Vehicle Spotlight: 2010 Ferrari 599 GTO

Over the past 71 years Ferrari has been in business, their factory in Maranello has produced everything from exotic hypercars to four-door hatchbacks. While Ferrari is known for its speed, sound, and beauty, they have produced a limited number of raw track-focused vehicles that embody what the manufacturer originally stood for. With that being said, Ferrari has produced only three vehicles with the GTO badge. GTO means gran turismo omologato, which in English is translated to homologated grand tourer. The name “homologated grand tourer” indicates that the car is certified to race in the grand tourer class. The first GTO, which is considered the most expensive and historic car in Ferrari racing history, is the 250, and the second vehicle with the GTO badge is the 288. This car came out of Maranello in the mid-1980s as the highest performance car that the company produced at the time. Lastly, the 599 GTO was created as a lighter version of the roadgoing 599 GTB and had multiple parts from the track-focused FXX. Garnering the GTO badge is extremely significant, again, as there have only been three produced in the company's history.

When it was introduced on April 8, 2010, Ferrari called the 599 GTO “the most extreme sports car” it had ever produced. At the time this was an incredibly bold statement considering the numerous F1 victories in addition to the pavement-killing supercars that Ferrari already had under their belt. For Ferrari enthusiasts it is hard to get much better than cars such as the F40, 288 GTO, Enzo, etc., but looking back at the car years later has allowed for enthusiasts to realize that Ferrari actually meant what they said when it came to this statement.

Now some may question what made the 599 GTO worth the extra two-hundred thousand-dollar price tag, and was it really that much better than its younger brother, the 599 GTB? While some enthusiasts may disagree, most can concur that the upgrades the 599 GTO received turned the car into a totally different beast. To start, the car received increased aerodynamics from a new dual vented hood design, in addition to a larger rear lip on the trunk. Along with new aerodynamics, the car received upgraded racing seats that were derived from the mighty 599XX. These seats were much more race-oriented and had tighter bolsters when compared to the Daytona seats in the GTB. When it came to the engine, a boost in fifty horsepower was added due to a redesigned crankshaft and intake. The new intake allowed for less restriction and cleaner air to flow more smoothly into the engine. In addition to this, a new crankshaft was designed, and the original pistons were redesigned with higher horsepower in mind. The transmission was also reworked in order to cut shift times by nearly half, thus bringing shift times to a mere 60 milliseconds. Lastly and most importantly the GTO received an exhaust that was directly derived from the race-oriented 599XX. Other small but important changes included carbon fiber paddle shifters, an increased redline, and a pair of at the time new Michelin pilot super sport tires. Both on the street and track the GTO screamed like no other V-12 out there, and it rivaled all exotic vehicles such as the Lamborghini Murcielago SV and the Porsche GT3RS. Today the car has a price of nearly seven hundred thousand dollars and is still considered the rawest V-12 that Ferrari has produced in decades.

The 2010 599 GTO currently on display at the Petersen Automotive Museum is on loan from a Private Collection. It features a desirable Rosso Corsa red livery with a dark stripe down the middle. It has a white interior with Daytona seats, white gauges, gunmetal-stylized rims, carbon ceramic brakes, black mirrors, and much more. Come down to the museum and check out this beautiful Pininfarina-styled Ferrari before it returns home!

Swan, Tony. “2011 Ferrari 599GTO.” Car and Driver, May 2010, www.caranddriver.com/reviews/2011-ferrari-599gto-review.

Written By: Connor Wohl