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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 Nissan GT-R 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.

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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.


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