Just as the Ferrari 458 Italia was unveiled, we get another supercar from Ferrari; the 599 GTO is a real beast, to put it simply. It is the fastest street car that Ferrari has ever built.
The 599 GTO will be limited to a production run of only 599 cars. Clients will be lucky to own a very exclusive car that does a lap time of 0:1:24 Fiorano, Ferrari’s private track near Maranello. To put that time into perspective, it is almost a second ahead of the great Ferrari Enzo.
The 599 GTO has a great combination of high power and low weight which allows it to reach the levels of performance it has set for itself. 670hp in a 1495kg car represents a weight-to-power ratio of just 2.23kg /hp and ensures a 0-100 km/ hour acceleration time of just 3.35 seconds and a top speed of over 335km/ hour.
The Ferrari 599 GTO’s engine is directly derived from the Ferrari 599XX unit, implementing, however, the necessary modifications for road-going homologation. It thus complies with Euro 5 and LEV 2 standards. The 5999cc 65-degree V12 engine punches out 500kw at 8250rpm with a maximum torque of 620Nm at 6500rpm. The Ferrari 599 GTO features the same, lower 60ms shift times and the possibility to make multiple downshifts, as with the 599XX.
Apart from new springs and a stiffer, rear anti-roll bar, the car also features a second generation magnetorheological suspension control system (SCM2). The suspension works in tandem with the VDC (Vehicle Dynamic Control) and latest-generation F1-Trac traction control. This makes the car extremely responsive to driver inputs (thanks, in part, to the adoption of a very direct steering ratio) but also very stable under braking, sharper on turn-in, more precise in cornering and quicker out of corners.
Work on the nose of the car was aimed at reducing the width of the wake generated by the front and thus reduces drag. The front spoiler incorporates a separate, lower wing that increases down-force at the front of the car and increases the flow of cooling air to the oil radiator. On the flanks there’s a new sill design with a more pronounced leading edge that improves the efficiency of the central section of the underbody. The underbody itself incorporates a new, lower front section with diffusers ahead of the front wheels to optimise down force, as well as a new double-curve rear diffuser.
The GTO is fitted with bespoke and longer carbon-fibre F1 paddles for easier use in high-speed driving. In addition, the GTO also features the Virtual Race Engineer, a system that monitors the status of the car and gives the driver immediate visibility of vehicle performance.