Ferrari 599XX breaks Nurburgring 7-minute barrier

April 27th, 2010 by Darren Cottingham

The Ferrari 599XX has become  the first ever production-derived sports car to break the 7-minute barrier on the classic Nürburgring Nordschleife 20.832 km circuit, lapping in a time of 6 min 58.16 sec.

The new record was set on 21 April 2010 with Ferrari road car test driver Raffaele de Simone behind the wheel, beating a time of 6 minutes 58.5 seconds set by German Touring Car Driver Florian Gruber in another Ferrari 599XX. These times are both faster than Ferrari 312T Formula One car driven by Niki Lauda in a time of 6 minutes 58.6 seconds that put the Austrian legend on pole position for the 1975 Grand Prix , the best ever time for an F1 car on the Nürburgring Nordschleife circuit.

With 154 corners, notorious sections such as Flugplatz, Berwerk and Caracciola Karussell, the Nürburgring Nordschleife plunges through the pine forests of the Eifel Mountains, providing drivers with few reference points and leading Sir Jackie Stewart to christen the track ‘the green hell’ and that he would never do more laps than were absolutely necessary. It remains the ultimate test of a car’s all-round performance ability and, unlike most race tracks, the track produces cars that also perform well on the road. As the home of German motorsport and an international legend, Ferrari have long used the track for racing and testing. It is, therefore a Mecca for Ferrari fans, as shown by the fact that a Ferrari Store was opened at the track in 2009.

The 599XX, which inspired the 599 GTO, is an extreme berlinetta designed for track but not official competition use, and is a veritable technological laboratory incorporating a number of innovative solutions. Some of these will remain the exclusive preserve of the 599XX while others have already filtered down to the 599 GTO, introduced at the Beijing Motor Show. These include the wheel doughnuts derived from F1 which serve two purposes – to reduce turbulence and thus drag, and improve brake cooling.

Powered by a development of the V12 engine used by the 599 GTB Fiorano, the 599XX features Ferrari’s High-Performance Dynamic Concept, a novel integrated design and chassis set-up that uses sophisticated electronics to govern the mechanical limits of the handling for maximum performance.

On the aerodynamics front, the car sees the introduction for the first time of the Actiflowâ„¢ System that increases downforce and/or cuts drag depending on the car’s trim during cornering. This, together with other careful detailing, ensures that the 599XX boasts extraordinary levels of downforce – up to 630 kg at 300 km/h.

Fundamental to the performance of the car was the development of specific components undertaken together with our technical partners: Brembo for the carbon-ceramic brakes, Michelin for the tyres and Shell for the fuel and lubricants.

Ferrari reveals future plans for five new models

April 22nd, 2010 by Darren Cottingham

The Fiat group has become a major power in the new car market and is currently undergoing a major restructuring. Reports of the upcoming changes have begun to surface and the most exciting concerns Fiat’s prize asset – Ferrari.

The plan is for Ferrari to get busy and release five new models over the next three years. A new 458 Spider, Ferrari Enzo “special series”, and four other new models are all on the cards. The cars have been announced by Fiat and Chrysler CEO Sergio Marchionne at a press conference yesterday.

The 458 drop-top and an all-new 612 Scaglietti with a V12 engine are scheduled to enter production next year. Currently referred to as the F151, the 612 Scaglietti may also receive a hybrid powertrain.

Marchionne also announced a “new special series Enzo” would join the all-new 599 GTB Fiorano during 2012. This will be followed up with a major overhaul to the California, to create a California M facelift model. Also due for 2013 is a reworked and more powerful 458 Scuderia.

According to Marchionne both Ferrari and Maserati are looking to make each of their models more distinctive, almost creating sub-brands within the two companies. Maserati is expected to release two new models, placed below the GranTurismo, before 2015.

Ferrari vs Smart car

March 24th, 2010 by Darren Cottingham

Ferrari vs Smart car…Who will win???

Ferrari vs Dodge Viper – See Who Wins

March 10th, 2010 by Darren Cottingham

This is a video shot in California. Blue Ferrari vs Dodge Viper.

Ultimate Play Date – Testing Five Exotic Supercars

February 18th, 2010 by Darren Cottingham

Testing Five Exotic Supercars

Ferrari to reveal production hybrid model

January 29th, 2010 by Darren Cottingham

News of a future hybrid from Ferrari is nothing new, but an actual date is now planned when the Italian supercar manufacturer will reveal the 599 Super Hybrid. And it’s close too, during the first week of March at the Geneva Motor Show, according to Ferrari CEO Luca di Montezemolo.

The announcement came during the recent unveiling of Ferrari’s new F10 Formula One car, which is appropriate as it was during the 2009 F1 season that Ferrari first began using its Kinetic Energy Recovery System — a hybrid technology that captures energy normally lost to braking.

It’s currently unclear what kind of hybrid setup Ferrari will show off in its 599 super hybrid, but something similar to the F1-tech KERS system seems likely, and Ferrari has also been researching all-wheel-drive hybrids as well.

Check back as we bring you more on Ferrari’s first production hybrid vehicle.

Out of control Ferrari nearly hits kids

December 20th, 2009 by Darren Cottingham
The Father’s Day Ferrari show in Hartford, Conneticut. One Ferrari loses it on the turn and a father dives to save his kids. The cops aren’t far behind

The Father’s Day Ferrari show in Hartford, Conneticut. One Ferrari loses it on the turn and a father dives to save his kids. The cops aren’t far behind

Ferrari 599 airbrushed to look like fine China

December 20th, 2009 by Darren Cottingham
2009 marks the fifth anniversary of Ferraris presence in China. During this time Ferrari has witnessed, first-hand, the epic changes that have transformed East Asia and to commemorate the occasion, Ferrari has partnered with a prominent contemporary Chinese artist, Lu Hao, to create the unique Ferrari 599 China.

2009 marks the fifth anniversary of Ferraris presence in China. During this time Ferrari has witnessed, first-hand, the epic changes that have transformed East Asia and to commemorate the occasion, Ferrari has partnered with a prominent contemporary Chinese artist, Lu Hao, to create the unique Ferrari 599 China.