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This Ferrari 812 Prototype Has Some Interesting Aero Mods on Its Rear Bumper

Road & Track logo Road & Track 10/26/2020 Brian Silvestro
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Ferrari's V-12-powered front-engine grand tourer, the 812 Superfast, has been around for a few years now. You know what that means, right? A limited-edition, high-performance version to cap off production is due out any day now. This might be the prototype.

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Varryx on YouTube spotted this blacked-out Ferrari 812 test mule trundling around the roads surrounding Ferrari's headquarters in Maranello recently, giving us our best look yet at what could be an even faster version of the 812 Superfast.

The car looks mostly the same up front, save for what appears to be a wider grille opening. What we're most interested in is what's going on at the rear. While the diffuser section seems to be unchanged, the bumper trim surrounding the exhaust has been replaced by some sort of slotted grille setup on either side, widened to shroud more of the rear tires.

The setup's tacked-on look and lack of elegance suggests this won't be something we'll be seeing on a production 812—at least not in its current form. What it could possibly be for, we're not exactly sure. Could it be a way to cool the exhaust? Channel air more efficiently from the wheel wells? It's hard to say for sure. A Ferrari spokesperson declined to comment when reached by Road & Track by email.

a car parked on the side of a road: What is going on with those exhaust sections? © Varryx - YouTube What is going on with those exhaust sections?

What do you think these vent-like exhaust surrounds could be for? Do you think they'll make production? Let us know in the comments below.

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