Ferrari 599 GTO: official photos, details and specs

Article by Christian Andrei, on August 29, 2010

After few leaked photos, Ferrari finally unveiled its latest 599 GTO based on the 599XX, the advanced experimental track car. First of all let us tell you that the new car is going to be produced in a limited edition of just 599 units for 599 clients who seek the maximum expression of high-performance driving.

The GTO designation a.k.a. Gran Turismo Omologata instantly calls to mind two Ferraris that have entered the collective imagination as symbols of performance: the 1962 250 GTO and the 1984 GTO. Ok, so let's see what is under the hood of this baby!

According to the manufacturer, the car uses the same 5999 cc 65-degree V12 engine (compatible with Euro 5 and LEV 2 standards) found on the 599 GTB but capable to deliver 670 hp @ 8250 rpm and a maximum torque of 620 Nm at 6500 rpm.

The car also features 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 is capable to sprint from 0 to 100 km/h in just 3.35 seconds and has a top speed of over 335 km/h.

The 599 GTO benefits directly from the technological transfer from racing and set a record lap time at Fiorano in 1m24sec. Regarding 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 is completed by the 20" rims wrapped 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. Behind the rims we find a new and lighter CCM2 braking system. According to the manufacturer the new car boasts an excellent 100 to 0 km/h braking distance of just 32.5 metres.

Inside, the car-driver interface was designed to maximise car and driver performance with a layout of the main commands that ensures absolute efficiency and minimum distraction. The Racing manettino also puts the emphasis 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The ICE position found on the 599 GTB Fiorano has been replaced by the CT-Off (traction control off). Also, we find 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.

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