lb-ft @ 5600 rpm
hp @ 7600 rpm
lbs per hp
103.3 hp per liter
(from Ferrari Press
Release) Savannah, 5th November 2006 - The highway that
leads from Miami northbound runs along the long beaches of Florida,
visible between the houses and apartment blocks built close to the
beach. From time to time the cars cross a bridge where they can spot
numerous yachts on the rivers or channels. When the road leaves the
beach, the two 599 GTB Fiorano drive through woods with pine trees
like in Southern Europe. The first stop is in Cape Canaveral.
Because of the high security around the site the team can see the
base only in the distance. The second stop is at the Daytona race
track, the famous oval of the Indy car series. After Jacksonville
the tour leaves Florida and drives to Georgia.
The landscape is still more or less the same and the tour proceeds
along the coast, while the two Berlinettes from Maranello can show
off their performance. The historical buildings of Savannah, named
after the river running through it, and the harbour, which was of a
strategic importance during the Civil War, are still perfectly
intact. It starts to get cold and the warm days and nights of
California, the desert and Miami are already only a memory for the
team while arriving in Savannah in the evening.
Fayetteville, 6th November 2006 - A sunny yet chilly day bids
farewell to the team of the Panamerican 20.000 as they leave
Savannah. The road leads through the woods and runs alongside wide
meadows and fields. The landscape is still green but some spots of
autumn beckon already. The two Ferrari cars leave Lake Marion behind
and the road leads them away from the beaches. Next stop is
Darlington where the team meets the Case CNH and the local Ferrari
Club on the famous high-speed track. All the local Ferrari owners
are present to greet cars and members of the Panamerican 20,000
This section will also be shown on Chinese television because a
Chinese TV journalist is now part of the team: Zheng Meng Hui
accompanied by his cameraman Gao Jian Hua. The cars let Darlington
behind and the state of South Carolina and drive into North
Carolina. The two 599 GTB Fiorano stop in Fayetteville, close to the
airbase of the USAF in Fort Bragg
Washington, 8th November 2006 - A worldly day for the team of
the Ferrari Panamerican 20,000 in Washington with a morning press
conference at the local Ferrari dealer and the presentation of the
new 599 GTB Fiorano: this model is presented and launched on the
US-American market during the Panamerican 20,000 Tour. Many
journalists from international and local news outlets gather at the
Later, the team goes for a ride around the city and stops the cars
in front of the most important monuments of the US-American capital.
In the evening the team members are welcomed in the new Italian
embassy, designed by the architect Piero Sartogo - a genuine
expression of Italian taste and style.
And as usual the guests admire the two Berlinettes - standing next
to a 212 from 1953 in perfect conditions. Ambassador Giovanni
Castellaneta and the president of Ferrari North America Maurizio
Parlato underlined how the product Ferrari, admired all over the
world, represents the high standard of Italian manufacturing and
Chicago, 10th November 2006 - There's a long road ahead for
the team of the Panamerican 20,000. They must drive many kilometres
to arrive in Chicago; fortunately they can use the highway.
After bidding farewell to the ALCOA employees, the tour sets of for
Detroit. First, the highway runs on twisty roads around the
Pittsburgh hills, the city of steel. Finally, the road becomes flat
and straight again and the roads become like the days before,
characterized by leafless woods, farms, fields, houses, silos and
chimneys. There are lots of prefabricated houses and trailer parks
where many Americans have to live.
On the way out of Pennsylvania the tour reaches Ohio in the
direction of Indiana. Many police patrols ensure the speed
limit is not violated. The team spots Lake Michigan in the
distance long before they arrive in Chicago, Illinois, beset by
Once in Chicago, the two Berlinettes experience the first traffic
jam on the American continent.
Tomorrow they will leave for Detroit. Mo'town gets ready to welcome
the two 599 GTB Fiorano.
