Ferrari 575M Maranello

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Ferrari 575M Maranello
Ferrari575M.jpg
Overview
ManufacturerFerrari
Production2002–2006
2,056 (575M)
559 (Superamerica)
DesignerLorenzo Ramaciotti at Pininfarina
Body and chassis
ClassGrand tourer (S)
Body style2-door berlinetta
2-door retractable hard-top convertible (Superamerica)
LayoutFront-engine, rear-wheel-drive
Powertrain
Engine5.7 L Tipo F133E/G V12
Transmission6-speed manual
6-speed 'F1' electrohydraulic manual
Dimensions
Wheelbase2,500 mm (98.4 in)
Length4,550 mm (179.1 in)
Width1,935 mm (76.2 in)
Height1,277 mm (50.3 in)
Curb weight1,853 kg (4,085 lb)[1]
1,905 kg (4,200 lb) (Superamerica)[2]
Chronology
PredecessorFerrari 550 Maranello
SuccessorFerrari 599 GTB Fiorano

The Ferrari 575M Maranello[3] (Type F133) is a two-seat, two-door, grand tourer manufactured by Italian automobile manufacturer Ferrari. Launched in 2002, it is essentially an updated 550 Maranello featuring minor styling changes from Pininfarina. The 575M was replaced by the 599 GTB in the first half of 2006.

Ferrari 575M Maranello (rear)

Updates from the 550 included a redesigned interior and substantial mechanical improvements, including bigger brake discs, a larger and more powerful engine, improved weight distribution, refined aerodynamics and fluid-dynamics along with an adaptive suspension set-up (the four independent suspensions are also controlled by the gearbox, to minimize pitch throughout the 200-milliseconds shift time). Two six-speed transmissions were available, a conventional manual gearbox and, for the first time on a Ferrari V12, Magneti Marelli's semi-automatic (Electrohydraulic manual) 'F1' gearbox. The 575 model number refers to total engine displacement in litres, whilst the 'M' is an abbreviation of modificato ("modified").

For 2005, the company developed a new GTC handling package and a Superamerica version (a limited run of 559 retractable hardtop variants of the coupé), along with raising the power from 515 PS (379 kW; 508 hp) to 540 PS (397 kW; 533 hp).

A total of 2,056 cars were produced, including 246 with manual transmissions.[4]

Specifications[edit]

Engine[5][6][edit]

The F133E V12 Engine

Performance[edit]

Interior with F1 paddleshift gearbox
  • Maximum speed: 325 km/h (202 mph)
  • 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph): 4.2 seconds
  • 0–400 m: 12.25 seconds
  • 0-1,000 m: 21.9 seconds

All figures for F1 gearbox (+0.05 second for manual gearbox)

Dimensions[3][edit]

  • Front track: 1,632 mm (64.3 in)
  • Rear track: 1,586 mm (62.4 in)
  • Fuel capacity: 105 L (27.7 US gal)

GTC handling package[edit]

The GTC package included Ferrari's fourth Carbon fibre-reinforced Silicon Carbide (C/SiC) composite ceramic brake system, made by Brembo (the first 3 being featured on the Challenge Stradale, F430 and Enzo) as well as a more performance-tuned suspension system, low-restriction exhaust system, and unique 19 inch wheels. The new brakes were based on the company's Formula One technology. They used discs measuring 15.7 inches with six-piston calipers at the front and discs measuring 14.2 inches with four-piston calipers at the rear.

Superamerica[edit]

Ferrari Superamerica

Introduced in 2005, the Ferrari Superamerica was a convertible version of the 575M Maranello; it featured an electrochromic glass panel roof which rotated 180° at the rear to lie flat over the boot taking 60 seconds for operation. Patented Revocromico the roof incorporates carbon fibre structure that is hinged on the single axis with a luggage compartment lid, allowing the access to the latter even with an open roof. The roof was manufactured in collaboration with French glass specialist Saint Gobain. With the roof open, the rear window, apart for holding the third stop light, also acts as a wind deflector. This roof design was previously used on 2001 Vola, designed by Leonardo Fioravanti. The Superamerica used the higher-output tune of the V12 engine used on the 575M, codenamed the F133 G, rated at 540 PS (397 kW; 533 hp) and Ferrari marketed it as the world's fastest convertible car, with a top speed of 320 km/h (199 mph). The GTC handling package was optional.[7]

Total production amounted to 559 units; this number followed Enzo Ferrari's philosophy that there should always be one fewer car available than what the market demanded;[7] only 43 of those had a manual gearbox.

