For the third year running a Ferrari engine has triumphed in the prestigious International Engine of the Year Awards, this time with the company’s naturally-aspirated 6262cc V12. The 740 HP engine, which equips the critically-acclaimed F12berlinetta, took the two categories – Best Performance Engine and Above 4-litre Engine – which were won in 2011 and 2012 by Ferrari’s 4.5-litre V8.
The awards, recognised as the industry’s top accolade for the world’s best powertrain technology, have seen the international judging panel increase to 86 motoring journalists from 35 nations. In the face of stiff competition, the Ferrari V12 was lauded as a masterpiece of engineering, combining blistering performance with surprising efficiency.
Jean Jacques His, head of Ferrari’s powertrain department, attended the award ceremony and commented: “Winning both these categories for the third year running is a fantastic result for everyone at Ferrari. It is testimony to the efforts of a relatively small group of engineers who constantly strive to achieve ambitious technical objectives. Three figures suffice to demonstrate the results of development: 120 HP more and 30 percent lower emissions than the previous V12 that equipped the 599 GTB Fiorano, along with a 30 percent increase in longitudinal acceleration.”
The co-chairman of the International Engine of the Year Awards, Dean Slavnich, commented: “The V12 takes over from the V8 to make it six International Engine of the Year Award wins for Ferrari in three years, a brilliant feat.”
The fastest, most powerful Ferrari production car of all time, the F12berlinetta strikes a perfect balance between maximum aerodynamic efficiency and the elegant proportions typical of Ferrari’s front-engined V12 cars. Since its launch, the car has been the object of universal acclaim from the press and public alike, with the International Engine of the Year titles following several other recent awards, from BBC Top Gear Magazine’s Supercar of the Year, Auto Bild’s “Design Award”, The Sunday Times Driving’s “Best Supercar and Luxury Car” award and the Golden Steering Wheel award from Auto Bild and Bild Am Sonntag, the first time a Ferrari has ever taken this leading German industry prize.