Ferrari 599 GTO, the most performing road car produced by Ferrari in its entire history

The Ferrari 599 GTO is a V12 berlinetta capable of spatial performance. Produced in only 599 units, the Homologated Gran Turismo model was officially presented on 8 April 2010, during a preview broadcast on the website of the Maranello-based car company.

This new model represents the achievement of a new peak in the sportiness of the Prancing Horse and benefits massively from the technologies designed for sports competitions and subsequently adapted to road cars.

Numerous technical solutions on the 599 GTO are also inspired by the experience acquired by the Maranello technicians with the development of the amazing 599 XX, the laboratory car of which the 599 GTO is, as indicated by the historic GTO abbreviation, the version approved for road use.

One of the most significant innovations is the close connection between the mechanical set-up, pushed to the limit by the Cavallino engineers, and the electronic systems, designed to improve performance. From the very early stages of development, the ambitious goal of fully integrating these two areas of the car was set in Maranello, thus maximizing the car's reactivity to the advantage of driving sensations, consequently producing evident positive effects also highlighted by feedback. chronometric Together with new springs and stiffer rear anti-roll bar, the elasto-kinematic structure is characterized by the adoption of second generation magnetorheological control suspensions (SCM2).

The mechanical components work together with the VDC stability control (Vechicle Dynamic Control) and the CST (stability and traction control) combined with the advanced F1-Trac traction control, thus providing the driver with an extremely reactive car, also thanks to the adoption of a very direct and incredibly stable steering ratio under braking: the Ferrari 599 GTO therefore stands out for its speed in entering and cornering, and at the same time for its promptness when exiting.

The driver can also rely on the TPMS, which is the Tire Pressure and Temperature Control System fitted inside the car.

The aerodynamics of the 599 GTO decisively exploits the many studies derived by Ferrari technicians in Formula One, and subsequently with the 599 XX, a wealth of knowledge essential to guarantee a significant improvement in the vertical load generated by the car, all without compromising the resistance to running. Thanks to the solutions transferred from the track car to the road approved one, the downforce effect on the GTO reaches the value of 144 kg at 200 km/h.

The measures have been designed to make the front, the side, the flat bottom and the cooling flows excel. In the latter case, the cooling ducts, discs and pads have been optimized. Performance optimization has also been made possible thanks to the installation of wheel donuts: this is a bulkhead positioned outside the brake disc which performs the function of reducing energy losses in the wake that comes off the wheel housing, the all for the benefit of aerodynamic penetration. At the front, the improvements involve the bodywork, with the aim of reducing the width of the wake and the consequent decrease in resistance.

The front splitter has been transformed into a real wing with the dual function of increasing the vertical load and improving the cooling of the oil radiator. On the side, the sill has a corner profile to improve the efficiency of the central part of the bottom; even the design of the latter has been subject to changes, now characterized by new front slides placed in front of the wheels, and by an innovative diffuser with a double curved profile.

Obviously there is no lack of support from the incredible engine, a V12 capable of generating a maximum power of 670 HP at 8250 rpm; the maximum achievable torque value is equal to 620 Nm delivered at 6500 rpm. All these aspects together allow the 599 GTO to run even with a time of 1:24 on the Fiorano circuit, thus managing not to disappoint the very high expectations placed on this model.

Precisely for this reason, in the years in which this model was produced, the Ferrari 599 GTO was defined as the most performing car ever produced by Ferrari in its history.

In Formula 1 we know, to get the best possible time we try to reduce the weight of the car to a minimum, because even an excess gram can make the difference when playing on thousandths of a second, and it is precisely from this idea that the developer the 599 GTO; its sporting character derives from the progress that has followed the typical working philosophy of Formula One, making it possible to obtain a reduction in understeer, while increasing the contribution to performance by the control systems.

In this approach, the meticulous work aimed at containing the weights proved essential, which required the extensive use of composite materials and typically racing processing technologies in all sections of the car: we therefore find a bodywork redesigned in many points, glass surfaces i whose thicknesses have been reduced, smaller and lighter brakes, lightened transmission and exhausts made with hydroforming technology.

Those mentioned are just some of the many possible examples, the fact is that the result obtained consists of a 1495 kg (dry weight) car which ensures the extraordinary weight-to-power ratio of 2.23 kg/hp.



V12, 65°

Bore and stroke 92x75.2 mm

Unit displacement 499.9 cm³

Total displacement 5999 cm³

Compression ratio: 11.9:1

Maximum power 493kW (670hp) at 8250rpm

Maximum torque 620 Nm (63 kgm) at 6500 rpm

Dimensions and weights

Length 4710 mm

Width 1962 mm

Height 1326 mm

Wheelbase 2750 mm

Front track 1701 mm

Rear track 1618 mm

Dry weight 1495 Kg

Weight distribution 47% front - 53% rear

Tank capacity 105 liters

Luggage compartment capacity 320 liters

Front tires 285/30 ZR20"

Rear tires 315/35 ZR20"

Front brakes 398x38 mm

Rear brakes 360x32 mm


Top speed over 335 km/h

From 0 to 100 km/h in 3.35 seconds

From 0 to 200 km/h in 9.8 seconds

Consumption and emissions

Combined consumption ECE 17.5 liters/100 km

Combined emissions ECE 411 g/km

Simone Pietro Zazza