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599 GTO

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Ferrari 599 GTO

Ferrari's new extreme V12 Berlinetta, the 599 GTO, delivers a lap time of just 1 minute and 24 seconds at Fiorano, making it the fastest road-going model in our history.

This limited edition special series of just 599 is the new pinnacle of Prancing Horse sportiness and has benefited to an enormous degree from technological transfers from the track. Many of the cutting-edge solutions sported by the 599 GTO are also the product of the Maranello engineers’ experience in the development of the 599XX, the prototype experimental car of which, as its legendary moniker suggests, the 599 GTO is the road-homologated version.

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The 599 GTO on the track

INNOVATIONS

Vehicle Dynamics and  Driver-Car Interface

One of the most significant innovations on the 599 GTO is the close correlation between the chassis set-up, which is close to the handling limit, and the input from the electronic controls which are developed to increase overall levels of performance.
Since the very earliest states of the two cars’ development, Maranello’s engineers worked to ensure that these two areas of the car would be seamlessly integrated thus pushing responsiveness to the limit. The result is, of course, superlative driving involvement as well as faster lap times.

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599 GTO - Dynamics and Driver-car
599 GTO - Dynamics and Driver-car

Apart from new springs and a stiffer rear anti-roll bar, the car also features a second generation magnetorheological suspension control system (SCM2). The suspension works in tandem with the VDC (Vehicle Dynamic Control) and latest-generation F1-Trac traction control. This makes the car extremely responsive to driver inputs – thanks in part to the adoption of a very direct steering ratio – but also very stable under braking, sharper on turn-in, more precise in cornering and quicker out of corners.

Aerodynamics

The 599 GTO’s aerodynamics have benefited significantly from Ferrari engineers’ experience in F1 and with the 599XX which allowed downforce to be greatly increased without impacting on drag. Thanks to solutions transferred from the track car to the road-going version, the GTO generates downforce of 144 kg at 200 km/h. The entire car was honed, including the front, the sides, the flat underbody and cooling flows. In the latter instance, the GTO can count on improved ducting to the brake discs and pads, and the adoption of wheel doughnuts – a disc positioned outside the brake disc that ensure that hot air exiting the wheelarch stays as close to the body of the car as possible to reduce drag.

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599 GTO - Aerodynamics
599 GTO - Aerodynamics

Work on the nose of the car was aimed at reducing the width of the wake generated by the front and thus reduce drag. The front spoiler incorporates a separate lower wing that increases downforce at the front of the car and increases the flow of cooling air to the oil radiator. On the flanks there’s a new sill design with a more pronounced leading edge that improves the efficiency of the central section of the underbody. The underbody itself incorporates a new, lower front section with diffusers ahead of the front wheels to optimise downforce, and a new double-curve rear diffuser.

Weight Reduction

The 599 GTO inherits much of the development work – using the same principles as employed in F1 – that went into making the 599XX such an extreme performance car. Reducing weight was a vital objective and the result was the widespread use of composites and components manufactured with technologies more akin to racing specifications.

The areas involved include the bodywork and greenhouse (with thinner gauge aluminium and thinner glass), the brakes, transmission and exhaust system. The result is a dry weight of 1495 kg and a weight-to-power ratio of just 2.23 kg/hp, a very significant figure that underlines the GTO’s performance potential.

599 GTO - Weight Reduction

SPECIFICATIONS

Overall length 185,4 in
Overall width 77.2 in
Height 52,2 in
Wheelbase 108,3 in
Front track 67,0 in
Rear track 63,7 in
Dry weight* 3295,9 lb
Kerb weight* 3538,4 lb
Weight distribution 47% Front - 53% Rear
Fuel tank capacity 27.7 US gal (23.1 UK/gal)
Boot (trunk) capacity 11,3 cu ft
Front 285/30 ZR20"
Rear 315/35 ZR20"
Front (winter) 255/35 R20"
Rear (winter, can be used w/ chain) 305/35 ZR20"
Front 15.7 x 1.5 in
Rear 14.2 x 1.3 in
CST with F1-Trac system Control for stability and traction
TPTMS Tyres Pressure and Temperature Monitoring System
Type 65° V12
Bore and stroke 3.62 x 2.96 in
Unit displacement 30.51 cu in
Total displacement 366.08 cu in
Compression ratio 11.9:1
Maximum power** 493 kW (670 CV) at 8250 giri/min
Maximum torque 620 Nm (457 lbft) at 6500 rpm
Maximum speed over 208 mph
0-62 mph 3.35 sec
0-124 mph 9.8 sec
Gearbox F1; 6 gears + Reverse
Suspensions SCM 2 Magnetoreological damping Control
Combined ECE* 17,5 l/100 km
Combined ECE* 411 g/km
* European market version
** Engine power is expressed in kW, in accordance with the International System of Units (SI) and in CV for reasons of homogeneity. The horse power (hp) can be calculated as follows: 1 kW = 1.34 hp
599 GTO - The fastest ever road

The fastest ever road-going Ferrari

The company’s  fastest ever road car

The extreme V12 berlinetta developed to a specific performance-oriented brief. The 599 GTO is, in fact, the company’s fastest ever road car. It is an exclusive limited edition special which, in true Ferrari tradition, is a completely new concept, albeit inspired by a production car. In fact the 599 GTO is based on the 599XX, the advanced experimental track car, and can be considered almost a road-going version.

The 599 GTO is reserved for just 599 clients who seek the maximum expression of high-performance driving. The 599 GTO benefits directly from the technological transfer from racing and set a record lap time at Fiorano in 1’24”.