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Ferrari 599XX smashes Nurburgring Record

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26th April, 2010

The Ferrari 599XX is the first ever production-derived sports car to break the 7-minute barrier on the classic Nürburgring Nordschleife 20.832 km circuit, lapping in 6 min 58.16 sec.

The new record was set on 21st April 2010 with Ferrari road car test driver Raffaele de Simone behind the 'wheel', beating a time of 6 minutes 58.5 seconds set by German Touring Car Driver Florian Gruber in another Ferrari 599XX. These times are both faster than Ferrari 312T Formula One car driven by Niki Lauda in a time of 6 minutes 58.6 seconds that put the Austrian legend on pole position for the 1975 Grand Prix, the best ever time for an F1 car on the Nürburgring Nordschleife circuit.

With 154 corners, notorious sections such as Flugplatz, Berwerk and Caracciola Karussell, the Nürburgring Nordschleife plunges through the pine forests of the Eifel Mountains, providing drivers with few reference points. It influced Sir Jackie Stewart to name the track ‘the green hell’ and he indicated he would never do more laps than were absolutely necessary. It remains the ultimate test of a car’s all-round performance ability and, unlike most race tracks, the track produces cars that also perform well on the road. As the home of German motor sport and an international legend, Ferrari have long used the track for racing and testing. It is, therefore an attraction for Ferrari enthusiasts.

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The Ferrari 599XX, which inspired the 599 GTO, is an extreme berlinetta designed for track but not official competition use, and is a veritable technological laboratory incorporating a number of innovative solutions. Some of these will remain the exclusive preserve of the 599XX while others have already filtered down to the new 599 GTO, which debuted on 14th April in Modena (Italy) when Ferrari hosted a by invitation only function for numerous customers. The features include the wheel doughnuts derived from F1 which serve two purposes - to reduce turbulence and thus drag, and improve brake cooling.

Powered by a development of the V12 engine used by the 599 GTB Fiorano, the 599XX features Ferrari's High-Performance Dynamic Concept, a novel integrated design and chassis set-up that uses sophisticated electronics to govern the mechanical limits of the handling for maximum performance.

On the aerodynamics front, the car sees the introduction for the first time of the Actiflow™ System that increases downforce and/or cuts drag depending on the car’s trim during cornering. This, together with other careful detailing, ensures that the 599XX boasts extraordinary levels of downforce - up to 630 kg at 300 km/h.


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