For the third year in a row, Ferrari have won at the International Engine of the Year Awards, this time it was Ferrari’s 6262cc V12 naturally-aspirated engine that walked away with the win.
The V12 engine is the same one that powers the multi award-winning F12berlinetta, pushing out an incredible 740 HP. The engine won in two of the categories, ‘Above 4-Litre’ and the ‘Best Performance Engine’.
The F12berlinetta is the most powerful production car ever to carry the iconic badge of the Prancing Horse, striking a balance between maximum aerodynamic efficiency and the elegant proportions typical of Ferrari’s front-engine V12 cars. Among the many awards heaped upon the F12berlinetta since its launch was 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.
The International Engine of the Year Awards is recognised as the industry’s top accolade for the world’s best powertrain technology. 2013 saw the international judging panel increase to 86 motoring journalists from 35 nations. Faced with stiff competition from some incredible motor vehicles, the Ferrari V12 was singled out 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.”