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Press Release) A spectacular new
challenge to complete the launch of the most powerful Ferrari ever,
the 599 GTB Fiorano.
Maranello, July 20 th, 2006 - After the enormous success of last
year's "Ferrari 15,000 Red Miles" tour of China by two 612
Scagliettis driven by a team of international journalists, Ferrari
is delighted to announce another tough challenge for this year, the
On August 24th, two
gleaming examples of the Prancing Horse's just launched 12-cylinder
model, the Ferrari 599 GTB Fiorano, will begin a long journey from
Brazil that will take them through 16 countries and across 20,000
miles (32,000 km) to New York where they are scheduled to arrive on
November 17th. A total of 50 different international journalists,
each one representing the most important publications from all over
the world, will take turns behind the wheels of the two sports cars,
during the 15-stage, 84-day tour.
Every Ferrari naturally conjures up images of the track and motor
racing at its finest. As the most powerful production model ever to
be built at Maranello, it is easy to imagine the 599 GTB Fiorano
going through its paces on the world's circuits. Uniquely, however,
not one but two of this stunning new model are about to embark on an
adventure that will take them to the precarious mountain roads of
the Andes and the dirt tracks of Central America, along a route so
tough that they really will experience the same conditions as the
very earliest racing cars.
A new challenge that
really will put the cars and their reliability to the test in no
This is far from Ferrari's first foray into this kind of adventure,
however. To celebrate the marque's 50th anniversary in 1997, a F355
embarked on a massive world tour over five continents with 147
journalists taking turns at its wheel as it passed through their
various nations. The "World Tour", as it was known, was designed not
only to communicate how strong the company was but also the
reliability of the F355, a model that would prove of enormous
strategic value in Ferrari's development. The "World Tour" proved an
extraordinary success and the car arrived back at the very spot in
New York from where it had started on March 18th, after a massive 75
days on the road.
The latest and most
spectacular Prancing Horse road trip was, of course, last year's
"Ferrari 15,000 Red Miles" tour. This was a feat never before
achieved by any other car manufacturer: a 24,000-kilometre dash
right across China in two virtually unmodified production 612
Scagliettis. This time 51 Chinese and international journalists
drove the cars from the start line in Beijing all the way to the
finish in Shanghai over 45 days. En route the cars visited 37
different cities and climbed to an altitude 5,231 meters in the
mountain passes of Tibet.
The Panamerican 20,000 will be divided into 15 stages over 84 days
and will take the two Ferrari 599 GTB Fioranos through 16 different
countries. The route will also wind its way through the most famous
areas of Pre-Columbian and Native American historical interest. They
will visit the Foz do Iguazu falls on the Argentinean-Paraguayan
border having first stopped off at the beaches of Rio de Janeiro and
Sa§ Paulo and then crossed the tropical rain forests around Curitiba.
After the Falls, they will drive through the Argentinean pampas
before powering up through salt plains of Chile and Bolivia. From
there they will make their way along dirt roads to La Paz and
through the spectacular countryside around Lake Titicaca, which, at
4,000 meters, is the world's highest lake. The 599 GTB Fiorano's
entry into Peru will be the first contact with the Inca civilisation:
the sacred valley of Cuzco, the peaks that guard Macchu Picchu and
the mysterious lines of Nazca. But then it's on to Lima and back to
sea level again. From there the Tour makes its way past the towering
volcanoes and deserts of Ecuador to get to Colombia. Panama, Costa
Rica, Nicaragua, Honduras, El Salvador and Guatemala will make up
the tropical South American leg of the Tour and will also provide
the first encounters with the vestiges of the Mayan civilisation.
One of the most magical views on the entire American continent, the
ruins of Palenque, will greet the Tour which, after it passes
through Mexico City, will make its way up into the United States via
Baja California. The American leg of the Tour will take the cars all
the way from Los Angeles to Houston taking in Monument Valley en
route, before they drive on to Miami and then Washington.
After that they continue
on to Chicago and Toronto (Canada) before finally making their way
to the finish line in New York.
