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Ferrari 599XX Evolution - Web Exclusive

The 36th annual Bologna Auto Show in Italy provided the venue for the unveiling of an evolution of the extreme, non-homologated Ferrari 599XX.

Greg Emmerson
Nov 30, 2011

Ferrari introduced a package of performance-enhancing technical features available to clients participating in the track-based research and development program for the 2012-2013 season.

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Already the fruit of the finest Ferrari road car and Formula 1 technology, the 599XX now features improved chassis dynamics thanks to an active aerodynamic package integrated with the vehicles’ electronics, plus new Pirelli tires. The car is also more powerful than before (740hp) and weighs 77 lb less.

The key to the aero package is the active rear wing that represents a new concept called ‘opening gap’. The wing features two flaps, with profiles similar to those used in F1, which rotate electronically to adjust the downforce between the front and rear axles in relation to vehicle speed and the maneuver being undertaken. The result is better performance in cornering.

The 599XX active rear wing is actuated automatically according to specific parameters integrated into the car’s ESP, ABS, SCM and F1-Trac. The ‘opening gap’ system is based on the following parameters: steering wheel angle, longitudinal acceleration, lateral acceleration and vehicle speed.

The new aerodynamics also include a modified front splitter and new rear diffuser featuring a larger surface area with redesigned fences and foot-plates. Total downforce at 125mph is boosted to 730 lb when the flaps are open, and 970 lb in the closed configuration.

The adoption of side exhausts allowed the engineers to increase engine power by 20ho to 740hp (again at 9000rpm), while maximum torque has been increased to 516 lb-ft. When combined with a final gear ratio that’s slightly shorter to improve acceleration, the result is a car that laps Ferrari’s Fiorano test track in just 1’15”.

By Greg Emmerson
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