The last day of my stay in London was going to be the one I’d remember forever. I travelled to North London to meet up with @tipozerofourzero to have some fun in three of his cars, the first one being his F12tdf. He travelled over an hour into London to meet.
I patiently waited at the train station until @tipozerofourzero arrived in his F12tdf, which is actually his homage to the #2689GT 250 GT SWB. ‘’I purchased a Ferrari magazine many years ago. In the magazine was a full feature on the car. I had always thought the 250 SWB was one of the greatest Ferraris. The 250 SWB was the ‘’Gentleman’s Racer’’. But when I saw Bruce Meyer’s competition car (chassis #2689GT) in the magazine, it was instant love!’’
So, I got in the car, which is a pretty awkward process to do since I’m 1.95 meters (6 feet and 5 inches) long. The first thing I noticed was that it is such a big car. There’s enough space to store some luggage behind the seats or in front of you. We drove off to the highway to get a quick impression of the cars’ abilities. The F12tdf is capable to reach 100 km/h (62 mph) in just 2.9 seconds and its top speed is said to be 340 km/h (211 mph). We obviously couldn’t test out the top speed because of the sensitive speed cameras, but the sprint was easily done and I can tell you, it’s disturbingly fast.
As for the interior, ”Tipo” picked the best ingredients. Daytona racing seats, satin carbon fibre around the air vents and the central tunnel. The dashboard is covered in Blue Medio alcantara and even the steering wheel is finished in Blue Medio leather, both to complement the famous blue stripe. When you’re on track, the led rev display really comes in handy as well. As a passenger you can keep track of the speed, the rpm’s and which gear the driver is in with the passenger display. This option will cost you around $4,000…
The F12tdf itself has a very recognizable Ferrari design. The front-V12 setup is similar to the legendary 250 GTO and so many other successful Ferrari models. The side vents just above the rear wheels were taken from cars like the 275 GTB/4 and the 288 GTO. The remarkable fuel cap got its inspiration from the Ferrari racing cars like the F40 LM and the 250 TR. Only 799 units were produced and they were all sold out within a couple of months. Like all limited Ferrari’s you had to be invited by Ferrari to be able to purchase the car.