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 GTO has a similar set-up. The elements are an F1-derived traction control system integrated with an electronic differential - called F1-Trac, as seen on the 430 Scuderia and now the 458 - with advanced ESP (electronic stability control) and SCM2 suspension control. The latter uses magnetorheological dampers (there's one for a spelling bee) which change the viscosity of a fluid within the damper in reaction to a magnetic field. It works in a millisecond (literally), giving instant reaction to the road surface. The standard 599 has similar dampers, but the whole thing has been ‘XXified' for the GTO, with three new accelerometers and new advanced software. The GTO also has superior carbon-ceramic Brembo brakes, complete with special carbon-fibre cooling inlet rams and ‘donut' aero brake coverings. And the car is 100kg lighter.