lb-ft @ 5600 rpm
hp @ 7600 rpm
lbs per hp
103.3 hp per liter
(from Ferrari Press
Release) Huaraz, 16th September 2006 - The crews left Lima
at 8.30 under the customary low skies and humidity. As the
expedition neared the desert the road climbed and the cars entered
the clouds that cloak the city. The mountains change in character
towards the interior as vegetation appeared that accompanied the
cars almost to the Conococha pass at 4100 metres. From there it was
a descent to the Huarez valley.
The Huaraz valley is similar to many found in the Italian Alps. Here
the valley lies between the Cordigliera Nigra and the Cordigliera
Blanca. The plains that come after the Conococha pass recall the 'Piana
delle cinque miglia' in the Abruzzo Appennines. However, the cloudy
skies prevented the two ranges from coming into view and Huarez was
reached in showery conditions. Having refuelled for the morning
departure, the expedition turned in for the night.
September 2006 - The 599 GTB Fioranos left at 8.30 under cloud
The Swiss owner of the hotel where the Panamerican 20,000 team
stayed had moved to the area from his home country. The 599 GTBs
began the descent to take them back onto the Panamericana.
The Alpine features of the valley continued for a while before it
narrowed in a canyon called 'Canyon del Prato'. It is an arid,
enclosed place with steep sides boxing in the most uneven roads.
Holes and landslides fully tested the Ferrari journalist drivers.
They often came across abandoned mine shafts and villages.
Evidently, the economic downturn forced the workers to move away
from the area. The rough surface went on for more that a hundred
Finally, after a long and dusty day, the expedition drove onto an
asphalted road as evening fell. The Panamerica then led the crews
Piura, 18th September 2006 - In the morning the journalists,
the operators and the photographer visited the archeological ruins
around the pre-Colombian city of Trujillo. Among the most famous of
these are the pyramids of the sun and the moon. In the meantime, the
drivers removed the dust that had settled on the cars on the route
between Huaraz and Trujillo. There was time for a quick lunch and a
tour around Piazza Mayor, situated around a monument to celebrate
the declaration of independence in the city. Then, at around 13.00,
it was off towards Piura.
A desert of sand and black rock alternated in this area with fertile
ground and farmland. The most commonly spotted crops were sugar cane
and rice. Having passed Chiclayo, the field disappeared and flat
desert zones with the odd bush took over. This terrain extended as
far as the horizon. This was the Sechura desert.
The road was more or less straight and ferried the crews across the
desert to Piura.
Cuenca, 19th September 2006 - The Maranello berlinetta left
Piura at 8.30 on the desert road. The highway climbed gradually and
the greenery thickened until it dominated over the desert. The
border between Peru and Ecuador was set over a river on the scenic
Thanks to the enthusiasm that Ferrari always generates, the customs
procedures were quick. The countryside became ever more rocky and
uneven. The road rose and fell continually and the curves came one
after another. This meant that the average speed was kept rather
low. There were not many people spotted in this area and the
villages were situated many kilometres apart. Once over the border,
however, the 599 GTB Fioranos and support vehicles needed to refuel.
For over one hundred kilometres, the Iveco vehicles had driven with
the risk of running out of fuel.
The crews were travelling at an altitude of between two and three
thousands metres. The road descended to Loja and then the road
continued winding through the mountains until Cuenca.
Medellin, 24th September 2006 - The Panamerican 20,000
expedition left Cali at around 6.30. The destination was Medellin
for a date with the Italian Consul in Colombia.
A large group of cyclists on its customary Sunday ride accompanied
us out of the city as the road snaked its way to Tulua. This type of
road differed to that which climbed the slopes of the Cordillera,
with its curves and dips.
Many varieties of flower appeared along the roadside as the crews
enjoyed their weekly rest day. The 599 GTB Fioranos were then caught
out by a tropical storm while they crossed a coffee growing area.
The last stage of the day was windy and uneven for the last 60 km
into Medellin. The city was reached in the afternoon and the team
members settled into their hotel, one that enjoyed a privileged
position over the city.
Cartagena, 27th September 2006 - The Ferrari Panamerican
20,000 expedition today enjoyed the final day of its stopover in
Cartagena. Tomorrow the crews will board a ferry for Panama,
crossing the famous canal that divides the American continent in
two. The two days spent in this city have given the crews a chance
to rest after the heat of the Brazilian coast, the winds of the
Argentinean pampas and the swings in temperature experienced in the
peaks and valleys of the Andes.
Now came 48 hours of doing next to nothing and even the 599 GTB
Fioranos took a break. The Prancing Horse cars have performed
admirably and proved to be more durable than the crew on the tour.