The Ferrari 575M Maranello | Part Five

The Ferrari 575M Maranello

Ferrari 575

Active & Passive Safety

Apart from the inherent active safety of a car which goes, stops and turns with the great agility of a Ferrari, owners of the 575M benefit from the very latest electronic driving aids.

To ensure maximum driving safety and the least interferrance with driver enjoyment, the 575M is equipped with the latest Bosch Motronic 5.3 ABS/ASR anti-lock and traction control system. Revised to cope with this model’s greater power and pace, the system offers drivers a choice of two modes – Normal and Sport. The Normal setting is designed to deliver safety and stability even at high speeds. The Sport setting is designed to maximise traction, while guaranteeing stability and comfort.

The 575M Maranello also boasts an electronic sensor system that monitors tyre pressures and temperatures via a sensor on the valve of each wheel. At regular intervals it checks tyre condition and, if necessary, can alert the driver by flashing a colour-coded ‘too soft’ message (as well as the actual Bar reading) on the central instrument panel. As well as operating during normal day-to-day driving, the system monitors the tyres while the car is parked and can thus alert the driver to any problem as soon as the ignition is activated.

The 575M meets all passive safety requirements envisaged by world legislation for occupant safety in a crash situation. Particular attention was paid to protecting passengers from side impacts, the chassis and body structure using high-resistance materials, thicker section chassis sills and a door structure optimised to absorb side impacts. In addition, the door hinges and locks have been re-enforced and the door panel construction ensures that stresses are spread in impact situations. These measures performed so well in tests that the fitting of side-airbags was deemed unnecessary.

Standard safety equipment includes a fullsize airbag for driver and passenger, and seat belt pre-tensioners. A safety inertia switch is fitted to cut off the fuel supply in the event of a collision. These features, linked with the car’s robust basic structure and specific construction choices, mean that occupant protection levels are extremely high.

Tailor-made Interior

While still remaining faithful to the original 550 Maranello concept of in-car comfort and quality of life on board, the interior of the 575M Maranello has been completely redesigned to give it a more sporting, functional ambience.

All instrumentation is now contained in one single group directly in front of the driver. The display is dominated by a large alloy-ringed rev counter, red-lined from 7,700 to 10,000 rpm. The console directly in front of the driver hosts the ancillary indicators, including the clock and tyre pressure gauge.

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Published 22 May 2004 Melanie Carter

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