575 GTZ[edit]

A special 575M was built by Zagato for Japanese Ferrari collector Yoshiyuki Hayashi, and announced at the 2006 Geneva Motor Show.[8] Designed to recall the 250 GT Berlinetta Zagato and commemorate the 50th anniversary of the 250 range, the GTZ was officially endorsed by Ferrari and includes Zagato's trademark double-bubble roofline, custom coach made body work recalling the styling of the Ferrari models of the 1960s and two-tone paint scheme. Six cars were built in total. The mechanical components were unchanged.

Motorsports[edit]

Ferrari 575 GTC

In 2003, Ferrari announced the sale of several 575M-based racing cars, known as the 575 GTC (not to be confused with the 575M GTC Handling Package). Following the success of Prodrive built 550 based racing cars, Ferrari wished to offer their own racing car to customers. Introduced at the 2003 Frankfurt Motor Show, the 575 GTC was a modified 575M specially developed for the FIA GT Championship in collaboration with N Technology. Changes to the car included additional cooling vents on the front in order to cool the larger 6.0-litre V12 engine, an integrated roll-cage, a wider rear track, carbon-fibre body panels, a large fixed rear wing with a Gurney flap, a front splitter and rear diffuser, a 6-speed Xtrac sequential manual transmission and the use of carbon-fibre racing seats and lexan windows. The modifications allowed the car to achieve the dry weight of 1,148 kg (2,530 lb). The GTC shared the same tubular steel structure as the 575M.

The modified engine was shared with the 550 GTS and generated a power output of 608 PS (447 kW; 600 hp) at 6,000 rpm and 730 N⋅m (538 lb⋅ft) of torque at 5,200 rpm. The increase in power was achieved by installing new camshafts and using a Magneti Marelli fuel injection system in place of the Bosch Motronic unit. A top speed of 335 km/h (208 mph) was possible albeit modifications in the aerodynamic components.[9][10]

Used primarily in the FIA GT Championship, the 575 GTC managed to take a single win in its first season, the Estoril 2003 race, followed by another lone win in 2004.[9] Unfortunately the 575 GTC was not as capable as the Prodrive-built 550 GTS, and would fall from use by the end of 2005.[citation needed]

The 575 GTC was used as a test bed in the development of the Ferrari XX programme.[11]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Car and Driver Ferrari 575M Maranello F1 Road Test" (PDF).
  2. ^ "Car and Driver Ferrari Superamerica First Drive Review".
  3. ^ a b "575M Maranello". Ferrari.com. Retrieved July 24, 2009.
  4. ^ "RM Sotheby's - 2003 Ferrari 575M Maranello". rmsothebys.com. Retrieved 2019-01-27.
  5. ^ "2002 Ferrari 575M Maranello F1". carfolio.com. February 28, 2013. Retrieved July 26, 2018.
  6. ^ "2002 Ferrari 575 M Maranello F1". automobile-catalog.com. Retrieved July 26, 2018.
  7. ^ a b Bovingdon, Jethro; Morgan, Andy (6 June 2005). "Ferrari 575M Superamerica". Evo. Retrieved 24 January 2019.
  8. ^ "Hey Jealousy: Japanese Collector Nabs Zagato Ferrari Special". Edmunds.com. Retrieved April 14, 2006.
  9. ^ a b "Ferrari 575 GTC". Retrieved 24 January 2019.
  10. ^ "2004 Ferrari 575 GTC". Retrieved 24 January 2019.
  11. ^ https://www.goodwood.com/grrc/event-coverage/festival-of-speed/2016/6/ferrari-575-gtc/

Sources[edit]

  • Holmes, Mark (2007). Ultimate Convertibles: Roofless Beauty. London: Kandour. pp. 70–73. ISBN 978-1-905741-62-5.