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Ferrari 599 GTB Fiorano
Ferrari
aka F139
Production GTB Fiorano:
2007-present

SA Aperta:
2011
80 units only
Class Gran Turismo
Body Style 2-seat berlinetta
Length 183 in
Width 77 in
Height 52 in
Wheelbase
Weight 3482 lb
Transmission 6-speed manual
Engine 6.0 litre V12
Power 611 hp @ N/A rpm
N/A lb-ft of torque @ N/A rpm

661 hp @ N/A rpm
457 lb-ft of torque @ N/A rpm
Similar Aston Martin Vanquish S
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Designer Jason Castriota under Frank Stephenson and Pininfarina

The Ferrari 599 GTB Fiorano (internal code F139) is Ferrari's 2-seat Gran Turismo flagship model, replacing the 575M Maranello in 2006 as a 2007 model. The 599 GTB debuted at the Geneva Motor Show on February 28, 2006. Styling of the 599 GTB was handled by Pininfarina, under the direction of Ferrari stylist, Frank Stephenson. It is named for its engine displacement and the Fiorano test track used by Ferrari.

Sommaire

Recent Changes

  • The 2010 Paris Motor Show played host to the unveiling of the 80 unit limited edition 599 SA Aperta, the drop-top roadster version of the 599. Despite this every single one has already been sold. Underneath, the car features the same massaged 661 hp 6.0 litre V12 from the 599 GTO. Similarly, the front bumper sees the same restyle as the super 599. Unfortunately, the fabric top has only been designed to protect the car's interior at standstill. Ferrari didn't bother to create a top that can be used at speed. [1]
  • To celebrate their growing sales in China, Ferrari has created 12 special edition Ferrari 599 HGTE China Limited Edition models. The China Edition gets special touches such as jade green starter button, tachometer in ancient Chinese characters instead of the usual numerals, luggage emblazoned with a map of the Silk Road taken by Italian explorer Marco Polo and Rosso Fuoco paintjob with the gray roof. They have also created a unique one-off painted in cracked glaze pattern of the coveted Song Dynasty-era Ge Liln porcelain by Chinese artist Lu Hao. The latter is to be auctioned off for charity in Beijing on November 3 2009.[2][3]

Ferrari 599 HGTE China Limited Edition

599 Art Car by Lu Hao

  • At the 2009 Geneva Motor Show, Ferrari unveiled two new variants of its flagship grand tourer: the 599 GTB HGTE (Handling GT Evoluzione) and the 599XX. The HGTE will feature largely the same car but fitted with a more aggressive suspension setup. The 599XX, on the other hand, will see Ferrari extend the FXX programme to the 599. [4]

Styling

The styling of the Fiorano bears some resemblance to its sister car, the 612 Scaglietti, yet at the same time carries a sportier, more aggressive stance. The differences are mostly in the squared off body detailing, the lack of the scalloped side detail of the 612 and more obvious aerodynamic ducting, particularly on the hood, in the front wings over the front wheels and the flying buttress C pillars. Designers at Pininfarina reprotedly looked to the Daytona when designing the 599 [1]

The flying buttress C pillars are the most distinctive feature of the Fiorano and are designed to redirect airflow over the small lip spoiler on the rear decklid. These in conjunction with the shaped undertray allow the Fiorano to exhibit a degree of stability at very high speeds that was lacking in its predecessor, by contributing downforce and aerodynamic efficiency without the need for ungainly wings and spoilers.

Chassis

It shares much of its chassis with the 612 Scaglietti 2+2, though with a shorter 110 in (2750 mm) wheelbase, new bodywork sculpted by Pininfarina. Like the 612 Scaglietti, the Fiorano's front midship with rear transaxle arrangement gives the 599 an ideal weight distribution of 47/53 front/rear. The curb weight is expected to be about 3700 pounds, which will put the aluminum 599 GTB at roughly 300 fewer pounds than the 508-hp 575M Maranello.

