Design & Style
The Pininfarina designers had one clear but ambitious goal in designing the Ferrari 599 GTB Fiorano. They wanted to clothe it in innovative lines that would still have all of the trademarks of Ferrari's sportiest and most high performance models.
As ever, this process was not a standalone one but took place hand in hand with the optimisation of the car's exterior aerodynamics which were designed to deliver cutting-edge downforce figures. The car's design was developed around front-sloping lines which give it a thoroughly dynamic stance from the side.
Its front is dominated by the volumes of the mud guards which extend as far as the bumpers so that it seems that the central section, bonnet and air intakes are set into them.
The surfaces are wonderfully sculptural and muscular too. The striking front air intake is flanked by two purposeful air outlets. The bonnet is characterised by a bulge that provides a styling cue T as to the potent V12 housed below, beside it two diffusers for warm air lighten the lines too. The air vent on the front wheelarch continues through to the door panel, delineating the rising swage line and the muscular surface treatment. The rear wheelarch volumes protrude slightly from the sides like muscles rippling under an athlete's skin. The air intakes for the fuel tank and gearbox cooling systems create a certain symmetry with the front air diffuser.
The design of the wheel rims, with weight-saving double spokes, are a nod to the famous Ferrari berlinettas of the past too. The cabin too was given an innovative aerodynamic design. The wraparound rear window is hugged by two flying buttresses which channel the air towards the nolder, adding a highly original yet functional twist.
When it came to the rear of the car,it seemed time to depart from the now signature circular quad rear lights and low-down licence plate. The Ferrari 599 GTB Fiorano has large singular LED rear lights set into the tail and although the licence plate is still on the bumper, it has been shifted to the upper part of it. The diffuser on the rear bumper was subject to lengthy aerodynamic development, and integrates with the fairing around the exhaust tailpipes. However, the Ferrari 599 GTB Fiorano is a strikingly sculptural car, its surfaces beautifully honed and modelled by Ferrari's designers and engineers. The design is so supple, in fact, that every angle brings something new to light.
All of the freedom allowed in designing an extreme sports car was used here and the result is endlessly surprising.