Taking the stock 599 GTO, which in unadulterated form dishes out as much as 670 horsepower, Novitec Rosso’s engineers have managed to dial-up output to a heady 888 horsepower and 636 pound-feet of torque.
The extra output is courtesy of a pair of high-performance superchargers, driven by a cogged V-belt and lubricated by a dedicated oil circuit. Maximum boost pressure, however, is limited to a relatively mild 6.5 psi.
A large water-to-air intercooler is also fitted and features a dedicated water circuit, an essential piece for maximum power yield and healthy engine temperatures. The intake side of the engine is further modified with an intake manifold custom-developed for the V-12 engine and features high-performance air filters and high-performance injectors.
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To make sure all the modifications work in harmony, a recalibrated ECU is also fitted.
The combination of a powerful engine, extremely fast shifting six-speed F1 transmission and the low weight of the 599 GTO (just 3,296 pounds) results in exceptional driving performance--the car now sprints from rest to 62 mph in just 3.2 seconds and to 124 mph in just 9.1 seconds. Top speed is more than 205 mph.
In case you were wondering, the silver paint with yellow cross stripe and white patches for the starting number is reminiscence to the Ferrari 250 GTO racing car with chassis-no. 4153. In it, the Belgians Lucien Bianchi and Georges Berger won the Tour de France in 1964. The modified 599 GTO also sports special forged wheels, which help to reduce unsprung weight. They are shod with Pirelli PZero tires measuring 295/25 ZR 21 up front and 335/25 ZR 22 in the rear.
Sports suspension springs have also been installed, and at the push of a button the driver can lift the front axle of the car by as much as 40 mm. Upon reaching a speed of 50 mph the suspension automatically reverts to its original position.
The new car is scheduled to make its debut on March 1 at the 2011 Geneva Motor Show. Until then, follow our complete coverage of the event by clicking here.