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Ferrari 599XX - 2010

Overview

599XX

2010

The 599XX incorporates the most advanced technological solutions, resulting from Ferrari’s road-going and F1 research. Many are being used for the first time, and have been developed exclusively for this special car. While based on the 599 GTB Fiorano ,with the same transaxle layout and engine type, this prototype is an extreme track car.

Ferrari’s engineers have carried out extensive work on the engine’s combustion chambers and inlet and exhaust tracts. The 599XX is characterised by an innovative electronic concept called the ‘High Performance Dynamic Concept’, which has been designed to get maximum performance from the car by managing the combination of the car’s mechanical limits with the potential of its electronic controls.

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Ferrari 599XX - 2010
Ferrari 599XX - 2010

The Structure

While based on the 599 GTB Fiorano ,with the same transaxle layout and engine type, this prototype is an extreme track car. Ferrari’s engineers have carried out extensive work on the engine’s combustion chambers and inlet and exhaust tracts. These modifications, combined with the fact that internal attrition has been reduced and the maximum revs have been boosted to 9,000 rpm, helped achieve the target power output of 700 hp at 9,000 rpm. Particular attention was also paid to cutting the weight of the engine unit components. This was achieved both by optimising forms – as in the new crankshaft – and adopting exclusive materials, as in the carbon-fibre used for the intake plenums. A new gearbox shift strategy cuts overall gear-change times to 60 ms.

Innovations

The 599XX is characterised by an innovative electronic concept called the ‘High Performance Dynamic Concept’, which has been designed to get maximum performance from the car by managing the combination of the car’s mechanical limits with the potential of its electronic controls. The mechanical and electronic systems work together to get the maximum performance from the car under extreme high performance driving, for consistent lap times. The sporty handling has been improved thanks to the adoption of second generation SCM suspension system. Track usage is also made easier thanks to the new ‘virtual car engineer’, a screen in the car that provides a real-time indication of the vehicle’s efficiency.

The 599XX’s aerodynamics were honed in numerous Wind Tunnel test sessions with the result that the car now boasts 280 kg of down-force at 200 km/h (630 kg at 300 km/h). The front underside of the body is completely faired-in and the vents that channel hot air from the engine bay have been moved to the bonnet.

Ferrari 599XX - 2010
Ferrari 599XX - 2010

The ‘Actiflow™’ system increases down-force and/or cuts drag, depending on the car’s trim cornering conditions, courtesy of the use of a porous material in the diffuser and two fans in the boot, which channel the air flow from under the car out through two grilles next to the tail lights. Winglets have been added to the rear buttresses to increase downf-orce, while synthetic jets have also been incorporated into the rear of the car to control and smooth the air flow and to reduce drag. Ferrari’s engineers have also used F1-derived ‘doughnuts’, which partly cover the brake discs and wheel rim. These have the dual functions of improving aerodynamics and cooling the brakes.

In terms of the bodywork, composites and carbon-fibre have been widely used and the engineers drew on their experience in working with aluminium to reach the weight target. The development of increasingly high-performance materials has also benefited the carbon-ceramic braking system. The brake pads are now made from carbon-fibre, which means the callipers are smaller while guaranteeing the same efficiency. The new racing carbon-ceramic braking system also delivers shorter braking distances and is generally more efficient due to the weight saving.

The 599XX comes with slick tyres (29/67 R19 front and 31/71 R19 rear),  specifically developed to maximise stability in cornering and increase lateral acceleration. They are fitted to 19 x 11J wheel rims at the front and 19 x 12J at the rear.

The Engine

While based on the 599 GTB Fiorano ,with the same transaxle layout and engine type, this prototype is an extreme track car. Ferrari’s engineers have carried out extensive work on the engine’s combustion chambers and inlet and exhaust tracts. These modifications, combined with the fact that internal attrition has been reduced and the maximum revs have been boosted to 9,000 rpm, helped achieve the target power output of 700 hp at 9,000 rpm. Particular attention was also paid to cutting the weight of the engine unit components.

This was achieved both by optimising forms – as in the new crankshaft – and adopting exclusive materials, as in the carbon-fibre used for the intake plenums. A new gearbox shift strategy cuts overall gear-change times to 60 ms.

Ferrari 599XX - 2010
Ferrari 599XX - 2010

Record of the Ferrari 599XX at the Nürburgring announced in Beijing

Beijing, 23 April – The Ferrari 599XX is the first ever production-derived sports car to break the 7-minute barrier on the classic 20.832 km Nordschleife circuit, lapping in 6 min 58.16 sec.

The 599XX, which inspired the 599 GTO, is an extreme berlinetta designed for track but not official competition use, and is a veritable technological laboratory incorporating a number of innovative solutions. Some of these will remain the exclusive preserve of the 599XX while others have already filtered down to the 599 GTO, introduced today at the Beijing Motor Show. These include the wheel doughnuts of F1 derivation which serve two purposes – to reduce turbulence and thus drag, and improve brake cooling.

Powered by a development of the V12 engine used by the 599 GTB Fiorano, the 599XX features Ferrari’s High-Performance Dynamic Concept, a novel integrated design and chassis set-up that uses sophisticated electronics to govern the mechanical limits of the handling for maximum performance.

On the aerodynamics front, the car sees the introduction for the first time of the Actiflow™ System that increases downforce and/or cuts drag depending on the car’s trim during cornering. This, together with other careful detailing, ensures that the 599XX boasts extraordinary levels of downforce – up to 630 kg at 300 km/h.

Fundamental to the performance of the car was the development of specific components undertaken together with our technical partners: Brembo for the carbon-ceramic brakes, Michelin for the tyres and Shell for the fuel and lubricants.

Ferrari 599XX - 2010

First shakedown for the 599XX fitted with the new evolution package

At the Ferrari Racing Days in Suzuka the new evolution package, introduced at the end of 2011 for the 599XX, was presented with the first official shakedown, exclusively for collectors of these exceptional vehicles

599XX sets a new record on the legendary Nürburgring

The Ferrari 599XX is the first ever production-derived sports car to break the 7-minute barrier on the classic 20.832 km Nordschleife circuit, lapping in 6 min 58.16 sec.

Ferrari 599XX - Shakedown in Valencia

Seven Ferrari 599XX debuting on the Spanish Ricardo Tormo circuit in Valencia. Exceptional guest at the event: Felipe Massa, who personally tested the new 12-cylinder Berlinetta planned for the race track. At the end of the video the Brazilian driver talks about the thrilling ride.

Specifications

V12 Engine

Overall length 4787 mm
Overall width 1972 mm
Height 1283 mm
Wheelbase 2750 mm
Dry wheight 1345 kg
Weight distribution 7% Front - 53% Rear
Fuel tank capacity 90 l
Front 29/67 R19
Rear 31/71 R19
Front 19 x 11J
Rear 19 x 12J
Brakes 2° Generation Racing Carbon-Ceramic Materials
Type V12 - 65°
Bore and stroke 92 x 75,2 mm
Unit displacement 499,9 cm3
Total displacement 5999 cm3
Maximum power 537 kW (730 CV)
Maximum torque 686 Nm (70 kgm)
Maximum Engine Speed 9000 Rpm
Nürburgring Lap Time TBC
Fiorano Lap Time 1 min 16 sec
Gearbox F1; 6 gears + Reverse
Suspensions SCM Magnetoreological damping Control 2° Generation