2011 Ferrari 599 GTO - 2010 Beijing Auto Show

2011 Ferrari 599 GTO - 2010 Beijing Auto Show

Ferrari just unveiled the super fast 599 GTO at this year's Beijing Auto Show. The car, an evolution of the 599XX track machine, carries its new designation in honor of previous Ferrari race cars turned loose on the street, such as the 250 GTO and the F40's predecessor, the 288 GTO.

Calling it the fastest road-going Ferrari ever, the factory says the front-engine rear-drive 599 GTO, which develops 670 bhp and 457 lb.-ft. of torque, holds the track record at Fiorano with a lap of 1:24 (although other records show the 510-bhp F430 Scuderia being a tenth of a second quicker). Still, that's nearly a full second faster than the Enzo. The car can accelerate to 62 mph in 3.35 sec. and has a top speed of nearly 208 mph.

The 599 GTO's lightweight construction, which features thinner glass and aluminum panels, results in a dry weight of only 3289 lb. That, when factored with the 670 bhp output of the 6.0-liter V-12, means there's just under 5 lb. of weight for each horsepower.

In addition, the 599 GTO is equipped with second-generation carbon-ceramic brakes, with 15.7-in. rotors in front and 14.2s in back. New 20-in. wheels are slightly wider than stock, measuring 9.5 in. wide in front and 11.5 in. wide in back. These alloy wheels are shod with Michelin 285/30 front and 315/35 rear high-performance tires.

The 599 GTO eschews the rear-pillar winglets of the 599XX, but adopts a number of that car's aerodynamic features including a new nose profile, a flat bottom and unique wheel doughnuts-discs positioned outside the brake rotors that direct hot air exiting the wheel arches to stay close to the vehicle's body to further reduce drag.

The 599 GTO's suspension has been retuned with new springs and a stiffer rear anti-roll bar, plus a second-generation Vehicle Dynamic Control system that has revamped magnetorheological shocks. The control system works in tandem with the latest version of the F1-Trac traction control unit, both of which can be tailored via the steering wheel-mounted switches. Ferrari has also fitted the cockpit with longer carbon-fiber paddles for easier use of the 6-speed F1 sequential-shift gearbox. The GTO features a new Virtual Race Engineer that gives the driver a head-up display of vehicle performance. Ferrari says the production run of the 599 GTO will be limited to just 599 units.

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