The Ferrari 599 GTO's engine is directly derived from the 599XX unit implementing, however, the necessary modifications for road-going homologation. It thus complies with Euro 5 and LEV 2 standards. The 5999 cc 65-degree V12 engine punches out 670 CV at 8250 rpm with maximum torque of 620 Nm at 6500 rpm and there is a smooth, constant rush of power all the way to the redline with no loss of flexibility even at medium and low revs. T
his result was obtained by working on the fluid-dynamics and components to reduce internal friction and by adopting, amongst other things, the 599XX's redesigned crankshaft. The car also has a racing-type intake system with a new manifold with diffuser-type intake geometry and short inlet tracts designed to improve power delivery at high revs and reduce losses. To maximise volumetric efficiency per cylinder, a connection between the two plenums at the front compensates for variations in the volume. This is how the engineers managed to achieve maximum performance at high engine speeds. The engine sound inside the car is carefully controlled to balance the intake sound with the exhaust, which features a 599XX-derived 6-into-1 manifold.
One of the most significant innovations on the Ferrari 599 GTO is the close correlation between the chassis set-up, which is close to the handling limit, and the input from the electronic controls which are developed to increase overall levels of performance.
Work on the nose of the car was aimed at reducing the width of the wake generated by the front and thus reduce drag. The front spoiler incorporates a separate lower wing that increases downforce at the front of the car and increases the flow of cooling air to the oil radiator. On the flanks there's a new sill design with a more pronounced leading edge that improves the efficiency of the central section of the underbody. The underbody itself incorporates a new, lower front section with diffusers ahead of the front wheels to optimise downforce, and a new double-curve rear diffuser.
The new CCM2 braking system is lighter and even more consistent in high performance situations. Its consistent coefficient of attrition meant that the ABS could be calibrated to a particularly high performance level, further reducing lap times, thanks to improved deceleration and shorter stopping distances. In fact, the Ferrari 599 GTO boasts an excellent 100 to 0 km/h braking distance of just 32.5 metres. As well as their role in improving aerodynamics, the Formula 1-derived wheel doughnuts also improve braking efficiency by optimising brake cooling.
Ferrari 599 GTO technical specifications
* DIMENSIONS AND WEIGHT
o Length: 4710 mm (185.4 in)
o Width: 1962 mm (77.2 in)
o Height: 1326 mm (52.2 in)
o Wheelbase: 2750 mm (108.3 in)
o Front track: 1701 mm (67.0 in)
o Rear track: 1618 mm (63.7 in)
o Dry weight: 1495 kg (3296 lbs)
o Kerb weight: 1605 kg (3538 lbs)
o Weight distribution: 47% front - 53% rear
o Fuel tank capacity: 105 litres (27.7 US gal/23.1 UK/gal)
o Boot volume: 320 litres (11.3 cu ft)
o Type: V12 - 65°
o Bore & stroke : 92 x 75.2 mm (3.62 x 2.96 in)
o Unitary displacement: 499.9 cc (30.51 cu in)
o Total displacement: 5999 cc (366.08 cu in)
o Compression ratio: 11.2:1
o Maximum power: 500 kW (670 CV) at 8250 rpm
o Maximum torque : 620 Nm (457 lbs/ft) at 6500 rpm