Toronto, 14th November 2006 - The two Ferrari Berlinettes
stop for the day in Toronto. In the morning the team assists the
press at the local Ferrari dealer where the Ferrari 599 GTB Fiorano
is launched on the Canadian market. Press and TV-journalists - even
from an Italian network is among the guests who gather around the
The Italian community of
Toronto is around 600.000, consisting of immigrants and their
children. The local Ferrari dealer in Toronto, Remo Ferri, is
Italian, he emigrated to Canada as a young boy. After the press
conference the cars drive through the city while the journalists
shoot their photos and the cameramen film the cars with the most
characteristic backdrops of Toronto. Tomorrow the two Berlinettes
from Maranello will drive through Little Italy to greet the Italian
In the evening the cars and the team members are welcomed for a
cocktail party at the local dealer's biggest garage in the city
where also Ferrari North America president Maurizio Parlato comes to
greet the team.
As usual the cars of the
Panamerican 20,000 are admired by numerous existing and new
customers who also have a look at the other cars exposed: amongst
them also a Formula 1 single-seater from 1999. Ferri and Parato
outline Ferrari's image in the United States, while Davide Kluzer,
from the press office, speaks about the Tour and its importance for
Tomorrow the cars will leave in the direction of Buffalo and the
famous Niagara Falls.
Buffalo, 15th November 2006 - This section for the two
Ferrari Berlinettes is short. From Toronto the Tour drives to one of
America 's tourism hot spots: the Niagara Falls.
Before the team leaves Toronto they ride through Little Italy. This
part is full of billboards in Italian and English and celebrates the
two Berlinettes from Ferrari. Of course, the team members stop at a
bar to have some real Italian Espresso. Then they leave in the
direction of the Niagara Falls. The Niagara river is short and
carries water from Lake Erie to Lake Ontario. The Falls themselves
are spectacular. While one part is on the American side the other
one is on Canadian soil.
The river Niagara also forms the border between the two countries
and the shores belong to the USA and Canada respectively.
Those who wish to enjoy the falls should be prepared to get wet, as
the falling waters create a steady dew - even the two Berlinettes
599 GTB Fiorano and the team members get wet.
Tomorrow the Tour covers another very short section before the
Panamerican 20,000 finally reaches New York, and on Friday a big
welcoming party will await the Tour and its members.
New York, 16th November 2006 - The Ferrari Panamerican 20,000
Tour has reached its final stage. As the cars leave for their last
section it starts to rain and it won't stop until the Berlinettes
arrive in New York. To pass the border from Canada into the US the
team has to wait for four hours but then they can drive on and pass
the huge bridges on both sides of the Niagara River to reach the
highway, which leads them to New York. Fog and rain do not consent
to admire the landscape but from time to time the team members can
spot the hills surrounding the lakes.
Now the Tour arrives in the State of New York, the 23rd the
Panamerican 20,000 is crossing. But the cars immediately re-enter
Pennsylvania - the first State of the US, which declared its
independence. Finally they arrive in New Jersey, the 24th State.
Through Lincoln Tunnel the Tour returns to New York and reaches the
island of Manhattan. It's already evening when the engines are
turned off in front of the hotel next to Central Park and the team
members are slightly sad that this splendid experience, this
unrepeatable adventure is terminated.
All eyes are peeled on the two 599 GTB Fiorano, which drove for
20,000 miles without the slightest problem, arriving in New York in
perfect conditions. Tomorrow a final ceremony will be held, with a
press conference, a cocktail party and a big celebration in honour
of the end of this grand undertaking.
New York, November 17th 2006 - A 20,000 mile race from Brazil
to New York came to a glorious conclusion this morning when two
Ferrari 599's crossed the finish line at the New York Stock
The Panamerican 20,000 was the latest and most persuasive test of
Ferrari's newest model, the 599 GTB Fiorano. On an often grueling
15-leg journey, a team of forty-eight journalists took turns driving
from Belo Horizonte in Brazil to the Argentinian pampa; over Andean
plateaus and through mountain passes some 13,000 feet above sea
level; through the Central American tropics and across Mexico and
the United States, with a final stop in Canada before reaching the
final destination in New York.
