Is it an improvement?
It's regarded in some circles that a front-engined Ferrari is the best representation of the brand. Ferocious power, drama and design are all perfectly melded in the layout of a grand tourer, giving credence to something that is right at home blitzing to the Italian riviera. The Ferrari 812 Superfast is currently the only Ferrari on sale today with a front engined layout.
The 812 Superfast also pulls double duty as the only Ferrari currently for sale with a naturally aspirated V12 engine - a very key detail. In the 812 Superfast, this incredible motor produces an amazing 789 horsepower at a screaming 8,500 rpm, supplemented by 553 lb-ft of torque at 7,000 rpm. And it begs the question: what if this engine moved midship? How would that change the design of this thunder horse?
Youtuber and designer TheSketchMonkey is one who is known to entertain such thoughts. And it's a fair question. Because the world is absent of a V12 mid-engined Ferrari since the discontinuation of the LaFerrari hypercar, which produced 949 hp thanks to the assistance of a 161 hp battery pack.
It's a formula that may not be replicated in the future, as remarks from Ferrari executives hint that electrification is better used on smaller engines, simply due to the added weight and packaging involved. A V12 is already a large and heavy motor as it is. See the Ferrari SF90 Stradale, for example. It may produce 986 hp with electrification, but utilizes a twin-turbo V8 in lieu of a V12. But Ferrari has nonetheless vocalized dedication to the V12, and keeping it pure of forced induction and pesky batteries.
If you care to watch the whole thing, TheSketchMonkey takes us through the step-by-step of rendering a mid-engined Ferrari 812 Superfast. The end result is certainly a looker, and certainly familiar looking. The only thing we're left wondering is if moving the engine ends up spoiling the nature of the car's original intention: an opulent GT car that's just as fast as it is striking to look at.
What are your thoughts? Is this mid-engined Ferrari rendering an improvement over the original? Or was it a question best left unanswered?