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Ferrari 599XX revealed

Tue, 03 Mar 2009 00:00:00 -0800

We mentioned the other day when we were talking about the handling pack for the Ferrari 599 (the HTGE Pack) that Ferrari was also bringing a new car to Geneva – the Ferrari 599XX.

We speculated that the 599XX would be in the mould of the FXX series – a track-only development car for uber-rich enthusiasts to drive on track and generate feedback for Ferrari. And that’s what it is!

Ferrari 599XX - Ferrari track car for the super-wealthy enthusiast

Ferrari are going to select customers to take part in the project in May at Fiorano, and the lucky (and wealthy) customers will initially get to drive the 599XX at a series of seven events over the coming year. But none of them will be professional drivers. Just like the Enzo-based FXX series, the point is to get real drivers driving under extreme conditions to monitor the car and the driver. All the better for getting accurate data for development at Ferrari.

The 599XX boasts a lot of F1 technology, and bits and pieces that will probably make their way in to production cars in nthe future, such as carbon fibre brake pads.

The 599XX boasts 700bhp from the tweaked, stock 599 V12, and revs to 9000rpm. It gets a completely bespoke carbon fibre body kit, and also features a pair of active downforce fans under the back to suck the 599XX on to the track (McLaren deployed something similar on their F1 road car more than 10 years ago).

And as a bit of icing on the cake, Ferrari are promising the lucky participants a crack at the Nurburgring lap record once they’ve got the hang of the car. Anyone got a spare €2.0M?!


By Cars UK