Ferrari 812 Superfast: Wind Tunnel Testing Model Up For Auction


RM Sotheby’s is auctioning off the Ferrari 812 Superfast 1:2 scale model which was used for wind tunnel testing.

It is a Ferrari 812 Superfast, well technically. But it doesn’t have an engine. Nor does it have the glamourous looks of a production model piece. But this unique “car” was instrumental in the development pipeline of the most powerful production Ferrari on sale now.

This isn’t a car as such. Instead, this 1:2 scale model was used extensively during the wind tunnel testing stages of the Ferrari 812 Superfast’s development. The model in question is made of carbon-fiber and prototype materials and weighs around 200 kg. The description on the auction house’s site says that the model helped to test and improve computational fluid dynamics results inside the wind tunnel.

RM Sotheby’s expects the final bid for the occupant of Lot 112 to fall in between $332,000 to $380,000. That’s more than the price of a brand-new Ferrari 812 Superfast which retails for $315,000+ in North America. But since this scale model was a crucial part of the supercar’s development history, there will be takers for it.

The expected price of the model is more than what it takes to buy a running Ferrari 812 Superfast.

Speaking of the “running” supercar which came out of the hard work, the Ferrari 812 Superfast has a naturally-aspirated 6.5-liter V12 engine which produces 789 hp of power and 530 lb-ft of torque. A 7-speed dual-clutch gearbox deploys it all to the rear wheels so that the most powerful production Ferrari is also the fastest road-going car from the stables in Maranello. 0-62 mph dash in 2.9 seconds and a top speed of 221 mph settles that discussion.

Next: Ferrari Portofino: The All-New Entry-Level Ferrari

The wind tunnel model of the Ferrari 812 Superfast will be auctioned off at the Ferrari – Leggenda e Passione auction which will be held on September 9, 2017 at Ferrari headquarters in Maranello, Italy. The event is part of the 70th Anniversary celebrations of the Italian marque. Another major piece to hit the auction block on the same day will be the last Ferrari LaFerrari Aperta, the proceeds of which to be given away to charity.

Source: RM Sotheby’s