The Panamerican 20,000 will be receiving invaluable assistance from
the various Italian diplomatic services in the states it passes
through, particularly with regard to security and customs issues.
Its partners on the Tour will be some of the Prancing Horse's most
loyal sponsors: Shell (V Power, Helix and Q, fuel and lubricants),
Alcoa (technical partner and manufacturer of the Ferrari 599 GTB
Fiorano's aluminum chassis), Case IH (a Fiat-owned company worldwide
leader in the production of agricultural machinery) Pirelli
(supplier of specialist tyres for the different terrains being
covered), the Fiat Group (support vehicles), Puma (clothing), Saima
Avandero (transport of cars and spare parts), Buonitalia (a company
working to promote Italian products worldwide).
Assistance and spares
will be provided by six support vehicles: three Fiat cars which will
be replaced by three Alfa Romeos in Mexico, and three specially
equipped Iveco trucks. As the Tour's technical partner, Shell will
be providing a specially equipped vehicle and its own team of
technicians for the entire duration of the Tour.
Around 50 journalists
from across the world will take turns behind the wheels of the two
In addition to the journalists, an official photographer and a video
cameraperson, a technical assistance and logistics team will
accompany the Tour along its entire route.
and www.media.ferrari.com websites will feature regularly updated
news and high definition photographs from the Tour.
The Tour begins from
Fiat's Brazilian headquarters at Belo Horizonte and will visit the
main Case IH plants at Curitiba (BR), Racine and New Holland (USA),
and the Iveco facility at Sete Lagoas (BR) to pay homage to these
important members of the Fiat Group.
The route and main stages
The Panamerican 20,000
route is divided into 15 stages. The stages also correspond to the
changeover points for the various teams of journalists taking part.
The Tour gets underway on August 24th from Belo Horizonte and six
days later the cars will make their way into Foz do Iguazu 2,000 km
From there they head
west to Argentina and onto San Pedro de Atacama in Chile which they
will reach after five days and 1,800 km of driving through pampas
and the first of the salt plains.
This is where the toughest part of the tour begins and will see the
cars climb to altitudes of more than 4,000 metres in the Andes. They
will head north setting a course for La Paz in Bolivia which they
reach on September 7th after four more days on the road and having
added another 1,100 km to their mileage as they zoom down the dirt
roads through the salt plains.
After 1,700 km and 6
more days on the road, the cars will drive into Lima where they will
encounter the vestiges of the ancient Inca civilisation.
The next four stages to
Mexico will take them through spectacular landscapes en route to
Quito, Pasto, Cartagena, Panama, Managua on an 8,000 km, 18-day
The two Mexican stages,
which start from Palenque on October 13th, traverse the lands of the
Aztecs and the Mayans as well as Baja California. It will take 10
days to cover this 4,500 km distance.
From Las Vegas, the Tour
turns east, calling to Houston and also making its way through
Monument Valley and Dallas, before arriving into Miami on November
3rd. This 6,000 km stretch will take 9 days to complete.
At this point, the Tour
will move north to Washington before arriving into New York on
November 17th having first called to Chicago and Toronto. A 5,000 km
dash that will take 11 days in all.
specially-liveried 599 GTB Fioranos (one a Tour de France blue and
the other a Rossa Corsa red) will only be very slightly modified to
help them cope with terrain in the toughest parts of the route.
They will each be fitted with a special underbody protector made
from 4 mm thick duralumin rather than plastic and their suspension
set-up will be slightly higher to cope with the difficult road
conditions. Apart from this, however, they will be regular
production models powered by a 620 hp 65░ V12 engine which delivers
62 kgm of maximum torque at 5,600 rpm. Both cars will be equipped
also with the electro-actuated six-speed F1 gearbox and transaxle
The Ferrari 599 GTB Fiorano
The Ferrari 599 GTB
Fiorano is the most high performance 12-cylinder berlinetta ever
produced at Maranello.
