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The fastest production sportscar Ferrari produce, the 599 GTB, will soon have a successor.
The F620 GT in classic will have its world premier in March at the 2012 Geneva AutoSalon.
It is called internally F152 as we previously reported but at launch it will publicly wear the official model number F620.
It will be powered by a V12 engine with a displacement of 6.3 litres, and a range topping 710 hp and expected to do the 0-60 sprint in around 3.5 seconds. This will be sent to the rear wheels with the same 7 speed dual clutch gearbox as in the 458 albeit tweaked for the additional power output.
The styling will be a fusion of the 458 Italia and the FF following the current range design cues.
Here are the first spy shots of the 599 replacement due late in 2012, as you can see the guys from Marinello want to keep this cars details a secret by covering the prancing horse with its camouflage.
The internals will be derived from the FF, the flagship model will ride on an aluminium chassis that has a multi-link rear suspension.
Also rumoured that there will be excessive use of composites on this car to reduce weight from the previous 599.
The power unit will be a 6.3-liter V12 engine that produces 700 hp (522 kW / 710 PS). It will be mated to a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission which will send power to the rear-wheels through an electronically locking rear differential.
This will make it more powerful then both the FF and the 599 GTO but most important, it will be more powerful than the Lamborghini Aventador.
Power will be delivered to the rear wheels via a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission with a F1 style electronic differential.
Expect the car to be revealed at the 2012 Geneva Motorshow.
The award-winning Ferrari 458 Italia took centre stage at the Goodwood Festival of Speed today, alongside the new flagship V12 four-seater, the FF, and the front-engined V8 California.
In a superb display of performance and power, the 458 Italia demonstrated its racing-derived pedigree in today’s “Windows 7 Supercar Run”. The V8 mid-rear engined supercar took to the famous hillclimb this morning in an exciting and passionate drive up the 1.16 mile course.
The 458 Italia continues the Ferrari tradition of putting the thrill into driving thanks to years of track-derived technological innovations. Finished in a “bi-colore” scheme of Dark Red with a Nero Daytona (black) roof, the 458 Italia captures the racing heritage with carbon-fibre F1-inspired front winglets and carbon-fibre intake manifold and engine bay.
Scuderia Ferrari Marlboro driver, Marc Gené was also on hand today to put the 2010 Ferrari F60 single-seater, which was driven by Fernando Alonso during his fight for the F1 title last year, through its paces up the famous hillclimb course.
There are also several fine examples of classic Ferraris from the 1950s, 60s and 70s on display at the Festival of Speed, including a unique 375 MM from 1953, a beautiful 246 Tasman from 1968 and a superb 312 B3 from 1973. They can all be seen over the weekend in both the F1 Paddock and the Cathedral Paddock.
Today, at Germany’s Nurburgring circuit, three days of testing got underway with fifteen Ferrari 599XX and four FXX, the amazing laboratory-cars of the eponymous development programme, taking to the track for some free practice sessions.
Coming together at this special event is the present and the future, represented by these non-homologated sports cars and the Maranello company’s past, in the shape of some of the single-seaters that have written their part in Scuderia Ferrari’s Formula 1 history. Ten of these will be in action in Germany, run by the F1 Clienti Department of Maranello, taking turns on the circuit so that their owners can experience the excitement of driving on of the most famous tracks in motor sport.
Among these rare jewels are the F190 raced by Nigel Mansell in the 1990 Formula 1 Championship, the 412 T1 with which Gerhard Berger won the 1994 German Grand Prix, the F300, which was the forty fifth car built by Scuderia Ferrari for the 1998 season, driven to six wins by Michael Schumacher and the F2001, with which the German champion won nine races. Also present, the more recent F2007, which took both World titles for the Scuderia.
I was cutting wood so was unable to attend but my Missus managed to get 1 good shot of the Ferrari for me Thank you Jane x
This was achieved on the 21-04-2010 after only 2 laps of the Nordschleife that day!
Also worth mentioning is the Radical got a time of 6m 48s and the Gumpert 7:11 so it is up there with the best times.
Heres the Press release:-
Beijing, 23 April – The Ferrari 599XX is the first ever production-derived sports car to break the 7-minute barrier on the classic 20.832 km Nordschleife circuit, lapping in 6 min 58.16 sec.
The 599XX, which inspired the 599 GTO, is an extreme berlinetta designed for track but not official competition use, and is a veritable technological laboratory incorporating a number of innovative solutions. Some of these will remain the exclusive preserve of the 599XX while others have already filtered down to the 599 GTO, introduced today at the Beijing Motor Show. These include the wheel doughnuts of F1 derivation which serve two purposes – to reduce turbulence and thus drag, and improve brake cooling.
Powered by a development of the V12 engine used by the 599 GTB Fiorano, the 599XX features Ferrari’s High-Performance Dynamic Concept, a novel integrated design and chassis set-up that uses sophisticated electronics to govern the mechanical limits of the handling for maximum performance.
On the aerodynamics front, the car sees the introduction for the first time of the Actiflow™ System that increases downforce and/or cuts drag depending on the car’s trim during cornering. This, together with other careful detailing, ensures that the 599XX boasts extraordinary levels of downforce – up to 630 kg at 300 km/h.
Fundamental to the performance of the car was the development of specific components undertaken together with our technical partners: Brembo for the carbon-ceramic brakes, Michelin for the tyres and Shell for the fuel and lubricants.
Also worth mentioning that I was the only person reporting on the story who was actually there as seen below.
At the end of the industry test day, I can only describe the noise as shock and awe as the Ferrari 599XX blipped past me in mid throttle.
The car only did 2 laps before the Touristen Fahrten on the 21-04-2010 but it is the fastest most planted car I have seen on the Nordschleife for some time.
If you look at the Ferrari Specs for the 599xx it omniously says “Nurburgring Lap Time TBC” look’s like it will soon be told to the world.
While based on the 599 GTB Fiorano ,with the same transaxle layout and engine type, this prototype is an extreme track car. Ferrari’s engineers have carried out extensive work on the engine’s combustion chambers and inlet and exhaust tracts. The 599XX is characterised by an innovative electronic concept called the ‘High Performance Dynamic Concept’, which has been designed to get maximum performance from the car by managing the combination of the car’s mechanical limits with the potential of its electronic controls.
The 599XX’s aerodynamics were honed in numerous Wind Tunnel test sessions with the result that the car now boasts 280 kg of down-force at 200 km/h (630 kg at 300 km/h). The front underside of the body is completely faired-in and the vents that channel hot air from the engine bay have been moved to the bonnet.
The ‘Actiflow™’ system increases down-force and/or cuts drag, depending on the car’s trim cornering conditions, courtesy of the use of a porous material in the diffuser and two fans in the boot, which channel the air flow from under the car out through two grilles next to the tail lights. Winglets have been added to the rear buttresses to increase downf-orce, while synthetic jets have also been incorporated into the rear of the car to control and smooth the air flow and to reduce drag. Ferrari’s engineers have also used F1-derived ‘doughnuts’, which partly cover the brake discs and wheel rim. These have the dual functions of improving aerodynamics and cooling the brakes.