Ferrari 599 successor will use aluminum instead of carbon fiber

Article by Christian Andrei, on December 14, 2011

Although most sports cars manufacturers are struggling to reduce the weight of their cars by using carbon fiber, it appears that Ferrari will go against this trend for the 599 GTB Fiorano successor codenamed F152. According to the latest reports, the Italian manufacturer doesn’t think that carbon fiber present enough weight saving to justify the difficulty in repair in case of a crash. As a result, the F152 will use plenty of aluminum.

Although it seems to be a strange move for Ferrari, we do believe that the Italian engineers know what they are doing. Ferrari’s main Italian rival, Lamborghini, invested plenty of many in carbon-fiber composites and techniques.

Moreover, the new Ferrari F152 will use plenty of parts from the FF, such as an upgraded version of the V12 engine as well as the same seven-speed dual-clutch gearbox.

The 599 successor is expected to deliver 725 hp. For those who don’t know, the 6.2-liter V12 engine found on the Ferrari FF delivers 660 hp @ 8,000 rpm and 683 Nm of torque. With this numbers, the FF is able to hit 100 km/h (62 mph) in 3.7 seconds and has a top speed of 335 km/h or 208 mph. The new Ferrari 599 successor is expected to debut at the 2012 Geneva Motor Show, the same period Lamborghini will reveal the Aventador LP700-4 Roadster.

A sculptural masterpiece, the new Ferrari 599 GTB Fiorano features a form that exudes intense sportiness as well as distinct sophistication. Its interior has been skillfully handcrafted and personalized that it results to a fine balance between its sporty nature and its occupants’ sense of intimacy and safety. For instance, the area and controls for the driver now feature carbon-fiber and aluminum detailing while the areas for the passengers come with leather trim.

As it is, the new Ferrari 599 GTB Fiorano is provided with Ferrari’s steering wheel and manettino combo as well as a solid aluminium passenger controls and central rev counter in either red or yellow background. Moreover, the new Ferrari 599 GTB Fiorano now includes new adaptive racing seats with carbon-fiber side rests as well as a central grip for extra passenger support. In addition, the new Ferrari 599 GTB Fiorano comes with electrically adjustable steering-wheel column, dusk and rain sensors, hideaway radio/CD player and dual-zone climate control.

It also features front bi-xenon headlamps, rear LED lights, and key with integrated volumetric anti-theft device with motion sensors. Customers wanting to further personalize their Ferrari 599 GTB Fiorano could avail of the four available personalization options: Racing and Track, Interior and Materials, Equipment and Travel, and Exteriors and Colors.

Racing and Track options include a cockpit roll-bar, four-point harnesses, 20-inch Challenge one-piece wheels wrapped in run-flat tires, CCM (Carbon Ceramic Material) brakes, colored brake calipers and Scuderia wheel arch shields. Interior and Materials options include a special carbon-fiber trim kit for the door panels, gear stick surround, instrument panel and sill kick panels.

Also included is a new Enzo Ferrari-inspired carbon-fiber steering wheel with LED rev display. Interior and Materials options also include different types of leather trim for the seats and interior. Travel and Equipment options, on the other hand, include front and rear parking sensors, satellite anti-theft system, an exclusive luggage set and iPod-friendly set-up.

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