Ferrari 599 GTB Fiorano

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Ferrari 599 GTB Fiorano
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Overview
Manufacturer Ferrari
Production 2006–2012
Designer Frank Stephenson at Pininfarina[1]
Body and chassis
Class Sports car
Body style 2-seat berlinetta
Layout FMR layout
Related Ferrari 612 Scaglietti
Powertrain
Engine 6.0 L Tipo F140C V12 5999 cc
Transmission 6-speed manual
6-speed "F1" sequential
Dimensions
Wheelbase 2,750 mm (108.3 in)
Length 4,665 mm (183.7 in)
Width 1,962 mm (77.2 in)
Height 1,336 mm (52.6 in)
Curb weight 1,688 kg (3,721 lb)
Chronology
Predecessor Ferrari 575M Maranello
Successor Ferrari F12berlinetta

The Ferrari 599 (internal code F141) is an Italian sports car produced by Ferrari. It was the brand's two-seat flagship, replacing the 575M Maranello in 2006 as a 2007 model, but was replaced for the 2013 model year by the F12berlinetta.

Styled by Pininfarina under the direction of Ferrari's Frank Stephenson, the 599 GTB debuted at the Geneva Motor Show in February 2006. It is named for its total engine displacement (5999 cc), Gran Turismo Berlinetta nature, and the Fiorano Circuit test track used by Ferrari.

A 599 GTB Fiorano at Ferrari New Delhi dealership

Specifications[edit]

Drivetrain[edit]

The Tipo F140C 6.0 L (5999 cc) V12 engine produces a maximum 620 PS (456 kW; 612 hp), making it the most powerful series production Ferrari road car of the time. At the time of its introduction, this is one of the few engines whose output exceeds 100 hp per liter of displacement without any sort of forced-induction mechanism such as supercharging or turbocharging. Its 608 N·m (448 ft·lbf) of torque will also be a new record for Ferrari's GT cars. Most of the modifications to the engine were done to allow it to fit in the Fiorano's engine bay (the original Enzo version could be taller as it would not block forward vision due to its mid-mounted position).[2]

A traditional 6-speed manual transmission as well as Ferrari's 6-speed called "F1 SuperFast" is offered. The Fiorano also sees the debut of Ferrari's new traction control system, F1-Trac.

Engine Installation Type Make Bore/Stroke Compression Ratio Valve Gear Power Torque Red Line Power-to-Weight Ratio
Front Longitudinal V12, 5999 cc, petrol Aluminum Head and Block 92.0/75.2 mm 11.2:1 4 per cylinder 620 PS (456 kW; 612 hp) @ 7600 rpm 608 N·m (448 lb·ft) @ 5600 rpm 8400 rpm 367 PS (270 kW; 362 hp) per tonne
A 599 GTB Fiorano in Paris, France

Performance[edit]

Performance claimed by Ferrari.

  • 0-100 km/h (62 mph) in 3.7 seconds[3]
  • 0-200 km/h (124 mph) in 11.0 seconds[4]
  • Top speed: over 330 km/h (205 mph)

HGTE Package[edit]

Ferrari 599 HGTE

The full name is Ferrari 599 GTB Fiorano HGTE. An upgrade that improves the car's handling, meaning Handling Gran Turismo Evoluzione, includes a modified set-up with stiffer springs and rear anti-roll bar as well as new calibration settings for the Delphi MagneRide magneto-rheological shock absorbers when the manettino is at its sportier settings. The ride height has also been lowered, which lowers the car's center of gravity. The package also includes optimised tyres featuring a compound that offers improved grip. The car's electronics have also changed. The gearbox's shifts are faster in high-performance settings, while new engine software improved accelerator response. The exhaust silencer was modified to produce more marked and thrilling sound under hard usage while still delivering just the right comfort levels at cruising speed. The exterior and interior were upgraded with more carbon fiber components and it also includes new 20-inch wheels.[5]

599 GTO[edit]

Ferrari 599 GTO in Redmond, Washington, USA

On 8 April 2010, Ferrari announced official details of the 599 GTO.[6] The car is a road-going version of the 599XX and Ferrari says that the 599 GTO is their fastest road car ever, able to lap the Fiorano test circuit in 1 minute 24 seconds, one second faster than the Enzo Ferrari. Its engine produces 670 PS (493 kW; 661 bhp) at 8250 rpm, with 620 N·m (460 lb·ft) of torque at 6500 rpm.[7] Ferrari claims the 599 GTO can reach 100 km/h (62 mph) in under 3.35 seconds and has a top speed of over 335 km/h (208 mph).[7] At 1,605 kilograms (3,538 lb), the 599 GTO weighs almost 100 kg (220 lb) less than the standard GTB.[8] Production is limited to 599 cars. Of these, approximately 125 were produced for the United States market. Ferrari has given only two other models the GTO designation: the 1962 250 GTO and the 1984 288 GTO.[9] Unlike the previous GTOs however, the 599 GTO was not designed for homologation in any racing series.

