The Ferrari 599 (internal code F141) is an Italian sports car produced by Ferrari. It was the brand’s two-seat flagship, replacing the 575M Maranello in 2006 as a 2007 model, but was replaced for the 2013 model year by the F12berlinetta.
Styled by Pininfarina under the direction of Ferrari’s Frank Stephenson, the 599 GTB debuted at the Geneva Motor Show in February 2006. It is named for its total engine displacement (5999 cc), Gran Turismo Berlinetta nature, and the Fiorano Circuit test track used by Ferrari.
On 8 April 2010, Ferrari announced official details of the 599 GTO. The car is a road-going version of the 599XX and at the time Ferrari claimed that the 599 GTO was their fastest ever road car, able to lap the Fiorano test circuit in 1 minute 24 seconds, one second faster than the Ferrari Enzo!. Its engine produces 661 bhp at 8250 rpm, with 460 lb·ft of torque at 6500 rpm. At 1,605 kilograms the 599 GTO weighs almost 100 kg less than the standard GTB.
The 6.0-litre V12 has ‘diamond-like carbon coating’ on the tappets and there’s plenty of ‘super polishing’ too, these modifications, among others, increase efficiency of the engine by 12 per cent. Compression rises from 11.2 to 11.9 through a redesigned crank and pistons and the breathing has been completely overhauled to include a new aluminium intake system that uses shorter runners and saves 2kg. The exhaust system is hydroformed – effectively blown into shape, thereby avoiding the heavy seams that come with even the best welding. The process thins the metal from 1.5mm to 0.8mm and saves a remarkable 15kg over a standard system.
New springs, dampers, electronic systems and a new generation of carbon-ceramic brakes compliment wider wheels all round, the fronts carrying a huge 285 profile tyre and the rear 0.5 inches wider than the GTB.
Production was limited to 599 cars. Of these, approximately 125 were produced for the United States market. Ferrari has given only two other models the GTO designation: the 1962 250 GTO and the 1984 288 GTO.
LHD, Nero Daytona 508 w/Grigio Silverstone Opaco roof, Tessuto nero interior with silver stitching, Yellow brake calipers, Yellow shields, Carbon wheel centre caps, Rear Parking sensors, Becker Stereo unit, Alcantara seats, headliner, and steering wheel, Carbon fibre dash, door sills, front splitter and rear diffuser.
This incredible GTO is finished in Nero Daytona 508 with a Grigio Silverstone Opaco roof creating a menacing road presence without taking away from its sculpted lines.
Yellow brake calipers add some welcome definition with the theme continuing to the Scuderia shields nestling on the front wings.
It seems quite incredible that this front engined V12 GT car is perfectly at home on the road and comfortable to use on a daily basis yet can lap Fiorano faster than an Enzo, sure fire proof that it deserves to wear every letter of the iconic GTO badge.
The cabin is beautifully appointed and fit for both GT cruising and track use. Lashings of carbon fibre cover the dash, door cards and centre console while being complemented with high tech fabric meticulously stitched together using the finest Italian silver thread. Silver stitched prancing horses on the headrests and a yellow rev counter complete the neatly and well thought out colour code package.
Ferraris collaboration with Becker provides the musical entertainment and is neatly stored under a carbon fibre cover, the front of which displays its limited edition numbers ’1 of 599′.
The interior is unmarked and like new in every sense.
ENGINE & TRANSMISSION
Fitted with a red intake manifold and camcovers the beating heart of this limited edition ferrari proudly displays its GTO badge to full effect.
This sensational V12 engine has been transplanted direct from the Enzo. In the process it has lost none of its intake rasp or divine exhaust note, the noise is a symphony of mechanical artwork that is sure to go down in history as one of the great.
With a full, Ferrari dealer service history from new, showing no less than 5 services in its brief mileage it is no surprise that the mechanics of this collectable 599 are impeccable.
WHEELS, TYRES & BRAKES
The lightweight wheels, finished with carbon centre caps, remain in perfect condition and wrapped in an excellent set of Michelin Supersport tyres. Especially designed for the GTO the front alloys carry a huge 265 tyre and massive rear 315 tyres.
With brake cooling ducts hiding behind each wheel and yellow calipers clamping huge carbon ceramic discs, this is a combination that make up the incredible achievement that this car is much heavier than an Enzo but astonishingly laps Fiorano faster.
This sensational Japanese supplied GTO was delivered in 2011 and has only ever been serviced by the Ferrari main dealer and done so consistently ever year;
03/03/2012 @ 4,589km
23/02/2013 @ 5,421km
29/01/2014 @ 6,043km
31/01/2015 @ 7,300km
29/01/2016 @ 7,949km
Supplied with both keys, all owners manuals and its Ferrari cover it is ready for the next custodian to enjoy and take responsibility of this very special car.
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