Ferrari 575M Maranello alternatives
Latest model: Ferrari 575M Maranello 2002
The key components of the Ferrari 575M Maranello can be neatly summed up in the model name. In fact, the motor is described by the new numerical code, 575, as this is an abbreviated indication of its capacity, increased from 5500 to 5750 cc, resulting in an increase in both performance and torque. The letter M, an abbreviation of modified, underlines the fact that changes have been wrought to all areas of the model's performance. Key amongst these, apart from the motor is the introduction of an F1 type gearbox, first time on a 12 cylinder Ferrari road vehicle.
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When it came to looking at the style of the car, the thinking behind it is to retain the balance and sober looks, which invested it with the status of an instant classic, fitting in perfectly with Ferrari's return to a front motor high performance vehicle. Modifications were limited to those required to deal with the technical changes: various shape and size for the air intakes in the new front end of the vehicle, with refinement of the aerodynamic and fluid-dynamic efficiency and a new treatment for the front spoiler. Finally, the light clusters have been refactored to produce a new aesthetic, with colour-coded headlamp bodies and grey surround, combined with xenon technology for the dipped beam, with headlamp washers. The wheels are also a new layout. On the aerodynamic front, the final iteration brings enhanced airflow around the wheels and there are small components which reduce drag, while each detail of the floor has been developed to generate downforce while reducing drag.
The 12 cylinder motor in the Ferrari 575M Maranello, maintains the 65 degree V angle, four overhead camshafts, four valves per cylinder, the light alloy block, heads and oil tank and the dry sump lubrication system, with two scavenge pumps and one sender pump, separate reservoir and individual radiators. The goals fixed for the new V12 motor in the Ferrari 575M Maranello were to increase both the performance curve as well as the torque. It now has a maximum performance output of 515 CV (379 Kw) at 7250 rpm and maximum torque of 60 Kgm (588. 6 Nm) at 5250 rpm (588. 6 Nm) with an increase in mid-range torque of 1. 5 Kgm between 1000 and 4000 rpm, when compared to the previous motor fitted to the Ferrari 550 Maranello. These increases in performance across the board have been achieved via a variety of modifications applied to the 12 cylinder. In particular these are an increase in capacity, a higher compression ratio, new fluid dynamics for the intakes and more basic changes aimed at improving the efficiency and the management system of the performance unit.
The optimum weight distribution, with a 50-50 split between the axles, with the driver on-board, has been achieved due to a transaxle layout which features a combined back mounted gearbox and differential unit with conical torque and autolocking differential in the same unit. The transmission on the Ferrari 575M Maranello is also fitted with the electro-hydraulic F1 control unit mounted at the back of the vehicle, in order to minimise response time and to ensure a favourable operating temperature. The F1 gearchange on the Ferrari 575M Maranello has been refined in order to produce maximum efficiency from the use of the manual levers mounted on the rear of the helm, as this gives the best response for sports driving. The driver has two main ways of changing gear manually via the console-mounted controls: a more sporty change (sport) or one aimed at a more relaxed driving style. Both are linked to an analogue control of the suspension damping. The principal benefits of the F1 change on the Ferrari 575M Maranello are a quicker gear change coupled with the control of the damping when gears are selected. Along with the manual F1 change, which Ferrari has manufactured as the primary use of the electro-actuated transmission, there are two further features which can be selected: automatic and low grip.