings, but this interior is one of the first tailor made parts you can find in any 812 Superfast.’’
Is the 812 Superfast too powerful?
The Ferrari 166 Inter was intended as a luxurious way of driving from A to B. The ride was comfortable and it wasn’t as focused on performance as the GT cars of today. The V12 in the 166 Inter produced around 90 bhp and the car could reach a top speed of 150 km/h (93 mph). The latest successor of that 166 Inter is the 812 Superfast, a proper supercar that packs 789 bhp and is capable of going 340 km/h (212 mph).
But did Ferrari went a bit nuts? In my opinion, no. Although the car lives up to its name, it really knows how to put the power down. I asked the owner to accelerate at a stoplight and was impressed by how well the car gripped the road. Both the engine and the tires were cold – we definitely left some tire marks – but we reached 108 km/h (67 mph) in under 4.5 seconds. In Central London.
Daily driveable exotic?
I asked the owner about his view on my statement: ”I think the 812 Superfast is very powerful but a person who buys an 812 expects that power, otherwise they coud buy a 488. I had the chance to take the 812 Superfast around Brno [Czech Republic] after I finished testing my 488 Challenge and it is really direct and well-balanced, especially when the tyres warm up.”
Like I mentioned in this article about the F12berlinetta, the 812 Superfast is no exception to the rule. You could drive this car to the track, drive it hard on the track and then grab some milk at the grocery store on your way home. I would need to spend more time in one to give a proper answer, but in the few minutes I sat in the passenger seat, the car felt like it had tons of performance potential, but couldjust as easily turn into a Grand Tourer with the switch of a button.
Thanks to Ali for allowing me to spend time around this magnificent piece of engineering.