Ferrari 599 GTO driven
A Ferrari GTO is a rare beast – this 599 version is only the third in 63 years. TopGear tracks it down in Tuscany...
Posted: 21 Jan 2011
The XX is a high-end, track-only, £1.4m development ‘mule', featuring some of the most advanced technology ever built into a car. It is set up like a fly-by-wire fighter jet. That is, it's designed to be far superior to a ‘normal' car dynamically with its electronic systems turned on, with the sacrifice being instability with them disengaged. In fighter jets like the Eurofighter they call it ‘relaxed stability', where computer control intervenes constantly to keep the aircraft trimmed in normal flight in a way no human could - but when it comes to manoeuvrability, the thing is incredible, far better than aircraft designed to be naturally stable. Same with the XX's chassis agility - the ESP systems are integrated into the suspension design from the start to help sort things out for the driver into, through and beyond the apex of a corner.