This is not the first time Ferrari has embarked on this type of
journey. In 1997 it sent the F355 model on a tour around the world.
Just last year two Scaglietti 612's made a tour of all China, the
first time any automobile maker has accomplished this feat.
Sports fans are used to seeing the Ferrari on Formula 1 tracks, and
of appreciating its special talent for racing. But these long
road-tests are important in two significant ways. First, they show
that today's Ferrari can be driven in every type of road condition.
A case in point: in the past ten years the average mileage
accumulated by Ferrari drivers has doubled. Second, they bring the
Ferrari closer to an adoring public that goes beyond the ranks of
racing fans. The Ferrari is instantly recognizable in the farthest
corners of the earth, from the silk road to the shores of Lake
Titicaca. This discovery confirms the iconic status of the Ferrari
as the embodiment of a dream.
On Wall Street today, the fašade of the Stock Exchange was decorated
with the Ferrari trademark: the prancing horse. A special grandstand
was built for the ceremony, and Maurizio Parlato, President and CEO
of Ferrari North America, was on hand for a celebratory speech. The
finish line was set up in place of great symbolic importance: for
over 50 years, the United States has been Ferrari's number one
market, and many of its customers are members of the American
In his remarks, Mr. Parlato emphasized that the cars had proven
their extraordinary reliability, having made it though the rugged
Andean roads with minimal damage to the tires and rims. The only
thing they needed were regular oil changes provided by Shell, which
provided roadside assistance for the whole tour.
The 599 GTB Fiorano is a two-seater berlinetta with a V-12 engine,
the top performer ever developed at the Ferrari factory in Maranello.
This new model boasts the most cutting-edge features that Ferrari
has ever applied to a two-seater with a front center engine, making
it the new benchmark in sportiness, driving feel, and design.
The two 599 GTB Fioranos reached the end of their journey in New
York with only minor modifications to allow them to travel the
toughest roads: for underbody protection a 4 mm.-thick aluminum
plate was used rather than standard plastic, and the shock absorbers
were slightly raised to handle the roughest roads. In all other
regards, they were identical to the other cars in the series, with a
611 bhp Enzo-derived 5,999cc V12 motor, and maximum torque of 448
lb/ft produced at 5,600 rpm. The 599 GTB Fiorano sprints from 0 to
62 mph in an astonishing 3.7 seconds and boasts a top speed in
excess of 205 mph. Both cars had a six-speed F1 gearbox, and a
On this occasion, Ferrari thanks the sponsors that made this
adventure possible: especially Shell, a long-time partner of Ferrari
also in Formula 1 racing, which provided roadside assistance and a
range of high-performance fuels and lubrication; Alcoa, a strategic
partner for the production of aluminum chassis that is the standard
for the whole Ferrari line today; the FIAT group, which provided
transportation using the Iveco support system and escort vehicles of
FIAT and Alfa Romeo, a brand that has attracted great interest in
the United States; and Case IH - the global agriculture equipment
leader - and finally, Pirelli for the tires, Puma for the
Panamerican team uniforms, Saima Avandero for the logistics, and
Ferrari in North and South America
North America is
Ferrari's biggest market-accounting for a 30% share-with sales of
approximately 1,550 vehicles a year. The top North American market
is California (27% of sales), followed by the North East (16%),
Florida (11%), Texas (7%), and Chicago (6%). In 1995 the number of
North American Ferrari dealers grew to 36 (32 in the United States
and 4 in Canada), when two new locations were opened in Silicon
Valley and Las Vegas. Existing dealers also made significant
investments to expand their facilities and improve operations. In
2004 Ferrari North America inaugurated a showroom at 410 Park Avenue
in New York to exhibit its extraordinary products at one of
America's premium locations.
To build up and consolidate Ferrari's presence in Central and South
America, starting in January 2006 Ferrari North America became the
lead office for the countries of the area. The main markets are
Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Mexico, and Venezuela, for a total of 12
sales points. This consolidation will expand the number of
dealerships, and increase customer satisfaction.