Ferrari: Carbon fiber? We don’t need no stinkin’ carbon fiber

Ferrari used the revered — by which I mean swimming in the kind of dollars that only Paul Charsley can dream of — Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance to unveil its 599 replacement, the is-something-missing-in-translation F12berlinetta.

According to the LA Times,”The car has a naturally-aspirated, 6.3-liter V-12 engine that makes 731 horsepower and 509 pound-feet of torque, directed through a seven-speed, dual-clutch gearbox. Ferrari says it weighs about 110 pounds lighter than the car it replaces, the 599.”

But that’s not the deal the Times or Ferrari makes a stink of; oh no. It’s the material in the car.

No, not carbon fiber. Aluminum. Ferrari CEO Amedeo Felisa was there. And, the Times paraphrases: ““It’’s a marketing reason,” Felisa says of the use of carbon fiber.” The Times names McLaren and Lamborghini. Let’s quote more:

Felisa says that according to Ferrari’’s forecast, carbon technology won’’t be where the company needs it to be when making 10 to 15 cars a day until 2020. Much of this comes down to the resins used, he says. (Think of resin as a sort of glue-like substance that’’s applied to the carbon, which then hardens when molded using heat and or pressure). Right now, the resins are just too heavy and lack the mechanical characteristics Ferrari wants.

Instead, the F12berlinetta uses 12 different aluminum alloys in its chassis and body, and to sound effect. The company says the F12 is both lighter and stiffer than the Ferrari 599.

So don’’t expect full-carbon Ferrari cars rolling into dealerships anytime soon.

Also no in the Ferrari mix? Four-door cars. To which I say, umm… something excited in Italian. (The FF coupe kind of fits in there, though, as it seats four.)

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