Ferrari 599XX Laps the Nurburgring In Under 7 Minutes
Ferrari announced it would be running the car on the classic circuit since March last year, and there have been many images of the car taking on the track during the last few weeks. The time is undeniably impressive, but the term “production derived” will definitely raise a few eyebrows. The 599XX is an extreme coupe designed only for the track (but not official competition use) and not road-legal. It is a veritable technological laboratory incorporating a number of innovative solutions.
Some of these will remain the exclusive preserve of the 599XX, while others have already been transferred to the 599 GTO, introduced at this month’s Beijing Motor Show. These include the wheel doughnuts of F1 derivation, which serve two purposes: reduce turbulence and drag and improve brake cooling. The 599XX is powered by the same V12 engine used by the 599 GTB Fiorano but in a higher state of tune: it develops 700 horsepower and is lighter thanks to the use of carbon-fiber components.
The 599XX features Ferrari's High-Performance Dynamic Concept, an integrated design and chassis set-up that uses sophisticated electronics to govern the mechanical limits of the handling for maximum performance.
The aerodynamics are also re-tuned in order to offer more downforce. The car sees the introduction (for the first time) of the Actiflow System that increases downforce and/or cuts drag depending on the car’s trim during cornering. This ensures that the 599XX boasts extraordinary levels of downforce - up to 630 kg at 300 km/h.
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