Hennessey got their hands on a Ferrari F12 Berlinetta and we’re wondering just what the heck they’re doing with a Ferrari.
If you’ve paid any attention to Hennessey’s YouTube videos over the years, you’d know that they tend to prefer vehicles built in North America. Sure, John Hennessey himself has a car collection that just recently got a McLaren 600LT, but by and large, people go to Hennessey to get great big superchargers placed in big American trucks along with the occasional Mustang or Corvette.
But if you go through Hennessey’s back catalog, he occasionally dabbles in foreign-built vehicles. Previous projects include a twin-turbocharged Audi R8 and a similarly upgraded Lamborghini Huracan, but Ferrari has never been a brand that Hennessey has gotten their hands on.
In a new video posted to Hennessey’s YouTube page, we see a Ferrari F12 Berlinetta get dyno tested for reasons that only Hennessey knows.
Once upon a time, the F12 was the most powerful Ferrari ever made, but a year later the LaFerrari came out and shattered that record, and since then the F12 has fallen to fourth in line for the throne. But that doesn’t mean it’s lacking in the power department.
The F12’s big naturally aspirated 6.3-L V12 puts out 730 horsepower and 509 lb-ft of torque. Power heads to the rear wheels via a 7-speed dual-clutch transmission, with a curb weight of just 3,594 lbs.
Zero to sixty is done in 3.1 seconds. Zero to 124 mph is done in just 8.5 seconds. Top speed is 211 mph.
Those are some impressive numbers, but being naturally aspirated means there’s always room for improvement. But will it be a turbocharger or a supercharger? Really, it’s a coin flip to see which way Hennessey will go.
But before Hennessey can do anything, they need some baseline test data to see what they’re working with. The dyno reveals that while the F12 produces 730 horses at the crank, only 590 survive to make it to the rear wheels. That’s a fine amount of ponies still, and we’re thinking Hennessey just might be the garage to get the F12 over the 1,000 hp mark. We’ll have to wait and see.