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General data  
Year/s of production 1998
VIN span 113518 ? –
Number produced 33
Design Pininfarina
Manufactured by Ferrari S.p.A.
   
Technical specifications  
Chassis F 133
Length 4550 mm
Width 1935 mm
Height 1277 mm
Wheelbase 2500 mm
Front suspension Independent wheel suspension, with transverse parallelogram structure and triangular arms, electronically controlled aluminium gas dampers with stiffer setting, helicoidal springs and anti-roll bar, antidive effect when braking
Rear suspension Independent wheel suspension, with transverse parallelogram structure and triangular arms, electronically controlled aluminium gas dampers with stiffer setting, helicoidal springs and anti-roll bar
Front track 1632 mm
Rear track 1586 mm
Front tyres 8,5 x 18 in., Speedline light alloy wheels – 5 spokes design Tyres: Michelin MXX 3 255/40 ZR 18 Infra-red tyre temperature control system
Rear tyres 10,5 x 18 in., Speedline light alloy wheels – 5 spokes design Tyres: Michelin MXX 3 295/35 ZR 18 Infra-red tyre temperature control system
Front brakes Brembo ventilated and drilled disc brakes, fixed calliper in aluminium alloy, with differentiated diameters 38 and 46 mm, brake pads with ITT Galfer 3321 GF friction materials, 330 x 32 mm, four-channel ABS incorporating electronic brake effort proportioning
Rear brakes Brembo ventilated and drilled disc brakes, fixed calliper in aluminium alloy, with differentiated diameters 30 and 34 mm, brake pads with ITT Galfer 3321 GF friction materials, 310 x 28 mm
Weight Approx. 1690 kg
Body material Aluminium
Body type Berlinetta – two seats
Steering ZF rack and pinion steering system with Servotronic speed-sensitive power steering device Direct steering ratio: 13,8:1 Turning circle: 11,6 m
   
Engine  
Type F133 – front engine
Number of cylinders V12 – 65°
Displacement 5474 ccm
Bore and stroke 88 x 75 mm
Camshaft 2 overhead per cylinder bank
Valves 4 per cylinder Variable geometry intake: The system, patented by Ferrari, comprises a thrid capacity added to the intake manifold, which alters its fluodynamic characteristics. The third capacity is linked to the manifold by 12 throttle valves with electropneumatic servo control, driven by the engine management control units.
Compression ratio 10,8:1
Ignition Bosch Motronic M 5.2
Lubrication Dry sump lubrication with two recovery pumps and one input pump, double filter, seperate tank and special radiator, approx. 10 litres oil – Shell
Maximum power 485 hp – 7.000 rpm 387 kW
Maximum torque 568,5 Nm – 5.000 rpm
Fuel management Bosch Motronic M 5.2 with combined injection and static ignition
Engine weight 235 kg
Gearbox 6 gears + rev. 40% limited slip differential, in transaxle construction, ASR
   
Performance  
Top speed 344 km/h
   
VINs  
S/N Known S/Ns: 113518, 117145 (RHD), 117415, 117419, 117431, 117670
Ferrari Smashes Three World Speed Records
Source: Ferrari

Colombus, Ohio-12th October. The 550 Maranello has today established a new speed record over a distance over 100 kilometres, 100 miles and in the hour. The records are: 100 km: 304.1 km/h (188.98 mph) 100 miles: 306.037 km/h (190.168 mph) 1 hour: 296.168 km/h (184.1 mph) The records were set using a standard road car, improving those previously set in the prototype category (5000 to 8000 cc,) held by a Chevrolet Corvette, with records of 278.164 km/h (100 km), 282.601 km/h (100 miles) and 280.843 km/h (1 hour.) Two journalists took turns at the wheel: the American Csaba Csere (director of Car and Driver) and the Italian Duilio Truffo (director of Scuola Guida Sicura di Quattroruote.) Csere, who set the quickest lap time (2.20.19) with an average speed of 320 km/h said after the record run: “This was a fantastic day. It is always special to drive a Ferrari, but setting three records in an afternoon is incredibly exciting. The 550 Maranello behaved impeccably and to drive so consistently at these speeds for such a long time was an unforgettable experience.” During the attempt, only one pit stop was made, at which point the drivers changed over, the car was refuelled and the Michelin tyres were changed. The 550 Maranello which ran on a 12 kilometre oval at the Transportation Research Center, was as sold to the public except for the following modifications: Carozzeria Scaglietti sports kit (stiffer shock absorbers, helicoidal springs, modified steering, infra-red tyre temperature control system, special OMP roll over bar, sports seats with four point harness, automatic fire extinguisher, rapid refuelling system and additional electronic pump in the event of failure of the power steering or brake servo.

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