Ferrari has finally debuted its latest 599 GTO, which it based on the 599XX (the advanced experimental track car). This model will have a limited run, with only 599 units to be built for 599 clients who seek high-performance driving. The GTO designation, a.k.a. Gran Turismo Omologata, brings to mind two Ferraris that have been iconic as symbols of performance -- the 1962 250 GTO and the 1984 GTO.
Ferrari claims that this car has the same 5999 cc 65-degree V12 engine (compatible with Euro 5 and LEV 2 standards) found on the 599 GTB. It can generate 670 hp @ 8250 rpm and a maximum torque of 620 Nm at 6500 rpm.
The car also boasts of having a second generation magnetorheological suspension control system (SCM2), new springs and a stiffer rear anti-roll bar as well as the latest-generation F1-Trac traction control. The new 599 GTO can accelerate from zero to 100 km/h in only 3.35 seconds and can hit a top speed of over 335 km/h.
The 599 GTO gains from the technological transfer from racing and it has in fact, set a record lap time at Fiorano in 1'24s.
When it comes to the new aerodynamic kit, Ferrari says the new 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 while on the flans the new side sills improve the efficiency of the central section of the underbody.
The kit also offers the 20-inch rims covered in high performance tires: front tires are now 285/30 on a 9.5" channel with 315/35 on an 11.5" channel at the rear. There is a new and lighter CCM2 braking system behind the rims.
The carmaker said that the new car features an impressive 100 to 0 km/h braking distance of only 32.5 meters. Inside, the car-driver interface was created to optimize car and driver performance with a layout of the main commands that guarantees absolute efficiency and minimum distraction.
The Racing manettino also focuses firmly on sporty, track-specific driving settings by offering the driver full choice with regard to the electronic control parameters.
The ICE position found on the 599 GTB Fiorano is replaced by the CT-Off (traction control off). We also see bespoke, longer carbon-fibre F1 paddles for easier use in high-speed driving as well as the Virtual Race Engineer, a system that monitors the status of the car and gives the driver immediate visibility of vehicle performance.