@ 7250 rpm
hp per liter
“To mark 50 years of
activity in the world of car design, I decided to sculpture a
Ferrari to the memory of that great adventure and enjoy it with my
family”. Giorgetto Giugiaro fashioned and commissioned a project
that spilled into stretching horizons, in that he became
concurrently – for the first time ever
–supplier and customer of the new car.
Rather than being a
spellbound step into tomorrow, the ultimate outcome of all this is
an expression of today – a Ferrari graced by his initials, GG,
followed by the digit 50 by way of epitomizing his debut into the
world of car design in September 1955 –imbued by an imposing,
unmistakable artistry capturing sky-high ergonomics and outstanding
space on board.
Created along the lines
of the Ferrari 612 Scaglietti, and retaining the same basic
mechanics, the Ferrari GG50 is a little shorter in length than the
original model, with a fastback tail conspired to conceal the
underlying hatchback lid. The rear seatbacks can be folded down to
create, thanks to the new fuel tank, a flat trunk platform one meter
and 40 centimeters deep. All that was checked and verified with the
Ferrari Technical Direction support.
GG 50 Philosophy
The idea of creating a
Ferrari to mark 50 years of activity in the world of car design took
shape in September 2004 at the Paris Motorshow, where Giorgetto
Giugiaro talked about this flight of fantasy directly with the
President and CEO of Ferrari Luca di Montezemolo who cued the model
around which the vehicle concept should be developed: the 612
Scaglietti 12 cylinders four-seater coupé.
Montezemolo also gave
Giugiaro two inputs: although no restrictions would be posed on
creative-thinking, the vehicle must be perfectly in keeping with the
Ferrari tradition and transmit a sensation of compactness, even
being highly enjoyable.
Giugiaro started to work
on the project in February 2005, sketching entirely by hand – a
practice followed over the last 50 years – the physical design of
the vehicle in 1:10 scale from four orthogonal views, marking out
the side, nose, tail and bird’s view: all sketched in 2H lead pencil
on tracing paper using a universal chalkboard.
rendering is typical of Giugiaro’s method and is today pursued by
Fabrizio Giugiaro, Italdesign Giugiaro Styling Area Director.
According to this procedure, the rendering is translated into math
surfaces in order to proceed to a 3D validation of the project by
means of 1:1 scale dynamic visualization in the Italdesign-Giugiaro
Virtual Reality Design Center.
Once the VR green light was given, seeing onset was full-scale
plaster model milling, as duly completed in April. Along with the
1.1 scale mock-up put in place to test out the ergonomics and
ease-of-access interior concepts, starting to see construction at
the beginning of June was the running prototype.
Redesigning the Layout
Retaining the wheelbase
at 2.95 meters, the Ferrari GG50 spans 4 meters and 81 centimeters
in length vs.4.90 for the Scaglietti.
reinterpreted the front just a little, pruning the front overhang by
2 centimeters. On the other hand, he revolutionized the rear
section, nipping the overall length of the car by 9 centimeters.
In the Scaglietti, the
fuel tank is positioned vertically, behind the rear seating. For the
Ferrari GG50, Italdesign engineers were asked by Giugiaro to
concentrate on positioning the new 95-liter fuel tank entirely below
the trunk platform line.
With the rear seatbacks
folded down, the redesigned fuel tank layout translates into a flat
trunk platform one meter and 40 centimeters deep. Compared to the
240-liter loading capacity of the Scaglietti, the loading capacity
offered by the GG50 stretches to 270 liters, which, with the rear
seatbacks folded down, increases to 500 liters.
In a strategic intent to
take full advantage of the bolt-on loading space driven through by
the new fuel tank layout, Giugiaro decided to use a proper hatchback
lid, hinged to the roof’s edge. From a structural standpoint,
Italdesign engineers had to redesign the rear cross-member which, in
the Scaglietti, joins the suspension domes atop the fuel tank.
Likewise, also added to the roof’s edge was a cross-member, joined
to two reinforced risers, to stand the hatchback trunklid’s weight.
The more instantly recognizable makeover is the tail’s sleeker
the rear profile has been nipped 7 centimeters.
GG 50 Exterior Design
Although being 9
centimeters shorter than the Scaglietti, the Ferrari GG50 appears
instantly to be even more compact than the series-production car as
a result of the subtly rounded nose and tail angles.
“In bird’s view, all
cars look like a rectangle”, explains Giugiaro. “As a consequence,
the dimensions are perceived optically as being the same as the
In the GG50, however,
Giugiaro rounded to an extreme the loop between the cowl and the
front wheelhouse, applying the same treatment to the rear.
