Ferrari 599 GTO is here!Edward Green ▼ |
Technical specifications are impressive – 670 hp in a 1495kg car ensures a 0-100 km/h acceleration time of just 3,35 seconds and the top speed of more than 335 km/h. Fundamental to the GTO’s performance is the innovative approach to chassis development withe integration of a handling set-up tuned for a level of responsiveness that is close to the limit and highly sophisticated electronic controls.
The 599 GTO is equipped with the latest, second-generation carbon-ceramic brakes which are lighter and offer better performance, new aerodynamic innovations, such as the wheel doughnuts which increase aerodynamic efficiency as well as improve brake cooling, and the Supersport tyres developed by Michelin include a wider front tyre for greater roadholding. The driver-car interface is also new with the adoption of the Virtual Race Engineer which provides the driver with instantaneous information on performance.
The GTO (Gran Turismo Omologata) moniker instantly calls to mind 1962 250 GTO which swept the boards in GT racing categories in the 1960s, and iconic 1984 GTO which basically invented the entire modern supercar genre.
The 599 GTO inherits much of the development work, using the same principles as employed in F1, that went into making the 599XX such an extreme performance car. Reducing weight was a vital objective and the result was the widespread use of composites and components manufactured with technologies more akin to racing specifications.
The areas involved include the bodywork and greenhouse with thinner gauge aluminium and thinner glass, the brakes, transmission and exhaust system. The result is a dry weight of 1495 kg and a weight-to-power ratio of just 2.23 kg/hp, a very significant figure that underlines the GTO's performance potential.
The car-driver interface was designed to maximise car and driver performance with a layout of the main commands that ensures absolute efficiency and minimum distraction. The Racing manettino also puts the emphasis firmly on sporty, track-specific driving settings by offering the driver full choice with regard to the electronic control parameters. The ICE position on the 599 GTB Fiorano has been replaced by CT-Off (traction control off).
The GTO is also fitted with bespoke, longer carbon-fibre F1 paddles for easier use in high-speed driving. In addition the GTO also features the Virtual Race Engineer, a system that monitors the status of the car and gives the driver immediate visibility of vehicle performance. ■