Gran Turismo Omologato: three words in the Ferrari vocabulary that carry a monumental amount of significance. The first time they were used was in reference to the 1962 Ferrari 250 GTO – which was the pinnacle of the 250 series – as it had accumulated numerous GT class wins at the Tour de France, Targa Florio, and the 24 Hours of Le Mans when new. It proved to be the ultimate dual-purpose sports car, as it was perfectly capable on public roads or on the track.
In 1984, Ferrari unveiled the 288 GTO with the intention of competing in Group B rallying. However, the regulations were changed after the car had already been developed and introduced, but Ferrari still produced 272 road-legal versions, and all were sold before production began. Twenty-six years later, Ferrari would use the GTO name for a third time for their newest supercar, the 599 GTO.
Unlike its predecessors, the 599 GTO was not intended for racing, but that gave it no excuse to be lacking in performance. It was developed directly from the track-only 599XX and was the most powerful Ferrari road car ever at the time of its introduction, as it produced 670bhp – more even than the fabled Enzo. Changes over the standard 599 were numerous, and the GTO benefitted greatly from lessons learned in the 599XX programme.
In addition to its increase in horsepower, the suspension was more responsive, the shift-speed of the F1-style gearbox was increased, additional down force was gained through revised aerodynamics, and new, state-of-the-art carbon-fibre brakes were fitted. Ferrari also reduced the weight of the 599 GTO to 1,495 kilograms by utilising thinner aluminium for the bodywork and thinner glass and lighter components on the brakes, transmission, and exhaust.
This particular car left the factory in 2011, wearing a one off and striking colour of Giallo Triplo Strato paintwork with a Nero Opaco roof. The interior beautifully complements the car’s exterior, as this GTO was optioned with carbon fibre racing seats with some stunning special order colour ‘Giallo’ features. The dashboard features further Giallo stitching as Ferrari’s now signature carbon-fibre trim with LED shift lights.
A one owner car, supplied with Ferrari Classiche certification and service books, this unique 599 GTO was covered a mere 2,600 kilometres from new. Presented in as-new condition, this incredibly versatile 599 GTO is an absolute track-day monster that shows its 599XX roots, but on the road can easily cruise along at highway speeds, shuttling two people and their luggage over great distances with ease. With prices of the 288 GTO following suit of the original 250, surely this is a car to invest in for the future.
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