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2000 Ferrari 550 Sperimentale

2000 Ferrari 550 Sperimentale

2000 Ferrari 550 Sperimentale

Back in 2000, the 550 Maranello was a good test bed for new engineering ideas. The example presented here was an experimental model called Sperimentale that had a number of unique features that were possible improvements for its successor, the 575M.

The most dramatic of all these changes was a side mounted exhaust that not only provided a much more distinct exhaust note, but payed homage to past race cars which donned the similar setups. To provide the necessary room for the exhaust system, the whole car needed to be lengthened which increased weight. However, the resulting 2700mm wheelbase allowed for more cross members and a 10% increase in rigidity.

The Sperimentale’s body was extended at the cowl, leaving a gap between the engine compartment and front firewall. This meant the front end was much longer, with modified hood and front fenders.

Extra air intakes were included on the new sills that helped drop fuel temperatures and send air to the transaxle cooler.

Inside, a new pedal arrangement and telescopic steering wheel were tested to try and remove the need for a heavy adjustable seat. Each pedal included individual adjustment, the same setup you might find on a racing car.

The one and only 550 Sperimentale, chassis 117904, was sold at Ferrari’s Leggenda e Passione auction, and sold for 165,000 EUR plus commissions.

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In Detail

submitted by Richard Owen
engine V12
position Front
aspiration Longitudinal
valvetrain DOHC 4 Valves / Cyl
displacement 5474 cc / 334.0 in³
bore 88.0 mm / 3.46 in
stroke 75.0 mm / 2.95 in
compression 10.8:1
power 357.9 kw / 479.9 bhp @ 7000 rpm
specific output 87.67 bhp per litre
bhp/weight 283.96 bhp per tonne
torque 568.1 nm / 419.0 ft lbs @ 5000 rpm
redline 7700 rpm
body / frame Aluminum Alloy on Skeletal Steel
driven wheels Front Engine / RWD
front tires 255/40ZR-18
rear tires 295/35ZR-18
front brakes Vented Discs w/Vacuum Assist & ABS
f brake size x 330 mm / x 13.0 in
rear brakes Vented Discs w/Vacuum Assist & ABS
r brake size x 310 mm / x 12.2 in
front wheels F 45.7 x 21.6 cm / 18.0 x 8.5 in
rear wheels R 45.7 x 26.7 cm / 18.0 x 10.5 in
steering Rack & Pinion w/Variable Power Assist
wheelbase 2700 mm / 98.4 in
front track 1633 mm / 64.3 in
rear track 1585 mm / 62.4 in
transmission 6-Speed Manual
gear ratios 3.15:1, 2.18:1, 1.57:1, 1.19:1, 0.94:1, 0.76:1, :1
final drive 3.91:1