I love one-off ferraris so I am excited to see how this goes.Ferrari to build one-off model based on 599 GTO
BY BRETT DAVIS IN CAR NEWS, FERRARI ON AUGUST 28, 2012 AT 10:42 AM
When you’ve got the money, anything is possible. An avid Ferrari fan and rich enthusiast in Dubai named Cheerag Arya has put in a special order for Ferrari, to build him a striking coupe based on the 599 GTO.
Apparently up to 12 designs were presented to Arya before he selected the best combination of each for the final product.
This early sketch, first published by Ferrari Magazine, reveals the basis of what the one-off model could look like.
It kind of takes the shape of the new Ferrari F12, while there are elements of the 599 GTO in there too. Arya hasn’t said much about the design at this stage, but he has said it won’t borrow elements from any previous Ferrari.
“It’s not a recreation of a previous model. The car has a bit of everything in it, both old school and new.
“Once it’s done, I’ll keep it in Dubai, but will take it to Europe every summer. I won’t be showing it to the world, as it’s a personal thing to me.”
Underneath, most of the Ferrari 599 GTO powertrain is set to be used. This includes the monstrously powerful 6.0-litre naturally aspirated V12 which pumps out 493kW and 620Nm. Acceleration from 0-100km/h is likely to be nothing short of astonishing (GTO manages it in 3.3 seconds).
Ferrari 599XX Evolution delivered to Google engineering boss
BY BRETT DAVIS IN CAR NEWS, FERRARI ON SEPTEMBER 11, 2012 AT 10:54 AM
What do you do when you’re one of Google’s high up executives? You buy yourself a very special and very rare limited edition Ferrari 599XX Evolution of course.
President of Google engineering Benjamin Sloss – a self-confessed “horsepower junkie” – won this Ferrari 599XX Evolution at an auction event earlier this year which was organised to help raise money for the victims of the Emilia Romagna Earthquakes. Sloss put in the winning bid of 1.4 million euros (approximately AU$1.73 million).
The car has now just been delivered to Sloss at a special event in Monza, Italy, including the attendance of Ferrari boss Luca di Montezemolo. Ferrari F1 drivers Fernando Alonso and Felipe Massa were also on hand to hand over the keys.
The Ferrari 599XX Evolution is a special track-only vehicle based on the Ferrari 599. It features a 6.0-litre naturally aspirated V12 producing a whopping 552kW of power and 700Nm of torque.
Thanks to the help of various lightweight carbon fibre elements, the 599XX Evo has lapped the famous Nurburgring in just 6:58. This makes it one of the fastest production cars – including non-registrable cars – to ever lap the circuit.