Ferrari has unveiled the latest vehicle from its XX program. The car is the track-only version of the flagship LaFerrari and shares its name with the Ferrari FXX. Called the FXX K, the K signifies the presence of KERS (Kinetic Energy Recovery System), a term most of you might have heard in F1.
The FXX K is a hybrid, sporting gorgeous looks and some pretty awesome aerodynamic design. Amorous feelings started building in me as soon as I laid eyes on this car. Pay close attention however, and you will see that form follows function; all those curves and creases have one sole purpose – provide maximum downforce and minimize drag. The front end boasts of a twin-profile spoiler and a large splitter. The bonnet design drives the wind away from the wheel wells and on to the aerodynamic flanks. The rear is defined by the giant diffuser and wings on either side of the car which aid the efficiency of the retractable spoiler. Ferrari says that the FXX K delivers 540 kg of downforce at 200 km/h.
The FXX K is all about performance and most of that comes from the engine. Speaking of which, this car has two of them. The first power plant is the 6.3 litre, naturally-aspirated V12 producing 860 bhp at a screaming 9200rpm. The engine has received several modifications to boost performance which includes the use of, mechanical tappets in the valve train (rather than hydraulic ones), redesigned intake manifolds treated with special polish and – wait for it – an exhaust system sans silencers, letting you enjoy the total aural bliss that the V12 pumps out. Next up, is the electric motor which adds an extra 190 bhp taking the total power figure to an astronomical 1050 bhp and torque output in excess of 900 Nm. A 7-speed dual clutch transmission does the job of putting all this power to the road. These numbers are much more than the McLaren P1 GTR – which is the track-only version of the P1 hypercar, an arch rival to the LaFerrari – producing 986 bhp. Stopping power comes from massive carbon-ceramic brakes measuring 398 mm at the front and 380 mm at the rear.
Handling is augmented by making use of electronic aids such as ESC, high- performance ABS and EBD, magnetorheological damping with twin solenoids (Al-Ni tube), EF1 traction control system, Electronic differential and Racing SSC (Side Slip Angle Control) calibrated with the sensors in the Pirelli P-Zero slicks to offer extreme grip levels, whether going laterally or in a straight line.
Performance figures have not been revealed yet, but what we do know is that only 32 will ever be made, costing 2.7 million dollars (more than Rs 20 crores) each and all of them have been sold out. The FXX K will not be with the owner, instead, it will be with Ferrari and the company will ship the car to any track in the world at the customer’s request for a private track session along with a team of mechanics. The FXX K was unveiled on December 5 at Yas Marina circuit in Abu Dhabi and is likely to hit tracks by next year.