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25.11.2012, 13:45:04 cet

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Emanuele Naspetti in 550 GT at Fiorano s/n 115811
Luca Badoer in 550 GT at Fiorano s/n 107617
Luca Badoer in 550 GT at Fiorano s/n 107617

Maranello, 14th November

At the invitation of Ferrari, the privateer Prodrive and Rafanelli/Italtecnica teams ran two 550 Maranello GT cars at the Fiorano circuit, yesterday and today. Both cars took part in this year's FIA GT Championship, taking two wins and three pole positions. The teams' official drivers took turns on the track; Peter Cox for Prodrive and Emanuele Naspetti for the Rafanelli/Italtecnica squad, along with the Maranello company's official test drivers, Luca Badoer and Dario Benuzzi. A total of 140 laps was completed, around forty of them on a wet track yesterday. Luca Badoer was quickest, going round in 1'14"812.

The racing car is based on the original 550 Maranello road car's monocoque chassis, but with almost every component modified.  Despite this, Prodrive designer, Peter Stevens, has kept the styling of the racing car faithful to the original Pininfarina design, while ensuring that it will still perform on the track. The road car's original 1690kg has been trimmed down to 1100kg thanks to extensive use of carbon fibre bodywork and lightweight components, while Prodrive has redesigned the V12 engine to increase power output from 485 bhp to more than 600 bhp.  This gives the racing car double the power to weight ratio of the road car, at around 550bhp/tonne.  With the necessary gearing, the Ferrari 550 GT could easily exceed 200 mph (320kph), instead, this power ensures the car's aerodynamics, including a substantial rear wing, front splitter and rear diffuser, dramatically increase the downforce and improve grip.  The standard six speed H-gate gearbox is replaced by a six-speed sequential box from Xtrac, while extra wide, 18 inch Prodrive P-WRC wheels and AP racing brakes are housed within the increased front and rear track.

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