Novitec Rosso Ferrari 599 GTO coming to the 2011 Geneva Auto Show

Article by Christian Andrei, on February 28, 2011

Novitec Rosso has been working on the Ferrari 599 GTO and is now prepared to delight the visitors at the 2011 Geneva Auto Show with its tuning package that has boosted its output to 888 hp and 862 Nm. In factory stock form, the unit delivers 670 hp and 620 Nm.

Novitec Rosso gave the V12 powerplant a twin-compressor system, a large water-to-air intercooler with a dedicated water circuit, performance air filters a custom intake manifold, a custom exhaust system that features sound-adjusting function, and high-performance injectors.

A new ECU map manages all these elements. The vehicle is now able to sprint from zero to 62 mph (100 km/h) in 3.2 seconds and get from 0 to 124 mph (200 km/h) in 9.1 seconds. Its top speed is over 211 mph (340 km/h).

The vehicle features Novitec Rosso NF4 rims (front: 21-inch, rear: 22-inch) that are covered with Pirelli PZero tires (front: 295/25 and rear 335/25).

The tuner also added a set of sport springs that lowers the car, as well as a front axle lift system, which raises the nose of the vehicle by 40 mm. The Novitec Rosso Ferrari 599 GTO is dressed in a bespoke racing-inspired livery. Novitec Rosso offers numerous custom interior features to suit the customer’s preferences.

Thanks to the experiences gained by Ferrari’s engineers in Formula One and with the 599XX, they were able to increase the downforce on the Ferrari 599 GTO without resulting to more drag. In fact, by inheriting the solutions implemented on the 599XX, Ferrari enabled the GTO to generate a downforce of 144 kg at 200 km/h. Applying its F1 expertise, Ferrari further refined all sections of the road-going version of the 599 – its front and sides, even its underbody.

The carmaker also refined the cooling flows thanks to improved ducting to the brake discs and pads as well as the use of wheel doughnuts. These doughnuts -- essentially discs mounted outside the brake disc – help ensure that hot air coming from the wheel arch remains close to the body to reduce drag. When Ferrari worked on the nose of the GTO, it intended to narrow the wake generated by the front to further reduce drag.

Ferrari presented a front spoiler with a separate lower wing that helps magnify downforce at the front of the GTO. This lower wing also helps hike the flow of cooling air to the oil radiator. Meanwhile, the flanks of the 599 GTO feature a new sill design with a more pronounced leading edge, which enhances the efficiency of the central section of the car’s underbody. This underbody comes with a new double-curve rear diffuser and a new lower front section featuring front diffusers that help optimize downforce.

The Italian carmaker also made sure that the CCM2 braking system on the 599 GTO is now lighter and more consistent during high performance situations. This means that the ABS could be configured to a high performance level for improved deceleration and shorter stopping distances – leading to improved lap times. In terms of numbers, the Ferrari 599 GTO could decelerate from 100 to zero km/h in just 32.5 meters.

On the other hand, Ferrari fitted the 599 GTO with a car-driver interface featuring a main command layout that ensures optimal efficiency with minimal distraction. Its Racing manettino dials focus on sporty, track-specific driving settings by offering a full choice of electronic control parameters.

Ferrari has also replaced the ICE position with CT-Off (traction control off) and provided the car with bespoke, longer carbon-fiber F1 paddles. Moreover, the GTO is specified with the Virtual Race Engineer system that monitors its status and provides information regarding the vehicle’s performance.

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