The new model boasts the
most innovative and technologically advanced features ever to be
used by Ferrari in a mid-front engined two-seater, setting a whole
new standard in terms of sportiness, design and exhilarating
driving. The Ferrari 599 GTB Fiorano delivers absolutely stunning
performance, putting it right at the very top of its category. In
fact, its 5,999 cc V12 engine is directly derived from the one that
equipped the "Enzo Ferrari" supercar. It punches out a breathtaking
620 hp at 7,600 rpm, giving the new model a weight-power ratio of
2.6 kg/hp. Both the Ferrari 599 GTB Fiorano's chassis and bodyshell
are all-aluminum and the most accomplished example Ferrari's already
well-honed skills in this area. Thanks to an inimitable Pininfarina
design, the Ferrari 599 GTB Fiorano's aggressive, elegant styling
incorporates cutting-edge aerodynamics to ensure nothing short of
absolute excellence in terms of performance. The new car replaces
the 575M Maranello of which, like the 550 Maranello unveiled in
1996, 5,700 were produced, a record in their segment for the
From the legendary 250
GT to the 275 GTB, the 365 GTB4 and the 575M Maranello, the powerful
12-cylinder two-seater has always been the most symbolic of
Ferrari's stunning sports cars, and the new Ferrari 599 GTB Fiorano
is a powerful addition to that list of illustrious names.
Ferrari on the American continent
With around 1,150 cars
sold there each year, the North American market accounts for 30% of
Ferrari's output and is thus its largest single market worldwide.
Within North America, the largest market is California which
accounts for 27% of sales in the US. This is followed by the North
East (16%), Florida (11%), Texas (7%) and Chicago (6%).
Two new dealerships (one in Silicon Valley, California, and the
other in Las Vegas) were added to the Ferrari dealership network in
North America in 2005, bringing the total up to 36 (32 in the US and
4 in Canada). However, our existing distributors have also made
significant investments in recent years in upgrading their
facilities and processes. In 2004, Ferrari North America opened a
showroom at 410 Park Avenue in New York to showcase its
extraordinary cars at one of America's most prestigious locations.
In January 2006, Ferrari North America also took over responsibility
for Central and South America to enhance and consolidate the
Prancing Horse's presence there. The main markets involved are
Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Mexico and Venezuela which offer a total
of 12 dealerships in all. This consolidation will also boost the
distribution network and increase customer satisfaction.
Ferrari North America Inc., which has its headquarters in Englewood
Cliffs, New Jersey and is headed by CEO and President Maurizio
Parlato, is now in its fourth year at the helm of Ferrari's largest
market worldwide. Ferrari North America is the only authorised
Ferrari importer and distributor in North, Central and South
America. It is responsible for all of the marque's organisational
and operational activities in the United States and Canada,
including technical training and spares assistance. Ferrari North
America also has one dealership on the West Coast, in San Francisco.
Ferrari partner Shell is behind the 599 GTB Fioranos every mile of
the Ferrari Panamerican 20,000 in a very visible demonstration of
the close technical partnership between Shell and Ferrari already
familiar to Formula 1 fans world-wide.
Shell is providing important technical support and a suite of
performance fuel and lubricant products to support the marathon
journey. Shell fuel stations along the route will play a critical
role in keeping the Ferrari 599 GTBs supplied with Shell V-Power
fuel and celebrating the passing of the Ferrari Panamerican with
special events and promotions. A Shell technical support team will
accompany the cars from the start in Brazil to the finish in New
York. Reflecting Ferrari's uncompromising approach to performance,
the Prancing Horse uses Shell V-Power fuel and Shell Helix lubricant
products, including Q (USA), exclusively both in Formula 1 and in
its GT cars, such as the new 599 GTB Fiorano.
