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599XX debut in Valencia

On 29, 30 and 31 January the 599XX will debut on the Ricardo Tormo circuit in Valencia. Seven of the clients who bought this non-homologated sports Berlinetta, planned for use on the track, will have the opportunity to drive the car on the Spanish circuit. After the car’s technical presentation the driver’s position will be set up, followed by theoretical instructions regarding telemetry and two driving sessions, where the clients are accompanied by a Ferrari instructor.

The programme includes the participation in a series of events held on the track and organised by Ferrari on different race tracks in America, Europe and Asia, including the Finali Mondiali: like in Valencia on these occasions the cars are assisted by an official team of technicians, able to deliver the necessary assistance and support for the clients.

31 January 2010 – Today Felipe Massa was the main protagonist on the last day of the Ferrari 599XX’s activities with its debut on the track. The Brazilian driver, who will be busy as of tomorrow in the first official Formula 1 test session this season held at Valencia’s Ricardo Tormo circuit, met the clients, who, by purchasing the non-homologated sports Berlinetta, planned exclusively to use on the track, participate in the exclusive programme bearing the same name. After several laps on board of the car Felipe said: “I really enjoyed testing this car, I think it’s extremely powerful and has an exceptional stability. Considering that it has been planned for the track it’s really easy to drive.”

The clients showed great enthusiasm for the Ferrarista sharing the debut of this exceptional car.
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Wow that car looks nasty. What are the engine specs?
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Here is an overview on the 599XX...

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. These modifications, combined with the fact that internal attrition has been reduced and the maximum revs have been boosted to 9,000 rpm, helped achieve the target power output of 700 hp at 9,000 rpm. Particular attention was also paid to cutting the weight of the engine unit components. This was achieved both by optimising forms – as in the new crankshaft – and adopting exclusive materials, as in the carbon-fibre used for the intake plenums. A new gearbox shift strategy cuts overall gear-change times to 60 ms.

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 mechanical and electronic systems work together to get the maximum performance from the car under extreme high performance driving, for consistent lap times. The sporty handling has been improved thanks to the adoption of second generation SCM suspension system. Track usage is also made easier thanks to the new 'virtual car engineer', a screen in the car that provides a real-time indication of the vehicle's efficiency.

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.

In terms of the bodywork, composites and carbon-fibre have been widely used and the engineers drew on their experience in working with aluminium to reach the weight target. The development of increasingly high-performance materials has also benefited the carbon-ceramic braking system. The brake pads are now made from carbon-fibre, which means the callipers are smaller while guaranteeing the same efficiency. The new racing carbon-ceramic braking system also delivers shorter braking distances and is generally more efficient due to the weight saving.

The 599XX comes with slick tyres (29/67 R19 front and 31/71 R19 rear), specifically developed to maximise stability in cornering and increase lateral acceleration. They are fitted to 19 x 11J wheel rims at the front and 19 x 12J at the rear.

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Too bad it doesn't say what the weight of the car is.


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Too bad it doesn't say what the weight of the car is.


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Well the only figure I have read in regards to the weight, is a reduction of 770lbs from the 599GTB, of which the GTB is about 3722lbs. So the weight for the XX would be around 2952lbs.
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Here is a video of the 599XX debut at Valencia....

I have posted the same video under ''Videos'' for those who dont happen to see it in this thread.

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great video. thanks for sharing it with us.
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