lb-ft @ 5600 rpm
hp @ 7600 rpm
lbs per hp
103.3 hp per liter
(from Ferrari Press
Release) Los Angeles, 23rd October 2006 - A sprint along
the motorway from Ensenada to Tijuana saw the Ferrari berlinettas
draw up to the United States border.
The highway runs along the coast, parallel to an uninterrupted
series of beach front houses. The customs clearance for the 599 GTB
Fioranos and Alfa Romeo 159s took some time but eventually were
waved through. However, the Daily Iveco trucks were denied entry for
reasons of bureaucracy and were left in Tijuana. It was late evening
before the expedition could cover the 130 miles that lay between the
border and Los Angeles.
The sense of being in the United States was obvious once past the
customs point. The houses were typically owned by single families,
some fairly simple, and extended as far as the eye could see. San
Diego did not present much of a distinction with nearby Los Angeles.
The Panamerican 20,000 began exactly two months ago today and the
599 GTB Fioranos have covered a total of 18,662 kilometres.
Las Vegas, 25th October 2006 - The journey of the two
V12-Berlinettes stops for half a day so the team can visit the city
of Los Angeles - city of cars, of hundreds of highways, and of
thousands of parking spaces. Life in Los Angeles happens in cars.
But once the two 599 GTB Fiorano leave this city, they immediately
enter another desert.
The desert begins right behind the last houses of the periphery of
Los Angeles; a highway leads the cars in the direction of Las Vegas.
Along the road the railway can be spotted with long trains cutting
the horizon. The road leads through the Mojave desert, to the left
the team can see the famous Death Valley and to the right the Mojave
At that point the two 599 GTB Fiorano are leaving California and
enter the state of Nevada. From time to time an oasis is spotted in
the distance, where next to springs diners have been built for
hungry travellers: truck stops of an incredible modernity,
considering that they were built in the desert, in the middle of
nowhere. In Las Vegas the cars and the team are welcomed with a
Cocktail Party at the local Ferrari dealer. Later the team members
take the cars and explore the city by night: an incredible place
smack in the desert of Nevada.
New Orleans, 1st November 2006 - After the walk of fame in
Houston the Ferrari Berlinettes are leaving for New Orleans. The
team takes the highway eastwards heading through the flat terrain,
passing various rivers flowing towards the sea. The team stops
infrequently on their way, only when neccessary to arrive at their
destination as soon as possible: in the city of jazz with its
characteristic spots, with what remains from the era of land owners,
the wide water expanses between the Mississippi and the
The two chinese journalists, Baoqing Dong and Qun Xu, behind the
wheel of the Berlinettes during this section have shown incredible
enthusiasm, were impressed by the performance of the two 599 GTB
Fiorano and by the warm welcome they received in the state of
Louisiana passing with the two Ferrari cars. To arrive in the city
wide lagoons have to be passed via aqueducts. Trees which were
destroyed by the hurricane Catrina can be seen along the road. Signs
of this devastating storm cover the city and it will take years to
rebuild New Orleans to its former splendor. As the cars arrive in
the city the usual crowd gather around the two cars from Maranello.
In the evening the team visits the French Quarter to listen to music
in the various hot spots on Royal Street.
Miami, 3rd November 2006 - After leaving the university town
of Gainesville, the two Ferrari Berlinettes drive southbound in the
direction of Miami. The highway runs through woods, passes lakes,
and the cars cross bridges where they can see numerous ships and
yachts in this tropical climate of Florida , America's pensioners'
paradise. Driving along the coast the team can sport various tourist
harbours packed with yachts and small fish trawlers. This is an area
famous for deep sea fishing. In Miami the team rendezvous with the
local Ferrari dealer for the presentation of the new Ferrari 599 GTB
Fiorano. Naturally the two Panamerican Berlinettes are the evening's
toast of the town and welcomed, with a roaring applause together
with the team.
The evening proceeds with interviews for the press and the local TV
stations, while a wonderful cocktail party rounds off the day.
Tomorrow the tour will stop in Miami for maintenance and a deserved
break for the team of the Panamerican 20,000.