Alcoa. Ferrari's strategic partner for the creation of
advanced aluminum spaceframe technology. The companies began working
together in the 1990's and have collaborated on four successful
generations of spaceframes for Ferrari's Gran Turismo vehicles,
beginning with the 360 Modena. Alcoa currently builds aluminum
spaceframes for the Ferrari 612 Scaglietti, F430 and 599 GTB Fiorano
in Modena. Alcoa is the world's leading producer of primary
aluminum, fabricated aluminum and aluminum products. The company
supplies all key sectors of the aluminum industry, including
aerospace, automobile, packaging, building and construction and
commercial transportation. Alcoa is present in 44 countries and
employs a workforce of more than 130,000 people.
Fiat Group. Founded in 1899, Fiat is an industrial enterprise
focused on the automotive sector, serving customers in more than 190
countries around the world with an annual turnover of about 47
billion euro. With some 170 000 employees in 120 R&D centres and 189
plants worldwide, the Fiat Group is a global leader in the
production of passenger cars (Fiat, Lancia and Alfa Romeo),
agricultural and construction equipment (CNH Case New Holland),
industrial vehicles (Iveco), production systems (Comau and Teksid)
and automotive components (Magneti Marelli). Fiat Group is present
in the American continent through 120 companies ( 80 in North
America and 40 in Mercosur) with revenues of over ┐ 10 billion in
2005. It employs 41,700 people in 48 plants and 27 R&D centres. One
of the pioneer companies in the automobile industry, Fiat Auto has
produced more than 87 million passenger cars and light commercial
vehicles, including no less than 400 models. Fiat Auto operates
world-wide with the following brands: Fiat, celebrated for value,
economy, and innovation and whose mass produced cars and light
commercial vehicles are distributed over almost the entire price
class spectrum; Lancia means prestige cars noted for their elegant
styling, and comfort; Alfa Romeo is famous as a maker of sport and
luxury vehicles of style and distinction.
Case IH. A global leader in agricultural equipment. With
headquarters in the United States, Case IH has a network of dealers
and distributors that operates in over 160 countries. Case IH
provides agricultural equipment systems, flexible financial service
offerings and parts and service support for professional farming
operations through a dedicated network of professional dealers and
distributors. Productivity enhancing products include tractors;
combines and harvesters; hay and forage equipment; tillage tools;
planting and seeding systems; sprayers and applicators; and site
specific farming tools.
Iveco. Full-range manufacturer of commercial vehicles for
transport of goods and passengers, that offers operators a thorough
offer of innovative products integrated with financial tools as well
as flexible and customized services. Iveco runs 49 production units
in 19 countries giving priority to exploitation of talents and
resources in emerging areas. More than 4,500 service outlets in over
100 Countries guarantee technical support wherever in the world an
Iveco vehicle is at work.
Pirelli. A group with a long history stretching back over 130
years. The work done by Pirelli Labs in photonics, broadband access
and new materials fields as well as its MIRS (Modular Integrated
Robotized System) for tyre manufacture are just two examples of the
Group's technological excellence in action. Pirelli Tyre has 24 tyre
factories in 12 countries and is one of the world's foremost high
performance tyre companies.
Puma. A global athletic brand that successfully fuses
influences from sport, lifestyle and fashion. Puma's unique industry
perspective delivers the unexpected in sport lifestyle footwear,
apparel and accessories, through technical innovation and
revolutionary design. Established in Herzogenaurach, Germany in
1948, Puma distributes athletic footwear, apparel and accessories in
over 80 countries worldwide. It is also Official Supplier for the
Saima Avandero. A leading Italian group in the international
transportation and courier sector. It has turned logistics,
transportation and assistance network organisation into an art form.
The company manages all aspects of product logistics for its clients
(strategic management of collection, warehousing and distribution)
and also offers the back-up of an avant-garde computerised and
robotic industrial set-up.
Buonitalia S.p.A. An Italian company established by the
Ministry for Agricultural and Forestry Policies in July 2003 to
promote, market and raise the profile of the Italian food industry
worldwide. Buonitalia aims are to promote, enhance and raise the
profile of Italy's agricultural and food heritage throughout the
world by coordinating State promotional policies, provide services
to agricultural and food companies to help them market Italian food
products internationally, protect Italian products by ensuring the
international registration and legal protection of the brands
associated with original Italian products.