There’s a certain mystique to the Nürburgring course and the countless supercars that have made their rounds over the decades. Many companies try to keep certain models under wraps, disguising functions and features until they’re ready to make an impressive unveiling as they grab for the latest lap time record.
Now Ferrari is the one concealing a possible surprise or two. While the car manufacturer has not been as active a player in pursuing lap records, Ferrari has still achieved its fair share of notable course times…and, if reports are to be believed, they might just have made a significant boost to their performance.
It’s been claimed that the Ferrari F12 Berlinetta—a model that came out a couple years ago at the 2012 Geneva Motor Show—was making circuit laps just a day or two ago. Its top time was 7 minutes and 48 seconds. That’s not so amazing at first glance until you realize this includes 40 seconds of cool down time, dropping the actual course lapping to 7 minutes and 8 seconds! Here’s the video in question:
Now, if this is true and Ferrari is able to repeat such a performance under official timing, this would make the F12 as fast as the Nissan GT-R Nismo and put it ahead of models such as the Dodge Viper ACR, Corvette ZR1, and Lexus LFA.
Again, the times given so far are unconfirmed, but who doesn’t love a good rumor or two? It’s also unknown if the original F12 model has been upgraded or outfitted any differently than previously seen. Once again, Ferrari is keeping quiet on modifications until they’re good and ready to let the rest of us know. In the meantime, the F12 Berlinetta originally came with a 6.3 litre V12 engine that produced 731 hp and 508 lb/ft torque. It reaches 0-60 mph in 3.0 seconds and has a top speed of 212 mph. If you ever want to get your hands on one, base price starts at near $320,000 and easily ratchets up to $450,000.