Ferrari may not play the Nürburgring lap time game to the extent that Porsche, Nissan and Radical do, but it has been known to go for some lap times of its own. And now an F12 Berlinetta has been spotted lapping the Nordschleife in an apparent record attempt.

The F12 reportedly had the track all to itself for about an hour and a half, suggesting one of two possibilities: either Ferrari is testing an updated version, or it's going for a lap record with the existing version. While it's impossible to tell what may be going on under the sheetmetal, the communications equipment taped to the roof appear to be the only outward modifications, and would seem to indicate the latter more than the former.

In between warm-up and cool-down laps, the F12 reportedly lapped the circuit in 7 minutes and 48 seconds – which wouldn't be anything spectacular in and of itself, but that lap apparently included 40 seconds of cool-down between T13 and Hatzenbach, suggesting a possible 7:08 lap time. That's the time which Nissan recently recorded in the GT-R Nismo, indicating that Ferrari could be going for Godzilla's top time as the fastest front-engined, street-legal car ever to lap the 'Ring, ahead of the Dodge Viper ACR, Lexus LFA with the Nürburgring Package and Corvette ZR1 (but behind Ferrari's own track-bound 599XX, which clocked a 6:58 lap time four years ago).

That would also make the F12 the fastest rear-drive, street-legal production car ever to lap the circuit, giving Maranello what to crow about even if its LaFerrari can't beat the 918 Spyder and its 6:57 lap time. Watch the clip right here and draw your own conclusions.

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      Does the cool-down really subtract 40 seconds?  I'd think they would stay moving, but not be going above 4/10's; stopping to cool down is a bad idea.

      • 10 Months Ago

      I would hardly call it a hot lap if they did in fact cool-down for 40 seconds.


      Extrapolation is fun, but the F12 beats the GT-R when it beats it outright.  As far as we know that cool down was required because the brakes, transmission etc, etc was having issues.


      I doubt I would get far saying my 15 sec 100m makes me faster than Usain Bolt because I had a 7 second "cool down."

      • 10 Months Ago

      Sounds like a god singing to us!  

      • 10 Months Ago
      You get an E for effort there,  Ferrari.  Your Participation Merit Badge is in  the mail. 
      • 10 Months Ago

      No street car should be allowed to sound that good.

      Kristiyan Dimitrov
      • 10 Months Ago

      Dear Noah, if you really think that Ferrari is "gunning" for GT-R, then you know nothing about Ferrari!

      • 10 Months Ago

      The GTRs time is null and void. The only records that should matter car cars taken off of the factory showroom and given one day. It's well known that Nissan sends cars with turned up boost, tweaked transmission, etc. I.e. it's nothing like the car you will buy. Additionally, they spend months if not years of driving to get them. No fun in that.

      • 10 Months Ago

      Why buy an F12 when you can buy 3 GT-R's that don't need a 40 second cooldown just to complete the nurburgring?

      It's nice that Ferrari is trying to catch up to Nissan and all, but if they really want to win then they are going to need to do a complete lap without stopping.

      • 10 Months Ago

      Getting tired of Ferrari BS when it comes to performance. Why would you even let the stopwatch run and advertise a time when you "cool down" for 40 seconds. Yes count from 1 to 40 and you will understand. Also chances of a breakdown on a Nordschleife hot lap are pretty high for any prancing horse. 

      • 10 Months Ago
      Well it has the GTR properly beaten in the looks department,the thing is beautiful,however the GTR is still going to murder it in all the other areas especially bang for the buck.
      • 10 Months Ago

      If the F12 can possibly run a 7:08 lap time, how on earth does the author think that LaFerrari can't top the 918's lap record?  I would imagine LaFerrari is probably capable of turning a time.

      • 10 Months Ago

      Those do not look like going for broke laps.  More like "lets go play" time.  Watch the z28 vid from a few months ago again - that is going for broke.  Can't wait for the new z06 everything on the table lap vids.    

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