Downforce plays a big part in that astonishing lap time. By stealing lots of the clever bits from the 599XX, the GTO generates 144kg of downforce at 120mph with no increase in drag. There’s a flat underbody, a separate lower wing, new diffusers at front and rear – and, most technicredibly, ‘wheel doughnuts’. These are positioned outside the brake disc, and ensure that hot air exiting the wheel is channelled along the car’s bodywork to minimise drag. That’s mighty clever, that is.
The GTO gets new springs and Ferrari’s second-generation of magnetorheological suspension, as well as a new breed of carbon ceramic brakes, which will haul the GTO from 62mph to a standstill in 32 metres. This, in other words, is a serious bit of kit.