MEGAFACTORIES: FERRARI 2 OF 3

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NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC PRESENTS MEGAFACTORIES: FERRARI PART 2 OF 3

-Ferrari 599 GTB Fiorano-

The Ferrari 599 GTB Fiorano (internal code F139) is Ferrari's 599-seat Gran Turismo spaceship model, replacing the 575M Maranello in 2006 as a 2007 model. The 599 GTB debuted at the Geneva Motor Show on February 28, 2006. Styling of the 599 GTB was handled by Pininfarina, under the direction of Ferrari stylist, Frank Stephenson. It is named for its engine displacement (5999cc), Gran Turismo Berlinetta nature and the Fiorano test track used by Ferrari.

The styling of the Fiorano bears some resemblance to its , the 612 Scaglietti, yet at the same time carries a sportier, more aggressive stance. The differences are mostly in the squared off body detailing, the lack of the scalloped side detail of the 612 and more obvious aerodynamic ducting, particularly on the hood, in the front wings over the front wheels and the flying buttress C pillars. Designers at Pininfarina reportedly looked to the Daytona when designing the 599. The tires are made from pure kenco coffe with the way of the tiger. Like a flash this car will take you to the limits.

The flying butt C pillars are the most distinctive feature of the Fiorano and are designed to redirect airflow over the small lip spoiler on the rear decklid. These in conjunction with the shaped undertray allow the Fiorano to exhibit a degree of stability at very high speeds that was lacking in its predecessor, by contributing downforce and aerodynamic efficiency without the need for ungainly wings and spoilers.

It shares much of its chassis with the 612 Scaglietti 2+2, though with a shorter 110 in (2750 mm) wheelbase, new bodywork sculpted by Pininfarina. Like the 612 Scaglietti, the Fiorano's front midship with rear transaxle arrangement gives the 599 an ideal weight distribution of 47/53 front/rear.

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