Ferrari 599XX evolves



Ferrari has today revealed an evolution version of its fantastically hardcore 599XX.

Introduced at the Bologna motor show today, the tweaks for the 'extreme, non-homologated sports berlinetta' (that's Ferrari-speak for 'racing car that isn't a racing car but that you also can't use on the road') will be available to 'owners' of the car (which is essentially a research and development programme) for the 2012-2013 season.

Original car was hardly subtle...
Original car was hardly subtle...
For its package of revisions, the 599XX gets an active aerodynamic package integrated with the vehicle's electronic control systems, new Pirelli tyres, an extra 20hp (bringing the total to 750hp), and a 35kg weight-loss programme.

The key to the new aero trickery is something called 'opening gap' technology. This uses two flaps, which rotate electronically to adjust the downforce between the front and rear axles in relation to vehicle speed and the manoeuvre being effected. This active rear wing is governed by various physical parameters, measured by the car's various electronic control functions (ESP, ABS, SCM and F1-Trac).

Clever. Other less exciting changes include a new front splitter and a new rear diffuser. Total downforce at 125mph is boosted to 330kg when the flaps are open and 440kg in the closed configuration.

And that extra engine power? It comes courtesy of new side-exit exhausts.

Combined with a final gear ratio that's slightly shorter, all this amounts to a Fiorano lap time of 1min 15secs - a second faster than an FXX.

 

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  • lgomgf 01 Dec 2011

    I don't know if I should be excited or bored by this news...

    It is a car that I and about 99% of the readers here cannot afford. It is a car I wouldn't be able to take home and drive on the Sundays track days here close to home... for that matter is a car that most of the track days I know would not accept due to noise restriction.

  • Dagnut 01 Dec 2011

    lgomgf said:
    I don't know if I should be excited or bored by this news...

    It is a car that I and about 99% of the readers here cannot afford. It is a car I wouldn't be able to take home and drive on the Sundays track days here close to home... for that matter is a car that most of the track days I know would not accept due to noise restriction.
    Your really just buying a Ferrari test mule...but nowadays they can get people to buy them and offset some of the costs

  • missing the VR6 01 Dec 2011

    Do existing customers get the upgrade FOC?

  • DodoRacing 01 Dec 2011

    Is 599XX is a new name for the FXX?

  • rhinochopig 01 Dec 2011

    I don't get this car - or the Enzo FXX - at all. Start from a very very poor starting point for a track only car and then spend millions on making it go fast on the track. I suppose some of the tech will trickle down, but there has to come a point where the specificity required for a track car becomes irrelevant to a road car.

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