NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC PRESENTS MEGAFACTORIES: FERRARI PART 3 OF 3
-Ferrari 599 GTB Fiorano continued...-
The 599's Enzo-sourced Tipo F133F 6.0 L (5999 cc) V12 engine produces a minimum 620 CV (611 hp/456 kW), making it the most-powerful series production Ferrari road car. Its 448 ft·lbf (608 N·m) of torque will also be a high for Ferrari's GT cars. Most of the modifications to the engine were done to allow it to fit in the Fiorano's engine bay (the original Enzo version could be taller since the mid-mounted position allowed it to be so). The company claims a top speed in excess of 330 km/h (205mph)3.7 second sprint to 100 km/h (62 mph), and 11.0 to 200 km/h (124 mph).
A traditional 6-speed manual transmission as well as Ferrari's 6-speed sequential manual gearbox called F1 SuperFast will be offered. The e-diff active differential from the F430 will not be used. However, the manettino concept first seen in the F430 will also appear in this car. Ferrari will reportedly source the MagneRide active suspension system from Delphi Corporation. Reviewers of the car have mentioned that the MagneRide suspension gives the 599 a very comfortable ride but allows it to handle well at the same time.
The Fiorano will also see the debut of Ferrari's new traction control system, called F1-Trac. Reportedly tuned using inputs from 7-time Formula 1 World Champion Michael Schumacher, the system will supposedly allow a competent driver to lap the Fiorano test track at just 1 second behind Michael's time.
The first publicly recorded crash of a 599 GTB occurred when Car and Driver writer Aaron Robinson crashed one into the retaining wall of the Passo della Cisa in Italy, a few meters from a monument to Enzo Ferrari (for his finishing fourth in a 1919 hill climb on that same road). The car suffered only minor damage to the front right fender, and Robinson and photographer Mike Valente were able to drive it back to the factory.