“When viewed three-quarterwise,
this also enhances the look of the car optically, making the car
appear leaner and bolder. In a nutshell, rather than having a fender
lip that clearly defines the bodyside edge, a seamless line flows
toward the centerpoint where the two extremities meet”.
From a structural
architecture standpoint, the GG50 relinquishes the Scaglietti’s
third compartment for a nimbler tail, an instantly recognizable
A very bold statement of
performance and design is the general impression perceived. A
compact coupé, ready to bite the grit, with the rear seats so well
concealed as to be perceived as a classic two-seater.
The bodyside is
immaculate. The air intake – providing cool air for front brake
system cooling – meanders along almost in parallel with the ground
line and creates a bas-relief that fades into the rear.
As with the more stunning Ferrari cars, the belt line arches in
correspondence to the rear wheel highlighting the generous
wheelhouse’s taut muscle.
The boldly tapered rear
profile gains form and shape from the side view, in that emerging
from the tail-end mirror are the dual tail lamps, which, of course,
Absolute simplicity in
the front as well. With the low-slung Ferrari grille looking just as
fresh and fun loving as ever, the nose flares forward in the center
with two generous and vertical air intakes unfolding to the side,
where the fog lights are housed.
The headlamps are
vertical, a stroke of pen that translates into a black crescent moon
housing XENON headlight beams and dimmers, and the turn signal
The long bonnet is
creased almost imperceptibly by a V, which makes the volume more
plastic without, however, disrupting the natural flow of the lines.
Likewise simple is the tail, with the lower section, housing the
chrome dual exhausts, black-painted to reduce the overall sensation
Incorporating LED technology, the round dual lamps are asymmetric,
with those to the side playing a master role. Set at the forefront,
the chrome Prancing Horse.
The crest of the trunk
rises towards the center contouring a small spoiler to provide extra
downforce at the rear and insure the car is stable at high speeds.
Practically imperceptible is the hatchback door. The GG50 seems to
have a classic trunklid hinged under the rear window. However, the
rear window as a whole lifts up along with the trunklid and, as
such, is a proper hatchback door.
In bird’s view, the
elements that dominate are two: the boldly tapered four extremities
and the photochromic roof, which, with the fender, creates a
seamless transparent surface.
GG 50 Interior Design
Whilst the GG50’s
exterior drew breath from a universal chalkboard, its interior was
fashioned as the mock-up progressed.
In addition to retaining
as mentioned earlier the wheelbase, also retained was the interior
appearance of the Scaglietti. However, when working on the fullsize
mock-up, Giugiaro and his son Fabrizio, decided to eliminate the
closed-in feeling back in there by sloping the rear window at the
“Getting in and out of a
2+2 coupé is never an easy feat, because access is directly
proportional to the door’s length, which cannot be stretched to the
infinite. Indeed, the GG50 door’s structural frame mesmerizes the
Scaglietti’s door framework. However, enhanced headroom has been
gained by sloping the rear window, thereby making it much easier to
get in and out of the car than
expected. Just try getting in and out of the car and you’ll see how
easy all this can be”, explains Giugiaro.
One other thought of
mind went to the driver’s right hand. Used by tradition to change
gear, drivers do not use their right hand as much as before due to
the F1 gear change fitted on the steering wheel.
As such, repositioned to the right-hand side of the dashboard are
certain commands and controls once found by tradition on the
left-hand side, such as the lights and, not least, the handbrake, in
this exercise, electric.
Taken as a whole, the
instrumentation is the same as the one to be found in the
series-production car. Brand new is the dashboard, fitted in the
center of which is the AVIC – X1R satellite navigator by Pioneer.
Fitted inside the central console, whether between the front or rear
seats, are two generous storage pockets, duly protected by a flap.
Decidedly unusual for a Ferrari in these times, the door panels,
featuring a large glovebox, have a horizontal natural beech insert.
Covered in beige leather, the seats use the structural frames found
in the production car. The upper section of the rear seatbacks can
be folded down, thereby creating a flat loading platform at the same
height as the new fuel tank.
Ferrari GG 50 Technical Bulletin
Length 4,810 mm
Width 1,950 mm
Height 1,347 mm
Wheelbase 2,950 mm
Front track 1,677 mm
Rear track 1,643 mm
Front overhang 838 mm
Rear overhang 1,022 mm
Trunk Size 270 liters
Trunk Size with rear seats folded down 500 liters
Engine V12 – 5,748 cc
HP (hp/rpm) 540 HP at 7250
Drivetrain Rear-wheel drive
Transmission 6-speed automatic with sequential mode
Front Tires Bridgestone 245 35 ZR20
Rear Tires Bridgestone 305 35 ZR20
Rims ATP Tecnoforming 20”