“German Tuning Overkill”
When Ferrari introduced the 599 GTO to the market it was the automaker’s fastest road car ever. Ferrari pushed the 599’s output to 670 horses, used lightweight composite and race-spec materials for the body, updated the aerodynamics, and fine-tuned the suspension for the 599 GTO model. After all that the 599 can’t get any better, right?
WRONG. The Ferrari specialists over in Germany at Novitec Rosso decided to take the limited-edition GTO to a new level of performance. Engineers developed an even more potent version of their twin-supercharger system for the 599’s 6.0-liter V-12, forcing in air at 0.45 BAR (6.5 PSI). Both superchargers are driven by a cogged V-belt, use a dedicated oil circuit for lubrication, and feature a large water-to-air intercooler to reduce intake air temperatures. The new supercharger kit also utilizes new high-performance air filters and injectors to further boost power. Allowing the supercharged engine to scream is a new stainless steel exhaust with four 90-mm black-coated exhaust tips and an adjustable exhaust note controlled via steering wheel. All modifications work in harmony with the Novitec Rosso 599 GTO engine management system, sending output to 888 horsepower (653 kW) at 8,400 RPM and 636 lb-ft. (862 Nm) at 6,600 RPM. This added power, coupled with the lightning-fast six-speed F1 gearbox, sends the Novitec Rosso 599 GTO to 62 mph in just 3.2 seconds, 124 mph in only 9.1 seconds, and to a top speed of over 211.27 mph (340 km/h).
One of the most exciting aspects besides the extreme power output is the low overall weight of the 599 GTO. Ferrari’s use of lightweight composites for the body construction resulted in a low overall weight of just 3,296 lbs. (1,495 kg). Novitec Rosso has taken it a step further with their new NF4 wheels. Custom-developed for the Ferrari 599 GTO, the five-double spoke wheels wear an anodized titanium finish. Up front the wheels measure 10J x 21 and weigh in at 22.9 lbs. (10.4 kg), while the rear sports 12J x 22 wheels that weigh 30.4 lbs. (13.8 kg). New 295/25 ZR 21 front and 355/25 ZR 22 rear Pirelli PZero tires are fitted and offer even greater grip, greatly improving handling.
Novitec Rosso also took on the suspension, providing the 599 GTO with a lower center of gravity. To make the supercar even more precise on the track, Novitec Rosso has fitted new sport springs to the 599 GTO. As an option, customers can also order the Novitec Rosso front-axle lift system that can raise the front of the car by 40 mm to overcome speed bumps and parking ramps. The system lowers at the touch of a button or when the car reaches 50 mph (80 km/h).
The body of the Novitec Rosso 599 GTO was kept mostly stock, as the aerodynamics and lightweight bodywork from Ferrari were already technological achievements. Instead, Novitec Rosso added a special silver paint with yellow cross stripe across the front fenders and hood and white patches on the doors for the starting numbers. The paint scheme is a tribute to the Ferrari 250 GTO chassis number 4153 that won the 1964 Tour de France. All the exterior lights including the taillights, third brake light, rear fog lights, and side markers all wear a new black finish. Novitec Rosso also offers customers the option to completely customize the interior with leather or alcantara in any color.
The Novitec Rosso 599 GTO is currently available from the Germany-based tuning company. Pricing has not been released.
Novitec Rosso Ferrari 599 GTO Specifications
Displacement: 6.0 liters
Maximum Boost Pressure: 0.45 BAR (6.5 PSI)
Maximum Horsepower: 888 (653 kW) at 8,400 RPM
Maximum Torque: 636 lb-ft. (862 Nm) at 6,600 RPM
-High performance air intake
-Stainless steel exhaust system with 4 x 90 mm black tailpipes and adjustable volume
-Novitec Rosso engine management system
Type: F1 Six-speed + reverse
Acceleration 0-62 mph: 3.2 seconds
Acceleration 0-124 mph: 9.1 seconds
Top Speed: Over 211.27 mph (340 km/h)
Power-to-Weight Ratio: 1.74 kg/hp
Wheels and Suspension:
Wheels: NF4 lightweight forged, five double-spoke with anodized titanium finish
Front Wheels: 10J x 21; 22.9 lbs. (10.4 kg) each
Rear Wheels: 12J x 22; 30.4 lbs. (13.8 kg) each
Tires: Pirelli PZero
Front Tires: 295/25 ZR 21
Rear Tires: 355/25 ZR 22
Suspension: Novitec Rosso sport springs
Optional: Novitec Rosso front-end lift system; raises car by 40 mm
-1964 Tour de France 250 GTO racing livery
-Black exterior lighting
-Custom leather or alcantara in any color
Here’s a clip of that exhaust!
Novitec Rosso Ferrari 599 GTO Gallery
[Source: Novitec Rosso]
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