Ferrari 599XX Posts 6Min 58.16Sec 'Ring Time

A new 'Ring record for Ferrari
A new 'Ring record for Ferrari
Ferrari has just released its official 'Ring laptime for the 599XX - and is claiming the first ever sub-seven minute time for a 'production-derived' sports car.

We've been expecting an announcement of this kind since March last year when Ferrari announced it would be pitting the car against the classic circuit, and there have been various images of the car on the track over the last few days and weeks.

It's an impressive time without a doubt, but is 'production derived' a suitable category for a record? Let the debate begin...

Official release below:

Maranello, 23 April 2010 - The Ferrari 599XX is the first ever production-derived sports car to break the 7-minute barrier on the classic 20.832 km Nordschleife circuit, lapping in 6 min 58.16 sec.

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 today at the Beijing Motor Show. These include the wheel doughnuts of F1 derivation 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 Actiflow™ 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.

P.H. O'meter

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  • andyps 26 Apr 2010

    FOURRONE said:
    andyps said:
    FOURRONE said:
    I no gambler but you only have to look at the Ultima web site to see that when they have set out to take a record they usually get the result
    Which means that there may well be a good reason why they haven't ever tried to set a record for a lap at the 'ring. Your statement can very easily be interpreted that they only set out to take a record where they know they can succeed.
    Maybe but even so you have to admit they have run up a fair list of records
    I am not in any way trying to knock the achievements of Ultima, and am happy to accept as stated above that they have been to the 'ring but the weather was against them. They would, however, be daft to publicly try and go for a record which they thought they were unlikely to achieve, and I am sure they are intelligent enough to know this.

  • FOURRONE 26 Apr 2010

    andyps said:
    FOURRONE said:
    I no gambler but you only have to look at the Ultima web site to see that when they have set out to take a record they usually get the result
    Which means that there may well be a good reason why they haven't ever tried to set a record for a lap at the 'ring. Your statement can very easily be interpreted that they only set out to take a record where they know they can succeed.
    Maybe but even so you have to admit they have run up a fair list of records

  • ctallchris 26 Apr 2010

    Scuffers said:
    ctallchris said:
    Ferrari said:
    despite being road legal the SR8 is basically a spaceframe racing car so it's time doesn't count
    I don't see what being built around a spaceframe has to do with it Especially given the Ferrari 360 is built around a spaceframe.
    360 is not a spaceframe, any more than a Renault Spider was, or a Lotus Elise is, it;s a welded ali tub

    I would have said it is closer to a spaceframe than a lotus style tub from the only image i could find.


    however if the 360 is not a spaceframe the F40 is a spaceframe car.

  • pilbeam_mp62 26 Apr 2010

    andyps said:
    FOURRONE said:
    I no gambler but you only have to look at the Ultima web site to see that when they have set out to take a record they usually get the result
    Which means that there may well be a good reason why they haven't ever tried to set a record for a lap at the 'ring. Your statement can very easily be interpreted that they only set out to take a record where they know they can succeed.
    They went last August, but bad weather meant that they could not set a fast time.

  • Ahonen 26 Apr 2010

    sjn2004 said:
    havoc said:
    sjn2004 said:
    I bit of research might not go a miss.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2009_24_Hours_of_Le_M...

    GT2 1st,2nd,3rd,4th Ferrari........11th Porsche
    When was the last factory, or even quasi-factory team?!? IIRC Prodrive was the last of those...all others have been privateer teams.
    I guess when the "Prancing Horse" is coming in 1st,2nd,3rd,4th,6th,7th,8th,9th,10th place in GT2 at Le Man a factory team isn't needed.
    Hmm. Porsche won the ALMS, LMS, FIA GT Championship and Sebring 12-hour. Not quite as one sided as you seem to think. And if you know anything about sportscar racing you'll know that both Porsche and Ferrari are throwing a lot of factory assistance at their top teams - AF Corse are employing both Jean Alesi and Giancarlo Fisichella this year (and were given a kicking at Ricard the other week).

    The guy who you initially replied to was referring to GT1, of course, which he was entirely correct about.

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