Ferrari 599 GTO arrives locally
10th January, 2011
Australia's first Ferrari 599 GTO, the fastest ever road car
produced by the Italian car company, has arrived in the country. It is one of just ten of the model
arriving for delivery for the Australian and New Zealand buyers.
“The Ferrari 599 GTO represents the pinnacle of Ferrari road cars in every area,” says Kevin Wall,
General Manager for Ferrari in Australia and New Zealand. “The bald performance figures, amazing although
they are, do not do justice to the remarkable breadth of abilities that it offers. These range from being
able to provide a true racing car driving experience on the track, through being the ultimate road going
ultra super car to having the comfort and luggage space that quite simply would not be expected in a car of
this performance level.”
“In short, only Ferrari could provide a car with the breadth and depth of ability with which the 599
GTO has been endowed, using Formula One technology and design that has then been honed to perfection in the
unique FXX programme,” says Mr Wall.
Although slower than a
for a 0-100 km/h run, the 6 litre V12 Ferrari 599 GTO can demolish the task in 3.3 seconds. But it can lap
the Fiorano Ferrari test track faster than any other Ferrari road car.
One of the Australian Ferrari 599 GTO ultra super cars has been finished in a complete matt finish with
the matt black body colour contrasted with a central, lengthways matt white racing stripe.
The Ferrari 599 GTO is an exclusive limited edition special which is a completely new concept, albeit
inspired by a production car. In fact, the 599 GTO is based on the 599XX, the advanced experimental track
car, and can be considered almost a road-going version of that mobile testbed.
The 599 GTO is reserved for just 599 clients who seek the maximum expression of high performance driving.
The 599 GTO benefits directly from the technological transfer from racing and set a record lap time at
Fiorano in 1’24”. The Fiorano lap time provides just one indication of the potential of this car.
Just as significant are the technical specifications – 500 kW (670 hp) in a 1,495 kg car represents a
weight-to-power ratio of just 2.23 kg/hp, and ensures a 0-100 km/h acceleration time of just 3.35 seconds
as well as a top speed of over 335 km/h.
Fundamental to the GTO’s performance is the innovative approach to chassis development which, for the
first time on a production car, saw the integration between a handling set-up tuned for a level of
responsiveness that is close to the limit and highly sophisticated electronic controls. The result is the
almost complete absence of understeer and a truly communicative chassis.
As is Ferrari’s policy, every new Ferrari features new solutions for a road car. Thus the 599 GTO is
equipped with the latest, second-generation carbon-ceramic brakes which are lighter and offer better
performance, new aerodynamic innovations, such as the wheel doughnuts which increase aerodynamic
efficiency as well as improve brake cooling, and a different tyre set-up with wider front tyres for greater
roadholding. The driver-car interface is also new with the adoption of the Virtual Race Engineer (VRE)
which provides the driver with instantaneous information on performance.
The 599 GTO’s more aggressive character is also apparent in a number of styling elements that recall the
599XX and from the powerful sound of the V12. The GTO (Gran Turismo Omologata) monicker instantly calls to
mind two Ferraris that have entered the collective imagination as symbols of performance. After the 1962
250 GTO, which swept the boards in GT racing categories in the 1960s and is now a prized collector’s car,
came the 1984 GTO.