Vandenbrink 599 GTO

May 24th, 2007-Over the past few years, Michiel van den Brink has been building his reputation around impressive Ferrari designs and a mastery of Photoshop. The most recent of these depict a pair of highly modified images that are the upcoming 599 GTO. They were so well received on that the project has now become reality and three cars are being made.

Almost any devote Ferrari fan would recognize that Vandenbrink’s design lends heavily from the original 1962 250 GTO. Michiel’s initial sketches take the 599’s overall shape and then adds the GTO’s fastback profile. Some of the original GTO details are present including the three intake vents above the grill and the swept up Kamm tail at the rear. Probably the most daring and forward thinking aspect of the design is its huge front, double vaned grill. Other details such as the integrated door handle blend well, but might be hard to produce.

Getting the motivation and inspiration to bring the 599 GTO to fruition is the first major step, but now prototyping, extensive testing, manufacturing and optimization will take hold. Hietbrink Coachbuilding in the Netherlands will do most of the grunt work. Like the vintage Ferraris Alwin Hietbrink repairs, the new GTO will be covered in a new aluminum body over the extruded 599 frame. It will also mean replacing the rear underbelly of the car, which gives Michiel some new freedoms, including working with the aerodynamics and rear diffuser. Michiel is also willing to consider a carbon fibre body if desired.

Whether or not these companies can come up with a better 599 is up for debate. Some people have criticized the design for its similarity to TVR, but we can’t really be sure of its influences until the aluminum is hand rolled into its final shape.

Another point of contention is the usage of the hallmark GTO moniker to grace a Ferrari that is decidedly unofficial. And if they do get the green light from Ferrari, they still have to produce a superior 599 that lives up to the GTO. Like the 250 SWB Competitzione to the 250 GTO, this would mean less weight, better aerodynamics and a successful racing career.

If Michiel’s incredible design sketches are any indication, then his new GTO is a very exciting project and one to look out for in the following months. He plans to sell just five copies, but if we see just one, the world will be a better place.

In Detail

engineAluminum Alloy V12
position65 Degree V12
valvetrainDOHC, 4 Valves per Cyl
fuel feedMulti-Point Fuel Injection
displacement5999 cc / 366.1 in³
bore91.95 mm / 3.62 in
stroke75.18 mm / 2.96 in
power455.6 kw / 611 bhp @ 7600 rpm
specific outputNot Available litre bhp per litre
bhp/weight361.97 bhp per tonne
torque607.41 nm / 448 ft lbs @ 5600 rpm
driven wheelsRWD w/F1-Trac Stability Control
front tires245/40 19 Pirellli PZero
rear tires305/35 20 Pirellli PZero
front brakesOpt Carbon Ceramic Discs
f brake sizex 353 mm / x 13.9 in
rear brakesOpt Carbon Ceramic Discs
r brake sizex 328 mm / x 12.9 in
f suspensionDouble Wishbones w/Delphi Magnetorheological Dampers, Coil Springs, Anti-Roll Bar
r suspensionDouble Wishbones w/Delphi Magnetorheological Dampers, Coil Springs, Anti-Roll Bar
curb weight1690 kg / 3726 lbs
wheelbase2750 mm / 108.3 in
front track1690 mm / 66.5 in
rear track1618 mm / 63.7 in
transmission6-Speed Manual or F1 Superfast
gear ratios:1
top speed~330 kph / 205.1 mph
designersMichiel Mobiel

Above Images ©IMAGE CREDITS – Vandenbrink Design