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What exactly is the Ferrari 599 GTO ?

By SYF77 on 15 May 2012

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A Ferrari 599 GTO has been receiving a fair bit of media attention in Singapore lately, but for all the wrong reasons. A red GTO crashed into a taxi at a Bugis junction when it ran a red light, causing the taxi to hit a passing motorcycle.

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The accident claimed the lives of the GTO driver, the passenger in the taxi as well as the taxi driver. Readers may refer to the newspaper or social media for more coverage regarding the accident. Here, I would like to talk about what makes this 599 GTO so special.

The Ferrari 599 GTO is the fastest road car manufactured by Ferrari. It is awarded ‘the Car of the Year for 2006’ by Evo Magazine. This car is based on the 599XX, the advanced experimental track car, and can be considered a road-going version of the track car.

The 599 is a limited production car of just 599 units. Powered by a 6.0-litre 65-degree V12 engine, the super car is packed with 670hp at 8250 rpm and a maximum torque of 620Nm at 6500 rpm.

This enables the car to sprint from 0 to 100km/h in just 3.35 secs before reaching a top speed of over 335km/h. The GTO laps the Fiorano test circuit in 1 minute 24 seconds, one second faster than the Ferrari Enzo. The engine is mated to a 6-speed single-clutch F1 gearbox.

The supercar features the second generation magnetorheological suspension control system (SCM2). It works hand in hand with the vehicle dynamic control system and the latest generation F1-Trac traction control.

These made the car very stable when braking and more precise during cornering. Braking force is provided by Ferrari’s new CCM2 braking system with Brembo ceramics brakes, allowing the 599 to boast an excellent 100 to 0 km/h braking distance of just 32.5 metres.

The car wears 20” rims with tyre size of 285/30 for the front and 313/35 at the rear. The car comes equipped with Michelin Pilot Super Sport rubber. It contains a compound developed specifically for the 599 GTO. Additional safety features include 4 airbags, ABS and electronic brake force distribution.

Some proud owners are the nephew of the Sultan of Brunei and Dhiaa Al-Essa, a 21 year-old student from Saudi Arabia.

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Written by SYF77
I have been a car fanatic since 1989, when my father was changing our family car then to a Toyota Corolla 1.6 GL fitted with a Twin Cam 16 valve engine that was carburetor-fed, a big deal back in those days. The automobile technology and industry fascinates me and I hope to broadcast these interesting developments to everyone out there through this blog.

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SuperVeloce May 15 2012 07:33 PM
The GTO was released in 2010. How could it be awarded ‘the Car of the Year for 2006’ by Evo Magazine?
Lebonoo May 15 2012 11:01 PM
100km/h to stop need 32.5m ????
Notsogoodman May 16 2012 01:18 AM
yes, the 599 GTO was out only in 2010.....
SYF77 May 16 2012 05:51 AM
Dear all, there is a slight error here. The Ferrari 599 GTB Fiorano was awared 'Car of the year for 2006'. Thanks for pointing out.
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