Ferrari 599-VX by Vorsteiner

Article by Christian Andrei, on August 28, 2011

Tuning firm Vorsteiner is set on creating an entire lineup of applications for Ferrari cars, starting with the Ferrari 599-VX. This project makes use of lightweight aerodynamics, performance exhaust and wheels. It has always been Vorsteiner’s philosophy to enhance the car and to not compromise any functionality, quality and performance.

But what could be considered as the main breakthrough in this project are its technological advanced features instead of its pleasant look.

Its body kit is lighter by 70% compared to the factory vehicle. Vorsteiner used a front fascia, a custom racing hood, rear fender intake covers, rear deck lid wing and a rear bumper with diffuser. The latest carbon technology will be used for each of the 599-VX aerodynamic components to reduce the weight considerably.

The car will also be fitted with a limited edition 1-Piece Forged Monoblock wheel that Vorsteiner had specifically built for this unit.

Meguiars & Wraptivo had re-masked the entire exterior skin of the car, making use of flex vinyl technology in matte glacier white color with contrasting matte black roof line. It also has red racing accents as a nod to the racing prowess of Ferrari. Vorsteiner and BBI built the 599-VX exhaust from the ground up to fit the redesigned rear bumper replacement.

The all-aluminum two-seater Ferrari 599 GTB Fiorano has the capability to accelerate from zero to 100 km/h in just 3.7 seconds and reach a top speed of over 330 km/h. Aside from this capability, the new 599 GTB Fiorano boasts of having supreme handling, driving enjoyment and sportiness. How this new Ferrari got its name tells of its creation. The number “599” refers to the displacement of its V12 engine divided by 10; the initials GTB stand for Gran Turismo Berlinetta; and Fiorano is derived from the circuit where the sports carmaker tests and fine tunes its track and road cars.

During the design phase of the Ferrari 599 GTB Fiorano, Ferrari set a number of objectives. First, the Ferrari 599 GTB Fiorano should be able to exceed the intense driving pleasure offered by renowned Ferrari models like the Ferrari F40. Second, the Ferrari 599 GTB Fiorano should be able to deliver high standards of comfort, ergonomics, spaciousness and safety. Third, the Ferrari 599 GTB Fiorano should be able to ensure stunning performance with its innovative content and technology, courtesy of its F1 cousins.

These objectives were successfully achieved, allowing the 599 GTB Fiorano to set a benchmark of excellence in the world of sports cars and stand tall in terms of Ferrari sportiness and technology. Serving as the core of the Ferrari 599 GTB Fiorano is a V12 engine with a displacement of 5999 cc and a specific power output of 103 hp/liter.

Each cylinder bank has twin overhead camshafts with continuously variable timing on both inlet and exhaust cams, which allows for optimal torque delivery at both low and high revs. With center of gravity kept low by a twin-plate, low inertia clutch, the engine features a maintenance-free chain driven distribution that helps reduce noise. This V12 engine – with a maximum engine speed of 8,400 rpm -- could develop up to 620 hp of output at 7,600 rpm up to 608 Nm of torque at 5,600 rpm.

Ferrari also paid attention to the fuel efficiency of the V12 engine, which despite generating more power than the previous model, consumes the same amount of fuel. Moreover, Ferrari paid particular attention to the audio performance of the engine, choosing a pure V12 soundtrack from both the intake manifold and the exhaust system.

One amazing thing about the new Ferrari 599 GTB Fiorano is that its V12 engine is mated to a new generation F1 transmission -- the F1-SuperFast system -- that is considered an evolution of the F1 gearbox currently used by all Ferrari models. This gearbox employs elastic energy within the transmission components – with help from the integrated electronic engine and gearbox management programs -- to reduce the time needed to change gears.

This superb fast gear shifting capability is also backed by the fact that gears are changed in a parallel or non-sequential manner. Figure-wise, it takes just 100 ms for the system to shift gears. Integrated with the manettino, the F1-SuperFast system allows for either the Automatic mode or the Launch Control setting, the latter offering much smoother starts from a standstill.

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