Ferrari 599 GTO will be Ferrari's fastest ever road car; full tech details; pictures
23 April 2010

This is the Ferrari 599 GTO, the company's fastest ever road-going car.

The GTO is powered by a 661bhp six-litre V12 with 457lb ft of torque, propelling it to 60mph from standing in just 3.4secs and on to a top speed of 208mph. It is linked to a six-speed gearbox which can shift in 60 milliseconds.

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The car delivers peak power at 8250rpm, but Ferrari says fluid dynamics and component improvements mean there is no loss of flexibility even at low and medium revs.

In order to achieve its pace, Ferrari says the car, which will be limited to just 599 units, shares more with the hardcore track-focused 599XX than the production model 599.

Examples of this cross-over of knowledge include the car's ability to generate 144kg of downforce at 120mph, says Ferrari. This has been achieved through changes to the nose of the car, where a front spoiler incorporates a separate lower wing, and the adoption of F1 style wheel doughnuts, a disc positioned outside the brake disc, that ensure hot air exiting the wheel arch stays close to the side of the body and reduces drag.

By using thinner aluminium and glass, Ferrari has also been able to save weight over the standard 599. Coupled with the carbon-ceramic brakes, and lightweight transmission and exhaust systems, the 599 GTO has a dry weight of 1495kg, and delivers a power-to-weight ratio of 448bhp per tonne.

The main changes from the standard 599 are focused on the chassis, however, with Ferrari engineers keen to find the optimum balance between electronic driver aids and a body set-up fine-tuned to be close to the limit.

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Ferrari claims that the result is “the almost complete absence of understeer and a truly communicative chassis.”

An indication of the car's pace is given by its lap record beating run around Ferrari's test track at Fiorano. The company claims it lapped the circuit in 1min 24sec - a second faster than the previous record set in a Ferrari Enzo.

Inside the cabin, the GTO has been fitted with longer and more user-friendly carbonfibre gearshift paddles. While the standard 599 has an 'ice' traction setting, it is replaced in the 599 GTO by a CT-Off function which turns traction control off.

The car is also fitted with Virtual Race Engineer, which monitors the status of the car and gives feedback on vehicle performance.

Ferrari has used the GTO tag, which stands for Gran Turismo Omologata, twice before, for the 250 GTO released in 1962 and the GTO, released in 1984.

No prices have been released, but a leaked brochure for the car last month - which Ferrari denied was accurate - suggested a starting price of around £285,000.

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Andrew Papworth

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8 April 2010

yes, very nice for the rich.

now can you concentrate on something much cheaper in the vain of the Dino 246, you may sell more than 599

8 April 2010

When since was volume preferable to something like this?

Volume is a rocky road.

8 April 2010

I can't see how this car can justify the O part in GTO. Is it a homologation special or not?

Also, the talk about it beating the Enzo's Fiorano lap time is a joke. This is just Ferrari's PR department trying to make it look really fast. The thing is they did exactly the same thing with the 430 scuderia (which does 1:23.9 BTW). So the record is held by the Scuderia, not the Enzo and this ultra expensive special is slower than it's less expensive brother...

8 April 2010

"An indication of the car's pace is given by its lap record beating run around Ferrari's test track at Fiorano. The company claims it lapped the circuit in 1min 24sec - a second faster than the previous record set in a Ferrari Enzo"

WOW! Ferrari is on a roll, every new car they release is either a match for the Enzo or faster than it. A Cynic may say this is a bit of shiny shiny hastily put together to try & knock the new McLaren out the spotlight but Ferrari wouldn't do that I'm sure.

8 April 2010

"adoption of F1 style wheel doughnuts"

This is what sepuarates McLaren & Ferrari

The McLaren way would call them something like


But the Ferrari way is

Hey, Mario what should we call the wheel thingys, eh, letsa call it a w'eel doughnut

Either one works for or against you!


8 April 2010

Well, yes, it's very nice, but somehow it lacks soul.

When the 288GTO was unveiled it made my balls ache. It was stunning, like a 308/328 with the volume turned up to max. I guess the point is that the 288GTO was based on the shape of an already stunning car. Unfortunately the 599 is not such a beauty. I'm sure the 599GTO is going to be a masterpiece, and it does look great in a technical kind of way, but do I want one? No, not really.

8 April 2010

Yes please. Although i might not pay the £7,000 for optional racing stripes...

8 April 2010

[quote cornflakes99]Airflow

I see what you did there or is that a pure coincidence? :)

While this GTO might not have the grace and beauty as most ferrari's, I like the agressive styling. I think it works well considering it's basically a track road car.

8 April 2010

compare this rather elegant feline ferrari to the fat overweight aston martin / bentley. aha. it might be about saving british jobs, but the italians win.



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