Ferrari’s incredible 599XX track car has set tongues wagging in the supercar world after recording a remarkable sub-seven minute laptime around Germany’s 13-mile Nurburgring Nordschleife circuit.
The £1.2million, 722bhp Ferrari clocked a 6min 58sec lap of the track, in the hands of one of Ferrari’s factory test drivers Raffaele de Simone.
Although the 599XX is not road-legal, Ferrari is hailing the performance as the fastest recorded lap of any production-derived sports car in the world.
Only the Radical SR8 has gone faster, recording a 6min 48sec in 2009 – and that, Ferrari claims, is a car based on a spaceframe racing car.
Active aerodynamics and the very latest electronic traction control systems are the 599XX’s secret weapons. Travelling at 186mph it can produce up to 630kg of downforce.