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Novitec Rosso F12 & N-Largo – A Walk On The Wild Side

If you think Ferrari’s F12 is too sober, Novitec Rosso has the answer.

Date Published: 18 Oct 2013
Novitec Rosso F12

Back in the 1980s, wide-bodied conversions were all the rage. This was a time when the German tuners went to town, turning supercars and unsuspecting hot hatches alike into creations that mostly looked like cartoon caricatures of themselves.

Just when everyone thought this trend was dead and buried, the Novitec Rosso N-Largo, based on the Ferrari F12 popped out of the woodwork. Initially stunned by its appearance, and the very idea that Novitec Rosso, one of the most sober of the German tuners, could be behind this creation, was enough to get me on a plane heading for their HQ in deepest Bavaria.

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“From day one the ethos of Novitec Rosso has been to offer our individualist clients subtle visual changes with accompanying alloy wheel, suspension, and engine upgrades to the same technical standard as the factory,” explained Dirk Moersdorf, the company’s effusive sales manager.

“This is the very first time we ever created a wide body conversion for a Ferrari,” he explained. “However, with the F12, we had specific requests from several of our overseas dealers and customers to do something distinctly different along these lines.”

“Now that we have done it, we have no doubts that the F12 is the perfect car to receive this treatment,” he continued. “To be frank, we never even considered a wide body conversion before on any of our cars, and it is certainly not something that will become the norm here.”

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One look at the N-Largo makes it plain to see that Novitec Rosso’s first ever foray on the wild side is 100-proof, head turning, eyeball riveting visual theatre.

Call it a throwback to the 1980s if you like, but the N-Largo conversion has a 21st Century refinement to its lines and detailing that has clearly moved the game on from the Ferrari BB and Testarossa conversions that Koenig Specials showcased nearly three decades ago.

So where does the N-Largo tag come from? “It is a fantasy name that we created during a brainstorming session to discussing the final look of the car with automotive designer, Vittorio Strosek,” said Dirk. The mention of my old friend’s name raised an eyebrow here, as it was Vittorio who designed the original wide-bodied look for Willy Koenig back in 1983. You could say that in this respect, the wheel has come full circle.

The body extensions add 60mm and 110mm to the F12’s overall width front and rear respectively. As almost every modern car, including all current Ferrari road cars have bolt-on front wings, this is simply a matter of swapping out the stock wings for the new wider carbon-fibre ones that use the factory mounting points.

Things are a bit more complex at the rear however, as far from being an exercise in pure optics, the wider bodywork is accompanied by a wider track achieved through a combination of wheel offsets and spacers.

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Where the normal Novitec Rosso F12 conversion uses their one-piece NF4 forged wheels in 9.5J x 21-inch and 12.0J x 22-inch sizes with 255/30ZR21 and 335/25ZR22 Pirelli PZero tyres, the N-Largo uses the bespoke NF5 three-piece wheels in the same sizes, but with the appropriate offsets to fill the wider arches and help the car achieve its broader, more purposeful stance.

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