Ferrari 575M Maranello

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Ferrari 575M Maranello
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Overview
ManufacturerFerrari
Production2002–2006
(2,056 produced)
DesignerLorenzo Ramaciotti at Pininfarina
Body and chassis
ClassGrand tourer (S)
Body style2-door berlinetta
2-door targa top (Superamerica)
LayoutFront-engine, rear-wheel-drive
Powertrain
Engine5.7 L Tipo F133E 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] is a two-seat, two-door, grand tourer built by 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 renewed interior, but with substantial improvements mechanically, 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 coupe), along with raising the power from 515 PS (379 kW; 508 hp) to 540 PS (397 kW; 533 hp).

2,056 575M's were produced, including 177 with manual transmissions.

Specifications[edit]

Engine[4][5][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 15.7 in discs with six-piston calipers in front and 14.2 in discs with four-piston calipers in the rear.

Superamerica[edit]

Ferrari Superamerica
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2005 Ferrari Superamerica
Overview
ManufacturerFerrari
Production2005–2006
Body and chassis
Body styleRetractable hardtop coupe
Powertrain
Engine5.7 L (5,748 cc) Tipo F133G V12
Power output540 PS (533 bhp; 397 kW)
Ferrari Superamerica
Interior

Introduced in 2005, the Ferrari Superamerica was a convertible version of the 575M Maranello; it featured an electrochromic glass panel roof which rotated 180° (both are production car firsts)[citation needed] at the rear to lie flat over the boot. Patented Revocromico 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. 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-designed Vola by Leonardo Fioravanti. The Superamerica used the higher-output tune of the V12 engine, F133 G, rated at 533 hp (397 kW; 540 PS) and Ferrari marketed it as the world's fastest convertible, with a top speed of 199 mph (320 km/h). The GTC handling package was optional.

A total of 559 Superamericas were built; this number followed Enzo Ferrari's philosophy that there should always be one fewer car available than what the market demanded;[citation needed] 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.[6] 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 and two-tone paint. Six cars were built in total.

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 in running the Ferrari 550, Ferrari wished to offer their own racing car to customers. Used primarily in the FIA GT Championship, the 575 GTCs managed to take a single win in their first season, followed by another lone win in 2004. Unfortunately the 575 GTCs were not as capable as the Prodrive-built 550 GTSs, and would fall from use by the end of 2005.[citation needed]

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. ^ "2002 Ferrari 575M Maranello F1". carfolio.com. February 28, 2013. Retrieved July 26, 2018.
  5. ^ "2002 Ferrari 575 M Maranello F1". automobile-catalog.com. Retrieved July 26, 2018.
  6. ^ "Hey Jealousy: Japanese Collector Nabs Zagato Ferrari Special". Edmunds.com. Retrieved April 14, 2006.

Sources[edit]

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