Originally Posted by of2worlds
How the 599 GTO came to exist is a curious question.
Back in 2006 Amedeo Felisa was the General Manager of Ferrari. With the success of the Stradale two years earlier Ferrari was going in a different direction with a new V12 - the 599 GTB Fiorano. Did a 'Stradale' version of the the 599 fit into future marketing plans, was a question from journalists. Amedeo Felisa pronounced that Ferrari was happy with the level of performance offered by the new 599 GTB. He stated there were no plans for a performance version. Now this could just be PR
talk but these comments came from the new General Manager whose background was engineering and who years ago had headed up the 550 development program for the top performing front engine V12 model at that time. It would be hard to find a stronger backer of front engine V12 performance models in the company.
What changes pushed Ferrari to build a GTO version of the 599? It should be noted that the 458 which some criticized as being too heavy has actually been engineered from the beginning to accept a horsepower 'upgrade' half way through it's production life. Did the old one year only Stradale continue to exert an influence on future Ferrari model decisions?
The Stradale was actually a "necessary" development (homologation) as it was needed to allow Michelotto to develop the 360 GTC, last development of the World Championship winning 360 NGT
Felisa listened to Daniel Marin, the then importer for Ferrari in France, and added the CCM brakes from the Enzo and specific P Zero Corsa tyres (that were initially a disaster!!)
So the Stradale has its origins in a racing car (many parts, notably suspension, come from the racing car)
The GTO is a road going version of the XX, itself a racing car that is not limited by regulation. Here again the GTO incorporates many elements from the XX directly - notably, in the front end a including tyres, gearbox, exhaust system and certain engine management parts.
An XX Evo remains today quicker than an FXX Evo around Fiorano, so technology does improve the breed!