Ferrari 599GTO: what a beast of a car! Highly desirable yes, beautiful no!

Ferrari’s fastest ever road car: the 599 GTO.  It went roung the nurburgring in under 7 minutes, fastest ever for a road production car.  The 599 GTO is derived from the 599XX, which is the motorsport version of the 599 GTB. In other words, it is a racing-inspired Grand Tourer.

At the heart of the car we find a V12 powerplant (derived from that of the Ferrari Enzo), which has been modified to deliver 661hp and a maximum torque of 457 lb-ft. The vehicle comes with a 430 lbs (195 kg) weight reduction, compared to the 599 GTB, tipping the scales at 3,295 lbs (1,495 kg).  The vehicle can sprint from standstill to 62 mph (100 km/h) in 3.35 seconds and reach a top speed of 208 mph (333 km/h).  However, the 599 GTO’s specialty is tackling corners, with the car managing to post a Fiorano (Ferrari’s test track) laptime of 1 minute 24 seconds (the Enzo takes 1:24:9 to do the job).

The GTO comes with F1-inspired aerodynamics, including a new front splitter, side sills, rim diffusers, a double curve rear diffuser and a rear spoiler. The car rides on a set of 20 inch wheels that uses special donuts to further enhance aerodynamics.  The car has a price of £300,000 with the production being limited to 599 units, which are already sold.

Check it out around the Nurbugring.  Enjoy, I’m sure the driver did…


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