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76th International Motor Show
Geneva 2006

Ferrari 599 GTB

The Ferrari 599 GTB is the most high performance 12-cylinder berlinetta ever produced at Maranello. The new model boasts the most innovative and technologically advanced features ever to be used by Ferrari in a mid-front engined two-seater, setting a whole new standard in terms of sportiness, design and exhilarating driving.

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The technical specifications of the engine speak for themselves: 5,999 cm3 displacement, a specific power output of 103 hp/litre; chain-driven distribution and twin overhead camshafts per cylinder bank with continuously variable timing on both inlet and exhaust cams to optimise torque delivery; twin-plate, low inertia clutch in unit with the engine; maximum torque of 608 Nm at 5,600 rpm, maximum power of 620 hp at 7,600 rpm and compliance with Euro IV and LEV2 emission standards. Development work for the 599 GTB Fiorano also focused specifically on the type of sound the engine makes, reducing mechanical resonance in favour of a pure V12 soundtrack from both the intake manifold and the exhaust system.

The new generation F1 gearbox that debuts on the 599 GTB cuts overall gear-shift times to 100 ms by implementing contemporaneously the various stages involved in changing gears. The areas involved are lifting off and declutching; disengaging then re-engaging the gear and then letting out the clutch. The speed of these operations is enhanced by the fact that gears engage in just 40 ms. Simultaneous to this however is the combined disengaging of the clutch on lift off and then re-engaging of the clutch as the power is fed back in.

The experience built up over thousands of kilometres of Formula 1 testing and races by Ferrari’s drivers is now being made available to non-professional drivers and pushes this car to the very cutting-edge in terms of road-holding, safety and stability. The system is integrated with the stability control and features predictive software that estimates the maximum available grip available in advance, compares this information with the vehicle dynamics model stored in the control system, and adjusts its reactions to suit, optimising traction by modulating power delivery. The result is tenacious roadholding thanks to maximum grip out of bends (a 20% increase in acceleration compared to a traditional traction and stability control systems) and predictable handling even in extreme situations.

Lengthy testing in the wind tunnel at Ferrari has yielded stunning results in terms of both downforce and drag. The suction created under the car is now far superior to the lift generated by the upper part of the bodywork. The flying buttresses either side of the wraparound rear window help channel the air without increasing drag. The Cl – coefficient of lift – is just 0.190 with a 160 kg aerodynamic load at 300 km/h and 190 at top speed. Similarly, the Cd – drag coefficient – is just 0.336.

The 599 GTB Fiorano is a strikingly sculptural car, its surfaces beautifully honed and modelled by Ferrari’s designers and engineers. The design is so supple, in fact, that every angle brings something new to light. All of the freedom allowed in designing an extreme sports car was used here and the result is endlessly surprising.

A balance has been struck in the interior between the car’s sporty vocation and the intimacy that only skilled hand-crafting and detailed personalisation can achieve. The passenger areas of the car are trimmed in sumptuous leather while the driver area and controls boasts more high-tech detailing in carbon-fibre and aluminium. In addition to the steering wheel and manettino, the central rev counter with a choice of red or yellow background and solid aluminium passenger controls, the new 599 GTB also boasts attractive new styling cues including a central grip to provide extra purchase for the passenger and new adaptive racing seats featuring carbonfibre side rests. The Ferrari 599 GTB also benefits from an already vast choice of personalisation options available for every Ferrari model.

Four areas are covered by this programme: Racing and Track, Exteriors and Colours, Interior and Materials, Equipment and Travel. The Racing options include CCM (Carbon Ceramic Material) brakes, four-point harnesses and a cockpit roll-bar while the Interior and Materials options include a new Enzo Ferrari-inspired carbon-fibre steering wheel with LED rev display which can be specified along with a special carbon-fibre trim kit for the door panels, instrument panel, gear stick surround and sill kick panels. Scuderia Ferrari shields, Daytona-style seats with perforated inserts, a satellite navigation system with display on instrument panel and much, much more besides are also available as part of the personalisation programme.


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