As any genuine octane breathing petrolhead will no doubt know, Italian exotic auto manufacturer Ferrari are known worldwide for designing, developing and producing some of the worlds very best road going supercars and hypercars. Founded in 1947 by Enzo Ferrari, the legendary Italian automaker has since become the first choice for many of the worlds supercar and hypercar buyers/collectors, and it is said that if you own a Ferrari, you have reached the pinnacle of exotic automobile ownership. However, Ferrari are not just good at designing, developing and producing high performance road cars, they are also the very best when it comes to designing, developing and building extremely successful racecars. In fact, this year (2019) marks 90 incredible years since Scuderia Ferrari, Ferrari’s racing division and Formula 1 team were officially founded by Enzo Ferrari.
Known as the “most successful Formula 1 team ever” Scuderia Ferrari is the oldest surviving Formula 1 team, having competed in every Formula 1 Championship since 1950. As a result of Ferrari’s passion for motorsport, the Italian automaker together with their partners and suppliers are also responsible for designing and developing the latest cutting edge motorsport technology and every so often, this technology filters down to Ferrari’s road cars. However, bits of motorsport technology featuring on a road car is not always as exciting as it may sound, as a result, a few years ago the legendary Italian automaker decided to create something amazing by combining the world of motorsport with their flagship road going model at the time, and the end result was nothing short of amazing. If you haven’t already guessed, the vehicle I am referring to is the absolutely bonkers Ferrari FXX.
Designed by Frank Stephenson and based on the incredible Enzo Ferrari, the bonkers Ferrari FXX is a track-exclusive, developmental prototype which was produced for two short years (2005 – 2007). As expected, the bonkers Ferrari FXX was produced in extremely limited numbers, in fact just 30 examples of the Ferrari FXX ever saw the light of day, with the 30th and final example being retained by Ferrari S.p.A and later presented to former Ferrari F1 driver Michael Schumacher. As is the norm with most of Ferrari’s limited edition and track exclusive models, those fortunate enough to own a Ferrari FXX were pre-selected by Ferrari S.p.A, however despite paying a whopping £2 million for this incredible machine, FXX owners could only drive their vehicle on Ferrari approved track days and Ferrari technicians had to look over the vehicle “before the car hits the track in any event or private testing session.”
Doesn’t seem like a fair deal does it? Regardless, not many of the worlds Ferrari enthusiasts and collectors can say that they have had the pleasure of owning a Ferrari FXX because as one would expect, these incredible pieces of Ferrari engineering don’t get listed for sale or go up for auction that often. However, there is a first time for everything and while browsing the Internet recently I stumbled upon an immaculate Ferrari FXX which is looking for a new home. This is it, what you are no doubt drooling over ladies and gentlemen is a 2006 Ferrari FXX and it is set to cross the auction block at RM Sotheby’s upcoming Monterey, California sale in August, 2019. To the delight of Ferrari enthusiasts and collectors worldwide this particular Ferrari FXX will be offered to the public, so if you have the money to pay for it, this incredibly rare Ferrari could be yours.
Starting on the outside, this gorgeous 2006 Ferrari FXX features a carbon fiber body with an eye catching red exterior paint finish which is contrasted by a single white racing stripe which runs down the center of the vehicle. Also present are “FXX” decals, traditional yellow “Scuderia Ferrari” side shields and a set of lightweight center locking, five-dual spoke alloy wheels finished in black with red ring surrounds. Inside, this spectacular 2006 Ferrari FXX features an interior which is heavily inspired by motorsport. As a result, if you look inside you will find a stripped out interior which consists of carbon fiber door cards, a carbon fiber dashboard with race-spec switchgear and controls, an Alcantara and carbon fiber racing steering wheel, a digital instrument cluster, an FIA approved internal roll bar, Alcantara trimmed Sparco racing seats with red embroidered “Prancing Horse” logo’s and red Racing harnesses.
Powering this beast is a howling 6.3 liter, naturally aspirated V12 engine which delivers a back breaking 789 hp (588 kW) of power and 686 Nm (506 lb-ft) of torque. Mated to the 6.3 liter, naturally aspirated V12 engine is a six-speed ‘F1’ electrohydraulic manual transmission which sends all available power directly to the rear wheels. As the Ferrari FXX weighs in at 1,155 kg (2,546 lbs), this incredible machine can sprint from 0-100 km/h (0-62 mph) in just 2.77 seconds and it is capable of achieving an incredible top speed of 345 km/h (214 mph). The Ferrari FXX is a perfect mixture of power and handling, therefore it was able to lap the famous Top Gear test track in 1:10.7 with former Ferrari F1 driver Michael Schumacher behind the wheel. At the time, the Ferrari FXX was roughly seven seconds faster around the famous Dunsfold Aerodrome than any vehicle which had lapped the circuit previously.
Although RM Sotheby’s hasn’t released too much information regarding this 2006 Ferrari FXX, we can tell you that it is part of a collection of Ferrari’s which will be auctioned together at RM Sotheby’s Monterey, California sale. Known as the “Ming Collection”, this incredible Ferrari collection includes a 1984 Ferrari 512 BBi, a 1985 Ferrari 308 GTSi, a 1991 Ferrari F40, a 1997 Ferrari F355 Spider, a 2007 Ferrari F430 Spider, a 2013 Ferrari 458 Spider and of course, the 2006 Ferrari FXX featured. According to RM Sotheby’s, the entire “Ming Collection” is estimated to be worth around $6.3 million with the featured 2006 Ferrari FXX being the most valuable vehicle of the “Ming Collection”. In a statement Gord Duff, RM Sotheby’s global head of auctions said,“Every single car in the group is nearly better than new and the meticulous level of care that has gone into maintaining these cars is outstanding. You’d be hard-pressed to find any of these models in better condition,”
According to RM Sotheby’s, this 2006 Ferrari FXX has been used on the track just once in its thirteen lifetime, as a result it is expected to fetch around $3.25 million when it crosses the auction block in August. By looking at the images featured in this article, it seems that this 2006 Ferrari FXX will be sold with a set of spare wheels, a Ferrari racing suit, a Ferrari branded Schuberth racing helmet, Ferrari branded racing gloves, Puma Ferrari racing shoes, a Puma “FXX” branded bag and various tools and racing equipment which was provided by Ferrari S.p.A. Although we can’t confirm, we presume that whoever purchases this stunning Ferrari FXX will also be allowed to join Ferrari’s prestigious XX programme and therefore be able to drive this amazing piece of Ferrari engineering at private events around the world. If money wasn’t an issue, would you bid on this 2006 Ferrari FXX?
Steve & Chris Parry are contributors from stevespeedza.blogspot.com