As Ferrari find their feet again in Formula 1, finishing 2nd and 3rd in yesterday’s Russian Grand Prix it’s good to see the prancing horse back on the podium more regularly. Over the last couple of years it’s been their road cars that have been getting fans excited as opposed to on track success, not that that’s a bad thing, after all the Marenello stables produce some of the most beautiful, faster cars in the world.
So here at Enzari we thought we’d have a quick look at one of the Italian car makers recent Supercars, the insanely fast FXXK, as an extra treat check out the video below featuring current Scuderia Ferrari and 4 time Formula 1 champion taking the car for a blast.
When Ferrari launched the FXX, an Enzo-based, track-only supercar, the FXXK’s predecessor, it was a track only supercar that you couldn’t bring home, Maranello retained custody of the car, hauling them to events for owners to race against each other. Hailed as a pinnacle of Ferrari tech, of sorts—a crowdfunded R&D program, one might say—the XX program continued with a 599 variant. The LaFerrari-based FXX K cost around £2M and bought you the car and two years of Ferrari’s stewardship.
1) The speed is relentless.
Ferrari claims the FXX K laps its 1.862-mile Fiorano test circuit in 1 minute, 14 seconds. That’s five seconds quicker than a LaFerrari.
2) The power is rather obscene.
The FXX K’s naturally aspirated V-12 makes 848 horsepower, while 187 electric ponies arrive courtesy of Ferrari’s HY-KERS kinetic-energy recovery system. Total system output is 1036 horses. That’s 86 more than the 950-hp LaFerrari, previously the most powerful car Maranello had fobbed off on semi-average Giuseppes. The K in the name, rationally enough, stands for “KERS”.
3) It has two steering-wheel-mounted manettinos.
The now-traditional steering-wheel “manettino” knob controls the chassis and throttle response, while the console-mounted KERS knob controls regeneration and output. The four-position switch’s most aggressive regenerative setting can recharge the system in less than one lap.
4) Ferrari considers the FXX K its own model—not a version of the LaFerrari.
With its unique LED headlamps and more-aggressive front/rear fascias, this XX has a look all its own. For something so festooned with vents, scoops, and winglets, the K actually has a rather clean, cohesive look.
5) It sounds absolutely awesome.
The XX cars, with their uncorked V-12s, makes a truly awesome sound.You want Maximum Ferrari? This thing will give you all the Ferrari you can shake a bundle of gilded sticks at.
6) You can re-up after two years, but Ferrari is mum on the cost.
Once you’re done with your initial two years of racing support, Ferrari will extend the plan for a fee. At the moment, it has yet to decide on the amount of said fee. Product marketing director Boari notes that instead of the two events per season included in the previous program, “We’ve increased the number of events this time. It’s around eight. It’s the first time we’re offering two full seasons in the price.”
7) It has its own race series
As you would expect the FXX K sold out with ease and the cars have featured in their own race series. Around 15-20 Ferrari FXX Ks participate in the event.
8) You can join in.
You can buy a used FXX or 599XX and step into the program that way. Ferrari sees it as a way to dip a toe into the water and see if the XX series is something owners would like to pursue. Maranello will helpfully connect prospective buyers and sellers.
9) It makes more than half a ton of downforce.
Ferrari points out the cars downforce, “This car has an aerodynamic efficiency of 2.84. A Formula 1 car is 3.” It is said to create nearly 1200 pounds of downforce at 124 mph. Active aero means the car applies only as much as is needed to keep the car stuck to the track. A rear spoiler rises to meet the winglets mounted on vertical stabilizers.
10) We may see a ‘go faster’ version of the FXX K.
“History tells that after two years, we are ready to do something else,” explains Ferrari tech Boari . The 599, you might remember, arrived after the Enzo, containing much of the knowledge the company had gleaned during the hypercar’s development—and it carried a variant of the Enzo’s motor between its front fenders. The LaFerrari is so far beyond the F12berlinetta, we can only assume that Maranello is planning an even more extreme version of its flagship supercar, rather than an F12 or 812 Superfast -based XX.