• Ferrari 599 HGTE laps the Fiorano test track in 1:26, 1.5 seconds behind the F-430 Scuderia

Revealed back in March at Geneva, the Ferrari 599 HGTE appeared to be much more than just a Fiorano with a set of new 5 spoke rims. Well after some recent testing, the HGTE equipped Ferrari was able to lap the Italian automaker’s Fiorano test track in just 1 minute and 26.5 seconds, only 1.5 seconds slower than the factory tuned F-430 Scuderia. Not bad considering the laws of physics govern the lightweight, mid engine V8 much differently compared to a front engine V12 powered GT car.

The Ferrari 599 HGTE features a modified suspension setup with stiffer springs and a larger rear anti-roll bar as well as new calibration settings to the magnetically controlled dampeners. The ride height has come down, lowering the car’s center of gravity; combined with the revised stiff stuff drastically improves body control. Like any athlete needs good rubber under their feet, so does the HGTE, offering specifically optimized tires made from a much softer compound that offers even better grip.

Are you ready to go Lamborghini hunting in your next 599 GTB Fiorano from Ferrari, well at least with the HGTE you’ll be able to embarrass them when the road turns twisty.


Source: 4wheelsnews

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  (421) posted on 06.2.2009

Something about this new Handling Gran Turismo Evoluzione (GHTE) still hits me as disconcerting. I still think the design is a little too busy, with so many scoops and vents, and the three-point front-end. It also seems to have a very thin, very forward-shifted waist with a large backside

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