October 7th, 2009 by Darren Cottingham
In theory in a communist country, all Ferraris should be equal, but now some are more equal than others. Ferrari has created a special-edition 599 GTB Fiorano made exclusively for the Chinese market. Only twelve of them are scheduled for production. But that’s not exclusive enough and an extra extravagant unique 599 has been created.
This one-of-a-kind Ferrari has been differentiated by Lu Hao, a Chinese artist who applied the special touches that make this Ferrari unique. It’s been decked out in the cracked glaze pattern of the coveted Song Dynasty-era Ge Liln porcelain, and signed by the artist himself. There is also a jade engine starter button and a name plaque.
The unique supercar is ready to be auctioned off for charity in Beijing on November 3.
November 4th, 2008 by Darren Cottingham
Tuning company Novitec Rosso has been busy developing go-faster kits for already high performing Ferraris.
An upgraded Ferrari 599 GTB Fiorano can achieve a maximum rated power output of 808 hp / 594 kW, a peak torque of 823 Nm and a top speed of more than 340 km/h, all the result of a high-tech twin compressor conversion. The tuning is accompanied by an aerodynamic-enhancement kit developed in the wind tunnel, three-piece 21-inch wheels with correspondingly calibrated sports suspension, a high-performance brake system, and custom interior options.
As for the Ferrari F430, Novitec Rosso relies on mechanically supercharging the six-litre four-valve V12 engine of the F599 with two compressors for boosting performance. The cogged-belt driven high-performance superchargers produce a maximum boost pressure of 0.39 bars, and are a lubricated by their own dedicated oil circulation. The pre-compressed air is then cooled down to a level conducive for added power by a large intercooler that itself is cooled by a dedicated water cycle. A specially designed intake manifold with high-performance injectors and sport air filter round out the conversion on the intake side.
In addition, Novitec Rosso installs custom exhaust manifolds calibrated to the twin compressors, and the Novitec Rosso stainless-steel quad sport exhaust system with a tailpipe diameter of 90 millimeters. The exhaust note can be adjusted using the ‘manettino’ switch on the steering wheel from ‘sporty yet discrete’ to ‘definitely sounds like racing.’
The Novitec Rosso engine management coordinates the interaction of all conversion components. It not only ensures maximum power yield but also smooth running and maximum longevity.
Such performance places extreme demands on perfectly balanced aerodynamics. The Novitec Rosso designers went into the wind tunnel to develop aerodynamic-enhancement components that add some visual pizzazz to the 599 and make it more aerodynamically efficient. The front spoiler lip is attached to the production bumper and reduces lift on the front axle. Its aerodynamic counterpart in the rear is the rear diffuser that can optionally be combined with a rear spoiler.
The extensive high-performance package for the 599 also includes custom-tailored Novitec Rosso NF3 light-alloy wheels with high-performance tires from PIRELLI.
These king-size wheels offers space for the high-performance brake system developed in cooperation with Brembo. The brake uses the largest components currently legal for street use. The front and rear features steel discs with diameters of 405 millimeters and six-piston brake calipers.
Bound and rebound of the height-adjustable Novitec Rosso sport suspension can be adjusted to each 599 owner’s individual preferences. In addition the suspension also offers a highly useful lift feature that is activated by pushing a button in the cockpit. The front of the car can be raised by 40 millimeters to navigate safely past obstacles such as parking ramps or speed bumps without scraping the front apron. The suspension automatically reverts to its original position once the car reaches a speed of 80 km/h.
So when a standard Ferrari just isn’t scary enough, get in touch with Novitec Rosso who will make sure you have the meanest Ferrari since Magnum P.I.