The 1021bhp LaFerrari FXX K has become the third eligible vehicle in one of the most exclusive driver development programmes in the world.
Starting in 2005 with the launch of the original FXX – itself based on the legendary Enzo supercar – Ferrari began offering owners (or client test drivers, as it calls them) the chance to take part in six annual exclusive track days all over the world, including locations such as Spa and the Nürburgring.
As well as all that, owners would actively take part in helping Ferrari to develop the next generation of road car technology.
To buy into the XX programme, each of the 20 specially selected owner-drivers would have to be approached by Ferrari, and ‘invited’ onto the scheme. At each event, drivers would be supported by a full Ferrari pit crew and technicians.
As well as track days, owners could also arrange extra track time in their car with Maranello. Contrary to what many believe, cars taking part in the XX programme were never forcibly kept at Ferrari’s Italian HQ, though the likelihood is that many chose to.
Just 29 examples of the FXX were built, with the 30th presented to F1 legend Michael Schumacher – who also took part in the XX scheme. Such was the hardcore nature of the FXX that each car also came with an advanced driving course at Ferrari’s Fiorano test track included in the price.
Just like later XX cars, the FXX was never homologated for road use, nor was it ever designed to be used in competitive racing.
Though the initial XX programme was designed to run for just two years, in 2007 Ferrari decided to extend it – as well as offering an “Evoluzione” package for the XX.
The package bought drivers another six track events over another two years – but also offered a series of upgrades for the FXX. Power from the 6.2-litre V12 engine was increased to 848bhp at 9500rpm, while revisions to the transmission cut shift times to just 60 milliseconds.
Extra settings were also added to allow drivers to turn the FXX’s traction control off completely, while the suspension and brakes were also modified. It was rumoured to cost upwards of €1 million, excluding local taxes.
In 2010 Ferrari added a new vehicle to its XX line-up, the 599XX. Costing around £1.3 million, production was similarly limited to 29 models.
The V12 engine, lifted from the regular 599, featured new enhancements and a titanium exhaust, taking power to 720bhp at 9000rpm and torque to 505lb ft at 6500rpm.
Weight over the standard car also dropped by 270kg to 1430kg - all of which added up to provide a 0-60mph time of less than 2.9 seconds and a top speed of 196mph. Autocar was one of the few media outlets to drive the car at Fiorano.