Ferrari 599 GTB Fiorano
|Parent company||Fiat Group|
|Predecessor||Ferrari 575M Maranello|
|Body style(s)||2-seat berlinetta|
|Engine(s)||6.0 L Tipo F133F V12|
6-speed 'F1' sequential
|Wheelbase||2,750 mm (108.3 in)|
|Length||4,665 mm (183.7 in)|
|Width||1,962 mm (77.2 in)|
|Height||1,336 mm (52.6 in)|
|Curb weight||1,690 kg (3,726 lb)|
|Fuel capacity||27.7 US gal (105 L; 23 imp gal)|
|Related||Ferrari 612 Scaglietti|
|Designer||Frank Stephenson at Pininfarina|
The 599 GTB Fiorano (internal code F139) is an Italian grand tourer produced by Ferrari. It is the brand's 2-seat Gran Turismo flagship model, replacing the 575 M 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 total engine displacement (5999 cc), Gran Turismo Berlinetta nature, and the Fiorano Circuit test track used by Ferrari.
Tipo F133F 6.0 L (5999 cc) V12 engine produces a maximum 620 PS (456 kW; 612 hp), making it the most-powerful series production Ferrari road car. Its 608 N·m (448 ft·lbf) 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 as it would not block forward vision due to its mid-mounted position). The company claims a top speed in excess of 330 km/h (205 mph), 0-100 km/h (62 mph) in 3.7 seconds, and 11.0 seconds to 200 km/h (124 mph).
|Tipo F133F V12||6.0 L (5999 cc)||620 PS (456 kW; 612 hp) @ 7600 rpm||608 N·m (448 ft·lbf) @ 5600 rpm|
A traditional 6-speed manual transmission as well as Ferrari's 6-speed sequential manual gearbox called 'F1 SuperFast' is offered. The e-diff active differential from the F430 is not used. However, the Manettino concept first seen in the F430 also appears in this car. Ferrari sourced the Delphi Corporation's MagneRide semi-active magneto rheological dampers. 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 also sees 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 supposedly allows a competent driver to lap the Fiorano test track at just 1 second behind Michael's time.
Other technical details:
|Engine Installation||Type||Make||Bore/Stroke||Compression Ratio||Valve Gear||Power||Torque||Red Line||Power to Weight Ratio|
|Front Longitudinal||V12, 5999 cc, petrol||Aluminium Head and Block||92.0/75.2 mm||11.2:1||4 per cylinder||611 bhp (456 kW) @ 7600 rpm||448 lb·ft (607 N·m) @ 5600 rpm||8400 rpm||362 bhp (270 kW) per tonne|
Acceleration claimed by Ferrari (mph / seconds)
|11 mpg-US (21 L/100 km; 13 mpg-imp) United States Environmental Protection Agency||15 mpg-US (16 L/100 km; 18 mpg-imp) EPA||21.3 L/100 km (11.0 mpg-US; 13.3 mpg-imp)|
The first publicly recorded crash of a 599 GTB occurred 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.
Fiat CEO Sergio Marchionne also crashed his 599 GTB in November 2007 and in January 2009 Manchester United winger Cristiano Ronaldo crashed his en route to United's Carrington training ground. Ronaldo was able to attend training later that day having avoided injury.
To market the 599 GTB in the Americas, Ferrari embarked on a 20,000-mile (32,000 km) 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.
Evo Magazine named the 599 GTB as the Car of the Year for 2006 despite strong competition from rivals Porsche and Lamborghini and other high-performance cars. The Stuttgart marque has been an evo Car of the Year favorite winning in 1998, 1999, 2000, 2003, and 2004. Even with the release of the brilliant 911 Turbo (997), it was denied from the list because the 911 GT3 (997) was considered more impressive. Notably, previous GT3s have won the eCOTY in '99 and '03, making the current car a fierce contender for the title. The Porsche came in second with 94.8 points just behind the 599 with 95.4 points. Lamborghini came in third with the redesigned and more powerful Murciélago LP640 garnering 93.4 points. The three sports car marques were clear front-runners with a wide gap ahead of the Chevrolet Corvette Z06 (89.6), Lotus Elise S (89.3), Jaguar XKR (87.0), Renaultsport Mégane (86.2), Mercedes-Benz CLS63 AMG (85.4) and Aston Martin DB9 Sports Pack (84.4).
Although Ferrari estimated a 0–100 km/h time of 3.7 seconds, tests have achieved a better time. During a track test, Evo Magazine achieved a time of 3.5 seconds and lapped the Bedford Autodrome in 1.23.10, making it faster than the Ascari KZ1, the Porsche 997 Turbo and 996 GT3 RS, Ferrari F430, Lamborghini Gallardo '04, and the Chevrolet Corvette Z06. However, it was still slower than the Gallardo SE ('06) and three other sports cars. Motor Trend timed an even better 0–100 km/h time of 3.2 seconds with a Ferrari test driver.
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- "2006 Ferrari 599 GTB Fiorano". Supercars.net. http://www.supercars.net/cars/3347.html. Retrieved on 20 November 2007.
- Ferrari 599GTB Fiorano official site FerrariWorld.Com Accessed February 28, 2006
- Primary Suspension
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- RoadandTrack.com - Road Tests - Road Test: Ferrari 599 GTB Fiorano F1 (5/2007)
- Ferrari 599 GTB - Autocar.co.uk
- Ferrari 599 Fiorano Now Available, Comes With iPod Connection at Sybarites
- "Maranello Masterpiece". AutoWeek. http://autoweek.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20060108/FREE/60108007/1024/LATESTNEWS. Retrieved on January 9.
- "Maranello's New True GT". AutoWeek. http://autoweek.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20060117/FREE/301170001/1024/LATESTNEWS. Retrieved on January 17.
- evo Magazine Issue 99 (Car of the Year 2006)
- "Winner: Supercar". Top Gear. http://www.topgear.com/content/features/stories/2006/12/stories/08/1.html.
- "Ferrari 599 GTB Fiorano on test". evo. http://www.evo.co.uk/carreviews/evocarreviews/205671/ferrari_599_gtb.html.
- "First Test: 2007 Ferrari 599 GTB Fiorano". Motor Trend. http://www.motortrend.com/roadtests/exotic/112_0701_2007_ferrari_599_gtb_fiorano/specs.html.
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