The Ferrari 612 Scaglietti - Safety | Part Five

The Ferrari 612 Scaglietti

Ferrari 612

Occupant protection

However, occupant protection is completed by the adoption of highly innovative restraint systems. The two-stage front airbags automatically adapt their inflation rate to the severity of the collision and are designed to offer optimal protection even when the occupants are not in the correct position. Special sensors in the engine compartment use specific parameters to recognise a violent deceleration signalling that a collision may be about to happen and thus "alert" the airbag system.

Last but not least, the 612 Scaglietti offers a highly adaptable seat belts with pretensioners and load limiters as well as Isofix on the rear seats so that child seats can be used in perfect safety.

Needless to say, the 612 Scaglietti offers an exceptionally high standard of ACTIVE SAFTEY. Thanks, of course to its unparalleled chassis characteristics, architecture, and sophisticated suspension, stability, traction control and braking systems.

Innovative Architecture Breeds Pure Performance

"When we are designing a new Ferrari, we traditionally aim even higher than ever and try to achieve previously unheard of performance. That was also our philosophy during the whole F 137 development process. Our goal was to create a front-engined, rear-wheel drive Grand Tourer with a comfortable cabin that would also offer the same kind of dynamic handling and driving pleasure as a cutting edge berlinetta. It therefore became essential to pull back and lower the car’s centre of gravity and make the weight distribution highly innovative. The result was that we adopted a type of architecture that had never been used before in this category of car, giving it a mid-front engine layout and moving the gearbox into the rear in unit with the differential. It is thanks to that layout plus the power of the new 12-cylinder engine and the careful choice of the mechanical components that the 612 Scaglietti delivers the same kind of pure performance as the most thoroughbred Ferraris."

The idea of creating a four-seater GT with all of the fiery temperament of a sporty Ferrari berlinetta was both thrilling and challenging.

During the preparatory phase of the project, a wide range of different aspects was examined to establish the optimal solutions for a front-engined, rear wheel drive car. Aluminium technology meant that the car would be lighter and safer as well as boasting higher torsional stiffness and beautifully damped vibration. However, near-perfect weight distribution and a lower centre of gravity were also essential factors in delivering the require results in terms of dynamic performance.

Equally when it came to the aerodynamic design of the car, elements that would enhance its qualities were added to the aforementioned architecture, specifically the engine, the traditional heart and symbol of Ferrari, and the mechanical components.

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Published 19 February 2004 Melanie Carter

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