November 17, 2006--The 20,000-mile trek from Brazil to New York came to its epic conclusion as two Ferrari 599 GTB Fioranos crossed the finish line at the New York Stock Exchange.
The Panamerican 20,000 was the latest and most comprehensive test of Ferrari's new 599 GTB Fiorano. On an often grueling 15-leg journey, a herd of 48 journalists took turns driving a brace of 599s from Belo Horizonte in Brazil to the Argentinian pampa; over Andean plateaus and through mountain passes some 13,000 feet above sea level; through the Central American tropics and across Mexico and the United States, with a stop in deepest, darkest Canada before reaching the final destination (our participation was featured in the February 2007 issue). Having made it over the rugged Andean roads with minimal damage to tires and rims, all the cars needed were regular oil changes.
This is not the first time Ferrari has embarked upon this type of journey. In 1997, it sent the F355 model on a tour around the world. In 2005, two 612 Scagliettis made a tour of China. We can't help but wonder what's next. Rallying the moon, perhaps? www.ferrariworld.com