THE BLACKBOOK: Not every Ferrari can be a GTO

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Ferrari’s iconic GTO designation stands for Gran Turismo Omologato and refers to its models that were built for racing qualification purposes. Only 3 Ferraris were ever granted GTO spec: The 1965 250 GTO, the 1984 288 GTO and the 2010 to 2013 599 GTO. While only 599 units were built, the 599 GTO was not built for homolgation purposes and was not registered in any sanctioned racing.

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When you look at the spec sheet of the 599, you have to ask yourself, why wasn’t Ferrari racing this car? The 599 GTO became the ‘street legal’ version of the super high performance track only 599XX. In 2010, the 599 GTO clocked in the fastest ever time on Ferrari’s test track at 1:24, a full second faster than the Enzo supercar.

While not destined for racing, the 599 GTO is also a track ready contender with total output at 670 horsepower. The machine weighs in at only 1495 kilograms which represents a track ready power to weight ratio of 2.23 kg per horsepower. Other track ready stats are a 0-100 km/h time of 3.35 seconds and a top speed of 335 km/h.

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599 GTO’s included Ferrari’s ground breaking F1 Trac traction control system. The system is designed to offer the most robust handling characteristics at different speed ranges. The system constantly monitors road condition and driver inputs to maximize power delivery. The driving dynamics can be fully adjusted to suit the driver’s own style and demands.

True carbon fiber F1 paddle shifters are connected to the 599XX derived track spec 6 speed transmission. 60 millisecond shift times means the 599 GTO can execute high performance downshifts like its track only big brother. A tricked out Magnetorheological suspension and carbon ceramic brakes handle all that power and speed at the wheels. All 599 GTO’s are equipped with a 5999 cc 65 degree V12 engine that breathes through Ferrari’s racing style manifold system. Ferrari’s racing exhaust note comes standard!

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Only 599 of these magnificent machines were made and this particular example represents a beautiful two-tone colour combination of silverstone and nero and finished with Ferrari’s own red leather interior. This 2011 model has only 9,990 kilometers on the clock and would be a welcome edition to any serious collector’s garage.

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By Doron Levy Courtesy TheTopTier Digital Media

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