All Ferraris are special in their own way - yes, all of them now, because you can't make California jokes anymore - but there remains a hierarchy, and some are still more, um, Speciale than others.
There's the limited-run cars, the Apertas and the TdFs, then the Tailor Made ones, and then, when you're really playing with the big boys, the XX models. Think 599XX and FXX, track only hypercars which few of us will ever even see in the metal. The XX Evo cars, though, are Ferraris for a truly elite few, representing the very peak of what Maranello can accomplish at the time. This, the FXX-K Evo, is just the third such car ever produced, and is as predictably outrageous as you might expect; it is the evolution of
the track version
of Ferrari's 1,000hp hybrid hypercar, after all.
Interestingly power is unaltered from FXX-K to Evo, this car surviving with 1,150hp. The main changes are aerodynamic, announced in a very prosaic manner by Ferrari as "an innovative new package for the laboratory car."
Developed over the past year with the Ferrari style centre and Maranello's engineers, it's claimed the Evo delivers aero figures comparable with GT3 cars (with at least 500hp more, don't forget) and also "exhilarating driving pleasure." Which is encouraging. Numbers-wise, because Ferrari loves its numbers, it's incredible: the downforce co-efficient is improved by 23 per cent over an FXX-K, and overall downforce "exceeds 830kg at the car's red-line speed."
It's achieved by a fixed rear wing with a central fin (that complements the reprogrammed active spoiler), modified bumpers, "hollowing out the surfaces beneath the headlights", more aero flics (this is a track car, after all) and another front intake. There are vortex generators on the undertray too, contributing 30 per cent of the extra downforce, and the suspension has been recalibrated to take advantage of the new aero prowess as well.
The FXX-K Evo has made its debut at the Ferrari World Finals at Mugello, presumably making a great deal of noise and leaving paupers in their Superfasts feeling inferior. The car is being made available both to those customers already with an FXX-K and as an "extremely limited-run model", and will be involved in next year's XX programme from March-October. Should you want one, Ferrari has probably already been in touch. Not one of those people? Let's hope there's one on YouTube soon!