F1 driver Carlos Sainz Takes Delivery of Custom 812 Competizione

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In December 2021, Motor1.com covering Scuderia Ferrari Formula One driver Carlos Sainz Jr. visited the Prancing Horse to have its car specified through the Tailor Made brand personalization program. Now, he has finally taken delivery of a custom 812 Competizione.

The Ferrari is a major upgrade for Sainz. His current car is a Volkswagen Golf. His parents bought him a hatchback as a gift when he was 18 years old. He kept it even while racing in F1 for the Toro Rosso, Renault, McLaren, and Ferrari teams.

Sainz said he prefers cars with dark colors. He specs his 812 Competizione in a dark gray with a satin finish that changes color slightly depending on how much light hits the body. The wheels are black. Red brake calipers and smooth lines add a bit of brightness to the exterior.

Sainz also personalizes the interior. The carbon fiber tread plate reads “Smoother Operator” in silver. The carpet has the racing number 55 as part of its stripes. The rest of the cabin is dark gray with red accents to match the exterior.

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The sound of the engine made Sainz shiver, but it wasn’t too surprising. The naturally aspirated 6.5-liter V12 makes a very aggressive sound. On the road, he loved to go through gears only to hear how the pitch of the power plant changed.

Ferrari built 999 units of the 812 Competizione coupe and 599 units of the Competizione Aperta with removable carbon fiber roof panels. The V12 under the long hood pumps out 830 horsepower (619 kilowatts) and 510 pound-feet (692 Newton-meters) of torque. It can reach 9500 rpm. A seven-speed dual-clutch gearbox sends power to the wheels.

The Coupe can reach 62 miles per hour (100 kilometers per hour) in 2.85 seconds and 124 mph (200 kph) in 7.5 seconds. Top speed for it is 211 mph.

Sainz had a good 2022 season in F1. He finished fifth in the drivers’ championship and scored nine podiums. His best result was winning the British Grand Prix at Silverstone.

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