599 SA Aperta[edit]

Ferrari SA Aperta in Redmond, Washington, USA

The convertible version of the 599, the SA Aperta, was introduced 2010 Paris Motor Show as a unique one-off collection in honor of designers Sergio Pininfarina and Andrea Pininfarina. Only 80 examples were released.[10] The SA Aperta used the higher performance engine from the 599 GTO.[11]

Power @ rpm Torque @ rpm Acceleration to 100 km/h Top speed
493 kW (670 PS; 661 hp) at 8250 rpm 620 N·m (460 lb·ft) at 6500 rpm 3.6 sec 325 km/h (202 mph)

599XX[edit]

Ferrari 599XX, 2010 Canadian International AutoShow, behind a California.

The 599XX (A Beautiful car) is a car designed for track use only and is not street legal, based on 599 GTB. The rev. limiter is raised to 9000 rpm, with the engine rated for 730 PS (540 kW; 720 hp) at 9000 rpm. Weight is reduced by reducing the weight of the engine unit components, the use of composite materials, and the use of carbon-fiber body parts and brake pads. A new gearbox shift strategy is introduced to cut overall gear change time to 60 ms. Aerodynamics were retuned to give more downforce (280 kg (617 lb) at 200 km/h, 630 kg (1,389 lb) at 300 km/h). The car also includes 29/67 R19 front and 31/71 R19 rear tyres with 19 × 11J wheel rims at the front and 19 × 12J at the rear.

The car was unveiled at the 2009 Geneva Auto Show.[5]

Ferrari announced at the 2010 Beijing International Auto Show that the 599XX had completed the Nordschleife circuit at the Nürburgring in a time of 6 minutes and 58.16 seconds - the fastest time ever recorded for a production-derived sports car.[12] (video here)[13]

599XX EVO[edit]

On November 10, 2011, the first images of the 599XX EVO surfaced, featuring a radically restyled aero and exhaust package as well as electronic upgrades and Pirelli tyres. On 1 December 2011 Ferrari confirmed details for the 599XX "with evolution package" in preparation for the 2011 Bologna Motor Show.[14] It weighs 35 kg less than a standard 599XX and has slightly improved peak power (740BHP) and torque (700Nm). One of the key features of the EVO is its active rear wing which can adjust automatically to provide increased cornering performance. It costs £160,000 on top of the £1m-plus entry cost for the privilege.

599 GTB 60F1[edit]

In December 2011, Ferrari announced a special edition 599 GTB to celebrate 60 years of F1 wins. From Froilán González's win at Silverstone in 1951 with the 375 F1, to Fernando Alonso's win at Silverstone in 2011 in the 150° Italia, Ferrari have been winning hundreds of F1 races. The car is based on the 599 HGTE chassis, meaning tougher suspension, shorter springs and stiffer anti-roll bars. The new 20" diamond-finished forged alloy wheels and Scuderia Ferrari shields come on the body. There are three choices of paint finishes to choose from: 1) The colors of the 375 F1 - darker and standing out more than Ferrari Rosso; 2) The colors of the 150° Italia, with the Italian tricolore styled mini spoiler at the back and the white parts of the front spoiler on the body; 3) Another version of the 150° Italia but without the white a-pillars.[15] The seats in Europe will be Sabelt bucket seats whereas in the Americas there will be Recaro seats, both being made from Alcantara material.[16]

One off models[edit]

P540 Superfast Aperta[edit]

The P540 Superfast Aperta is a one off model commissioned by Edward Walson. This car represents the second car in Ferrari's Special Project program.

Superamerica 45[edit]

Ferrari Superamerica 45

This one off car, designed internally at Ferrari, was built for long time Ferrari enthusiast Peter Kalikow commemorating his 45 years as a Ferrari client.

