Carbonfibre-clad track-day special is for Ferrari's favourite customers only
Allan Muir
3 March 2009

This is the Ferrari 599X, a hardcore track-focused version of Ferrari's 599 Fiorano.

The Ferrari 599XX gets a retuned version of the 599's V12 engine, with its rev limit boosted to 9000rpm and its weight reduced by the adoption of a new crankshaft and more extensive use of carbonfibre in ancillary parts. Ferrari says it "achieved its goal" of just under 700bhp at 9000rpm.

The power is transmitted through a new version of Ferrari's robotised manual gearbox that features shift times of just 60ms. Ferrari claims that the 599XX can lap its Fiorano test track in 1m 17sec, less than a second off the time of the Enzo-based FXX that it will replace.

 

The most obvious external alterations to the regular 599 are a variety of carbonfibre additions, including a small roof spoiler, carbonfibre brake disc covers and a enormous carbonfibre undertray and rear diffuser. Inside, the cabin has been stripped out to race specification, with a bare dashboard and carbonfibre cladding. It does feature a display screen, however; it's used by Ferrari's 'virtual car engineer', which provides instantaneous data on the vehicle's efficiency.

 

The 599XX replaces the FXX as the customer-owned testbed for Ferrari's engineers. Buyers (drawn from Ferrari's most valued customer base) will only be able to drive the car at Ferrari-nominated track days in 2010 and 2011, and they will even be able to pay for the car to be stored at a Ferrari facility. In return, Ferrari's engineers will download gigabytes of data to use in future production projects.

Find an Autocar car review

Driven this week

Ferrari has also used Geneva to unveil a handling package for the regular roadgoing 599.

Add your comment

Log in or register to post comments

Find an Autocar car review

Driven this week