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  1. Ferrari 599XX

    599XX is a second off FXX pace, has 700bhp and weighs 1,330kg. There’s just one downside - you can only drive it
    when Ferrari says so. Click through the gallery for the full story…  

  2. Ferrari 599XX

    Money, they say, won’t make you happy.
    But it will get you much better toys, which make you happier. And Top Gear can’t think of much better toy than this 599XX. A
    properly cranked-up gentleman-racer variant of the most complete supercar in
    the world.

    The only slight dirty little fly in the Rosso Corsa
    ointment is that the 599XX will only ever be a toy, because this headbanger is
    not a road car, and never will be. Nor is it a full-on raceable competition
    car. It’s being sold with the same caveats as the Ferrari FXX: track-use only
    as part of a development programme run by Ferrari itself. Basically, you
    pony-up 1.1million euro and become a Ferrari test driver, with one of only 15
    599XXs thrown in as the world’s most impressive track-day car-cum-garage

  3. Ferrari 599XX

    For that
    shall we say, fairly unsubtle sum, you get to become part of the Ferrari
    ‘family’ and have Ferrari technicians forensically dissect your lap times to
    discover just how rubbish your driving really is, while they gather myriad data
    about how to improve their future high performance cars. A new system called
    ‘Virtual Car Engineer’ provides a screen in the car that provides a real-time
    indication of the car’s efficiency, and therefore where you’re going wrong.
    There will be no place to hide. As with the FXX, you’ll get to play at 15 of the
    world’s most famous circuits over a period of two years (with the car run by
    the Ferrari mechanics) and possibly contribute to the scientific development of
    future technology.

  4. Ferrari 599XX

    But that
    all seems a bit by-the-by when you take a look at the spec of the 599XX - this
    is not a brief tweak and some fancy spoilers. Although the 599XX is based on
    the 599 Fiorano, the engineers have been playing silly buggers with virtually
    every aspect of the car. The headlines are impressive enough, with the
    re-engineer of the Fiorano’s V12 now producing 700bhp at an eye-popping

  5. Ferrari 599XX

    managed the power and fizz increase by reducing internal friction and shaving
    weight from internal components so the car revs more freely, and then adopting
    a flurry of exotic bits’n’bobs for the rest - the intake plenums, for example,
    are now made of pure carbon fibre. And what hasn’t been wrought from
    unobtainium has been deleted or made lighter: there are Lexan windows, no power
    motors for any of the interior accoutrements, a significant lack of the comfy

  6. Ferrari 599XX

    gearbox has also been re-engineered, and free from the comfort and useability
    constraints of a road-biased car has now dropped shift times to just 60
    milliseconds - much less than the proverbial blink of an eye.  This
    thing will be brutal. But Ferrari still reckons that it will be quite a
    different experience to the FXX - more a GT racer than the F1-commitment of the
    Enzo-based car.  

  7. Ferrari 599XX

    will, Ferrari hopes, spend more time in the car when it doesn’t try and bite
    your head off quite so hard. Then again, even though no performance times have
    been published, the 599XX weighs just 1,330kg (some 330kg less than the stock
    car) and laps Ferrari’s Fiorano test track within one second of the FXX and 10
    seconds faster than the road version. This should not be considered a ‘soft’

  8. Ferrari 599XX

    of more interest to Ferrari is the aerodynamic package that includes some
    real-deal features that might have more direct technological trickle-down than
    the lonely drip from the rarefied heights of F1. A new system called ‘Actiflow’
    can increase downforce or decrease drag depending on conditions thanks to a new
    porous material in the diffuser (it looks like pumice stone) and two fans in
    the boot that channel airflow from under the car out through two vents
    replacing the rear lights. You may think this stuff is unlikely to make it to a
    road car, but the grilles in the rear of the 430 Scud that vent the high
    pressure from inside the wheel arch (reducing rear-end lift) come directly from
    a system used on the FXX project. It’s nearer than you think.  

  9. Ferrari 599XX

    The rest
    of the aerodynamics are more traditional, but no less effective: the
    combination of big spoiler, winglets, a flat underbody and other tweaks mean
    that the 599XX produces 280kg of real downforce at 120mph and a
    not-inconsiderable 630kg at 185mph. There are even F1-derived ‘doughnuts’ which
    partly cover the carbon brake discs and wheel rim, smoothing the airflow around
    the wheels and helping regulate the brake temperature. Slap on the standard
    slicks and you’ll be good to go.  

  10. Ferrari 599XX

    is being canny here. The FXX project demonstrated that they could get a partial
    bankroll for R&D by the very people that are likely to buy their future
    cars. The people that get involved in the 599XX programme (as with the FXX) are
    likely to be very passionate about their driving and therefore better than
    average, but they also provide invaluable information about how a high-end
    Ferrari customer wants their car to feel. Japanese mega-rich people, for
    example, prefer totally different things than customers in North America or

  11. Ferrari 599XX

    The only other thing to remember is
    that if you buy into the 599XX programme you can’t just sell the car. Ferrari
    has first refusal on the sale, simply because you’re not just buying a vehicle,
    you’re buying into a development package. Ferrari wants to make sure it knows
    exactly who gets to influence future product. Nice work if you can afford it. 

    Words: Tom Ford
    Photography: Joe Windsor-Williams

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