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Watch the new Ferrari 599XX Evo
Money, love and happiness cannot make your life serene and complete. Only DRS can. DRS can make you a god. And thus, you need the new 599XX Evo in your life.
Revealed last December at the Bologna motor show, the 599XX Evo is, naturally, the hardest 599 ever built, and we’ve just got our hands on this video footage of the bewinged monster doing some rather brave laps at the Suzuka circuit. It was there as part of a track session for Ferrari customers - the ‘Ferrari Racing Days’ programme - which saw over 300 owners run their cars, followed by a hot lap demonstration from Mika Salo in the F2008 F1 car. Why brave? Because it’s quite wet.
That active rear wing apparently adds 330kg of downforce at 124mph when the flap is open, rising to 440kg with the flap closed. Using qualified Top Gear Maths, that’s roughly the equivalent of having a large, fully-grown Bengal TIGER sitting on the rear.
Also, that glorious 6.0-litre V12 has been pumped up to 740bhp and torque swells to 516lb ft, meaning that on a dry Fiorano test track at least, it’ll lap in 1m 15s. Adenoids twitching? Yup, that’s two seconds off the original 599XX’s lap time, and is a whopping nine seconds faster than the 599 GTO.
Of course, the XX Evo is only available to drive on track as an R&D tool, but what a tool.