This Novitec Ferrari F12 proves that it’s never enough
Unfathomable. Just when you thought that a Ferrari F12 seemed impossible to mod, along comes this very tastefully executed, custom creation that crushes any doubts whatsoever. We’re talking about an F12 here that straight out of Maranello comes with everything it needs to go blindingly fast and look awesome. Taking strong cues from the iconic front-engine GT Ferraris from the past such as the stunning 250 GT Berlinetta Lusso, the 400 Super America or the highly sought after 365 GTB Daytona and more, truly make it a road car. But if there was one vital element that defined such GT cars and made them legendary, it would be without a doubt their massive V12 engines. Maintaining the legacy of the past GT cars alive, the F12 has a V12 that’s pushing north of 700-plus horsepower, which is extraordinary. The massive power goes through a seven-speed, dual-clutch transaxle and to their latest-generation electronic differential with F1-Trac Control. In fact, Ferrari lists 0-62 mph in 3.1 seconds, and a top speed of 340 km/h. If that’s not impressive enough, the F12 also laps Fiorano faster than any road-going production Ferrari ever made (except the La Ferrari that it trails by a scant three seconds). Like any Ferrari, it comes blessed with that distinct Ferrari exhaust sound from idle to redline which could only be best described as pure aural goodness.
Unveiled during the 2012 Geneva Motor Show, it’s easy to forget that it’s just a few years old.
But nevertheless, the F12 still commands a defining presence as it represents what a modern, front-engined Grand Touring car should be. In fact, the F12 even boasts of a considerable amount of rear luggage space. Designed by the Ferrari Styling Centre and Pininfarina, the F12 embodies some styling cues from past Ferrari models together with a lot of cutting-edge aerodynamic elements. Ferrari states that this is the result of their Formula One programs, developed with wind tunnel and Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) testing. The most notable and interesting on the F12 for me is the “Aero Bridge”. This is an air channel that runs from the bonnet, goes through the tops of the fender, and then dramatically slides along the sides of the vehicle. This unique opening creates an effect that Ferrari says helps increase down force. Another feature is the Active Brake Cooling ducts, which only open to direct cooling air only when the brakes are hot so as to reduce aerodynamic drag. Those features and more make the Ferrari F12 one awesome vehicle in every aspect; the only question left here is can it be modded?
For the inexperienced, tampering with the bodylines of the Ferrari F12 would be committing sacrilege. If not done right, it would be catastrophic and ruin years of development by Ferrari. However, there’s a tuning house located in Germany known as Novitec with 25 years of experience in fine-tuning and perfecting Ferraris and other high-end marques. Operating under its sub-brand, Novitec Rosso, which only deals with Ferraris, what’s great about their work philosophy is that they are known for discreet and subtle changes of the cars’ original looks. They do nothing more than underline the exclusivity and performance of these highly advanced designs. But it’s under the hood where their engineers go all-out in the quest to achieve crazy levels of engine power and suspension upgrades. For the F12, Novitec specifically came up with the N-Largo wide body kit that’s 4.3 inches more than the standard model and a massive total width of 81 inches. But just when you thought the N-Largo was already wide and wild enough, they came up with an all-new and slightly wider and “S” variant which, just like the original N-Largo, is only making 11 “S” Variants.
Our featured F12 here was fortunate enough to acquire one of eleven rare and very exclusive N-Largo S Variants before they ran out. As such, Novitec no longer sells this particular wide body kit with 7cm of additional width at the front and 14cm at the back. Composed of several pieces made of carbon fiber, not only do they exaggerate the bodylines of the F12 but also serve a purpose as these were developed using a wind tunnel. Take the central air intake for instance; Novitec says this optimizes cool air to the radiators, while the side openings direct the wind to the front brakes. Highly functional they may be, the entire N-Largo S body kit blends well and doesn’t disrupt any of the original Ferrari design cues. In fact, I think they’re merely optimizing it in terms of functionality and looks. Just looking at the three gill-like vents on either side of the rear bumper and all the curves and crevices are just too much for the senses to take all in at once. Not to mention the various polished carbon-fiber bits that also serve a purpose and strongly impart a detailed look. But achieving this show-stopping look isn’t just merely a case of slapping the kit using a cardboard template. This includes the irreversible and gut-wrenching act of hacking away at the pristine Italian fenders just to properly mount the wide body kit. Tasked to do the delicate job was Alex Isip’s Alex Car Restoration Shop, who needs no introduction when it comes to such high-end automotive work. In fact, Alex says that cutting the rear panels was the hardest part of the build. Once the whole process of mounting and aligning all the panels was done, the whole body was treated to a complete re-finish in the same Bianco Avus Ferrari color using Cromax paints.
With such big fenders and wheel arches to fill, Novitec has also come up with their own line of specially made wheels. These are the exclusive NF6 NL wheels that were developed specifically for the N-Largo S. Finished in a custom rose gold finish; the twin spoke design utilizes the latest forging methods for a robust yet lightweight wheel. The staggered setup features a 21-inch rim up front and a 22-inch rim at the rear using Dunlop tires that neatly fill the wide arches. With everything this F12 has, the only thing it lacks would be a proper air suspension system to bring it down to the weeds. Cost, you ask? Absolutely no need to wonder as none of this comes cheap, of course. If it did, everyone would have wide bodied F12’s. Again, this is a whole different level of tuning, where everything is faster, more expensive and very exclusive to say the least.
2015 Ferrari F12 Berlinetta
Engine: 6.3-liter, V12, 65-degree, naturally aspirated,
Transmission: 7-speed dual-clutch transaxle,
Drivetrain Layout: RWD
Horsepower: 731 hp at 8250 rpm,
Torque: 508 lb-ft at 6000 rpm
0-60 MPH: 3.1 seconds
Steering: Rack and pinion with assist
Front Suspension: Independent, double wishbones
Rear Suspension: Independent, multi-link
Brakes (F/R): Disc (ABS)
Wheels: Novitec NF6 NL Wheels F(21×9.5), R(22×12)
Tires: Dunlop Tires, Front (255/35ZR20), Rear (315/35ZR20)
Exterior: Novitec Rosso N-Largo S Widebody conversion kit (1 of 11)
Body & Paint: Alex Car Restoration