Engine

The 599's Enzo-sourced Tipo F133F 6.0 L (5999 cc) V12 engine produces 620 CV (611 hp/456 kW), making it the most-powerful series production Ferrari road car. Its 448 ft·lbf (608 N·m) of torque will also be a high 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 since the mid-mounted position allowed it to be so). The company claims a 3.7 second sprint to 100 km/h (62 mph) and 11.0 to 200 km/h (124 mph).[2]

Engine type Displacement Power Torque
Tipo F133F V126.0 L (5998 cc)620 CV (612 hp/456 kW)608 N·m (448 ft·lbf)

Technical Details

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Rear view

A traditional 6-speed manual transmission as well as Ferrari's 6-speed sequential manual gearbox called F1 SuperFast will be offered. The e-diff active differential from the F430 will not be used. However, the manettino concept first seen in the F430 will also appear in this car. Ferrari will reportedly source the MagneRide active suspension system from Delphi Corporation. Reviewers of the car have mentioned that the MagneRide suspension gives the 599 a very comfortable ride but allows it to handle well at the same time.

The Fiorano will also see the debut of Ferrari's new traction control system, called F1-Trac. Reportedly tuned using inputs from 7-time Formula 1 World Champion Michael Schumacher, the system will supposedly allow a competent driver to lap the Fiorano test track at just 1 second behind Michael's time.

Misc. Details

Pricing for the 599 GTB is expected to start at US$250,000 and it won't go on sale until the end of summer 2007. A convertible Spyder version is expected for 2008, followed by a track-ready GTC. Another Superamerica version is also expected.

The Ferrari 599 GTB Fiorano will be the first Ferrari ever to appear in the Gran Turismo series of videogames, in the upcoming PlayStation 3 title Gran Turismo HD, as well as the first European car to be featured as the cover car in a Gran Turismo game.

The first publicly recorded crash of a 599 GTB occured when Car and Driver writer Aaron Robinson crashed one into the retaining wall of the Passo della Cisa in Italy, a few meters from a monument to Enzo Ferrari (for his finishing fourth in a 1919 hill climb on that same road). The car suffered only minor damage to the front right fender and Robinson and photographer Mike Valente were able to drive it back to the factory.

To market the 599 GTB in the Americas, Ferrari embarked on a 20,000 mile trek from Brazil to New York in two cars. The two cars drove through 16 countries and had minimal (mainly suspension) changes made to the mechanicals. Apart from being an excellent way to generate publicity, the trip signifies the leaps and bounds Ferrari and its sister company, Maserati, has come in terms of reliablity of its vechicles. [5]

Handling GT Evoluzione package

An upgrade that improves the car's handling the package, also called HGTE or 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 magneto-rheological shock absorbers when the manettino is at its sportier settings. The ride height has also been lowered, which lowers the car's centre 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 whilst still delivering just the right comfort levels at cruising speed.

The exterior and interior were upgraded with more carbon fibre components.

It also includes new 20-inch wheels.[3]

599XX

The 599XX 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 cutting the weight of the engine unit components, and use of composites and carbon-fibre body parts, carbon-fibre 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 tires with 19 x 11J wheel rims at the front and 19 x 12J at the rear.

The car was unveiled at the 2009 Geneva Auto Show.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 second fastest time ever recorded for a production-derived sports car.

599 GTO

On 8 April 2010, Ferrari announced official details of the 599 GTO.The car is a road-going version of the 599XX and Ferrari say 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 Ferrari Enzo. Its engine produces 670 PS (493 kW; 661 bhp) at 8250 rpm, with 620 N·m (460 lb·ft) of torque at 6500 rpm.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).At 1,590 kilograms (3,500 lb), the 599 GTO weighs 100 kg (220 lb) less than the standard GTB.Production will be limited to 599 cars.

Ferrari has given only two other models the GTO designation: the 1962 250 GTO and the 1984 288 GTO.Unlike the previous GTO's however, the 599 GTO was not designed for homologation in any racing series.However,like the previous GTO models,it was based on a circuit car,the 599XX.The 599 GTO is the successor of Ferrari Enzo,placing its position as the flagship of the line up.It is also the first front engined Ferrari flagship since the 250 GTO.

Gallery

Criticisms

" In the middle, is a quartic steering wheel. Quartic, as in square, as in Austin Allegro. Worse still, it's half carbon fibre, half leather, and it's got Formula One-style buttons; a series of red lights to tell you when to change gear. But they are so bright you think your caught in the fearsome glare of a Martian spaceship. So you don't change gear. You crash." Jeremy Clarkson, Top Gear

Awards

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

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