Ferrari is saying goodbye to one of their amazing vehicles with one last special edition, and no, we’re not talking about the 2012 Ferrari 599XX Evolution . Fresh off of the announcement of the Evolution is another special edition, this time specifically for the 599 GTB . The new Ferrari 599 GTB HGTE 60F1 was built to celebrate the 60 years since Froilan Gonzalez and the 375 F1 gave the Scuderia its very first victory ever in the Formula World Championship in the British Grand Prix at Silverstone. It is based on the powerful HGTE version and was created as part of the exclusive Tailor Made Programme.
The 599 GTB HGTE 60F1 will combine colors and materials inspired by the vehicles driven by Froilan Gonzalez on July 14, 1951 and Fernando Alonso on July 10, 2011. Customers will get to choose between three different liveries, but they will also be able to opt for a reduced body roll for a stiffer ride, sharper cornering, improved road-holding combined with superbly easy control, and an interior inspired by the two legendary vehicles.
UPDATE 04/12/12: YouTube user Brian Zuk managed to spot a Ferrari 599 GTB HGTE 60F1 up close and personal at a Ferrari dealership in San Francisco, California. It certainly goes without saying that this particular 599 GTB special edition model is one of the most desirable limited run Ferrari models in recent history. Check out the video after the jump!
Hit the jump to read more about the Ferrari 599 GTB HGTE 60F1.
The new Ferrari 599 GTB HGTE 60F1 will be produced in three different liveries for customers to choose from. The first is the 375 F1 Livery that uses the same red finish as Froilan Gonzalez’s 375 F1, combined with darker pastel tones. There is also a Ferrari 150° Italia Livery that combines the red livery used for Fernando Alonso’s Ferrari 150° Italia, with white on the lower part of the front bumpers, mudguards, bonnet, A-posts, and buttresses. There is also a tricolor on the spoiler. The last option is a Ferrari 150° Italia 2 Livery that brings back the red finish from Fernando Alonso’s ride, but only flashes white on the lower part of the bumpers. This livery also deletes the tricolor at the rear.
Regardless of the livery, the Ferrari 599 GTB HGTE 60F1 can be had with 20" diamond-finish forged wheel rims.
The interior for the new 599 GTB HGTE 60F1 was also inspired by the two legendary race cars. Europe models will get Sabelt seats, while the US will rock Recaro seating. Both versions will use an innovative technical material known as Superfabric that is usually used on Formula 1 cars. The seats are upholstered in black Alcantara and are combined with four-point safety harnesses offered in a combination of Red and Blue specified by FIA for the 2010-2011 Formula 1 Championship.
The rest of the interior will be highlighted by aluminum elements and Alutex trim on the dashboard. Both the Europe and US models will also feature the signatures of the two drivers, Froilan Gonzalez and Fernando Alonso, on the dashboard.
The only changes made for the special 599 GTB HGTE 60F1 were strictly exterior and interior, so engine specifications will still be standard. That means the special edition Ferrari will be powered by a 6.0 liter V12 engine producing 612 HP at 8500 rpm that sprints the car from 0 to 60 mph in just 3.7 seconds.
The prices for the special edition Ferrari 599 GTB HGTE 60F1 haven’t been announced just yet, but we can only imagine that it will be way out of our budget.
Since the only modifications done on the 599 GTB were aesthetic, the list of competitors for the standard model will hold true for this model as well. This list includes the Aston Martin V12 Vantage and the Audi R8 V10 GT , both of which are still less powerful than the 599. The Aston Martin model is powered by a 6.0-liter V12 producing 510 HP and the R8 is powered by a 5.2 FSI V10 that delivers 560 HP. The only thing these models have on the special edition is that both will probably be cheaper.
Ferrari 599 GTB HGTE 60F1 Alonso Edition spotted in San Francisco
- Three livery options
- Powerful engine
- Has a history
- Engines modifications would have been welcome
- It’s a limited edition
- Price will probably be sky high