- The Washington Times - Thursday, November 9, 2006

Two Ferrari 599 GTB Fiorano supercars arrived in the D.C. area, stopping at the 15,000 mile mark of their 20,000-mile, 84-day PanAmerican Tour.

The cars rolled into the Ferrari of Washington headquarters in Sterling, looking in fine condition in spite of the pounding they’ve taken along the way (the long way) from Brazil to New York City.

The 12-cylinder, 611-horsepower Ferrari cars are the latest in the stable of offerings by the legendary company and the Tour was created to showcase the reliability and comfort of the cars as well as their astounding performance.

The new, all-aluminum, 599 GTB Fiorano can accelerate from 0 to 60 mph in 3.7 seconds and has a top speed of nearly 205 miles per hour.

Its magnetorheological suspension control system, developed jointly with Delphi, reacts every 10 milliseconds to change shock settings, thus perfectly maintaining tire-to-road adhesion and optimum ride characteristics.

The cars needed such sophisticated ride control because more than 1,200 miles of the route consisted of gravel, rut-filled roads in South America.

Drivers mentioned that they have found the cars quite comfortable, thanks to ergonomically designed seats and Bose sound systems. Although Ferrari’s 70-year relationship with Shell included support vehicles and logistics, the cars were refueled at everyday gas pumps wherever Shell stations were available. From the Washington area the two 599 GTB cars will travel around the U.S. and end their journey in New York City on Nov. 17.

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