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
Like the XX, the GTO's new suspension was designed from the outset to work with the stability-control system. Most of the chassis control work has been concentrated at the front end - Matteo Lanzavecchia, Ferrari's chief chassis engineer, talks about the ‘power' of the front end, its ability to turn the car and generate G-force. The front tyres on the GTO are 285/30s and 9.5in wide, compared with 245/35s at 8.0in wide on the standard 599. So the GTO's front rubber is about halfway in width between the GTB's and the XX's. At the rear, the width has gone up from 11.0in to 11.5in. So the relative ‘power' of the front end has increased a lot more than the rear - it gives a 20 per cent increase in lateral G for any given steering input over the GTB, and a 20 per cent reduction in the time it takes the car to settle. The steering ratio itself is unchanged.