It features a rotating carbon fibre hardtop roof which incorporates a rear screen. The boot, also made from carbon fibre, has been redesigned to house the roof when open and to increase downforce at the rear of the car. As well as being finished in Blu Antille, other key visual features include; a chromed front grille, body coloured wheels, carbon fibre panels and special burnished alluminum A-pillars, wing mirrors and door handles.

The interior features a combination of Cuoio leather trim and Blu Scuro carbon fibre as well as a latest-generation touch-screen infotainment system.

Hybrid[edit]

Ferrari 599 HY KERS at 2010 Geneva Motor Show

Motor Authority reported that Ferrari president Luca Cordero di Montezemolo was working on the development of a Ferrari that will use alternative energy sources and which will be based on what Ferrari is doing in Formula 1, which uses Kinetic Energy Recovery System. The KERS was tested using a prototype 599.[17]

Production[edit]

The last Ferrari vehicle with manual transmission, a 599 GTB Fiorano, was delivered to a UK customer in January 2012.[18] Prior to the last order, no manual transmission model had been sold in the UK market.[19]

Awards[edit]

  • Evo magazine named the 599 GTB as the Car of the Year for 2006.[20]
  • Top Gear Magazine also named the 599 GTB as the Supercar of the Year 2006.

Replacement[edit]

Main article: Ferrari F12berlinetta

The 599 replacement was announced on 29 February 2012, a few days prior to the Geneva Motor Show. Ferrari released a video featuring Fernando Alonso and Felipe Massa driving the car at Ferrari's own test track, the Pista di Fiorano.[21] The replacement vehicle, the F12berlinetta, was officially unveiled at the Geneva Motor Show on March 6, 2012.[22]

References[edit]

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  2. ^ Isotropic, Ed (2006-12-27). "Sneak Peek: Ferrari 599 GTB". Consumerism. Retrieved 2011-04-09. 
  3. ^ "Technical specifications". ferrariworld.com. Retrieved 2008-02-08. 
  4. ^ Ferrari 599GTB Fiorano official site FerrariWorld.Com Accessed February 28, 2006
  5. ^ a b Joseph, Noah (2009-03-03). "Geneva 2009: Ferrari 599XX is our kind of menace to society". Autoblog.com. Retrieved 2009-04-18. 
  6. ^ "Ferrari 599 GTO: official details". AUSmotive.com. 2010-04-08. Retrieved 2010-09-27. 
  7. ^ a b "08.04.2010 NEW MODEL: FERRARI 599 GTO". www.italiaspeed.com/2010/cars. Retrieved 2010-04-09. 
  8. ^ Taylor, Michael (June 21, 2010). "Almost Heaven: Is Ferrari's GTO the Best Ever?". AutoWeek 60 (12): 20. 
  9. ^ Monticello, Mike (August 2010). "2011 Ferrari 599 GTO". Road & Track 61 (12): 62. 
  10. ^ "Ferrari 599 SA Aperta at Sybarites". Sybarites.org. Retrieved 2010-09-27. 
  11. ^ "Ferrari unveils 599 SA APERTA". Auto Express. 24 September 2010. Retrieved 21 October 2013. 
  12. ^ "Record of the Ferrari 599XX at the Nürburgring announced in Beijing". Ferrari.com. 
  13. ^ "video of the record lap on YouTube". 
  14. ^ "Bologna 2011: Ferrari 599XX evolution package". AUSmotive.com. Retrieved 2011-12-01. 
  15. ^ Pollard, Tim (8 December 2011). "Ferrari 599 GTB 60F1 (2011) first official pictures". Car Magazine. Retrieved 21 May 2012. 
  16. ^ "Ferrari launches 599 GTB'60F1' - BBC Top Gear". topgear.com. Retrieved 2011-12-09. 
  17. ^ "Ferrari confirms 599 hybrid prototype in testing". Motorauthority.com. Retrieved 2009-04-18. 
  18. ^ 2013 Ferrari California
  19. ^ Ferrari click-clack manual transmissions, RIP
  20. ^ "evo Car of the Year 2006 Ferrari 599 GTB Fiorano". Evo. Retrieved 29 October 2013. 
  21. ^ "29 February 2012 - The most powerful Ferrari ever is about to take shape". ferrari.com. Retrieved 2012-02-21. 
  22. ^ "2013 Ferrari F12 Berlinetta First Look - Motor Trend". Motor Trend. 

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