Track-focused version of LaFerrari will feature tuned handling and new electrical systems, but no more power, and should come to market early next year
24 November 2014

Ferrari's new hard-core, track-only version of its LaFerrari supercar has been spotted testing ahead of a planned launch early next year.

Dubbed the XX, this model is likely to feature significant weight savings and aerodynamic upgrades. However, officials have already confirmed it would be "difficult" to extract any more power from LaFerrari’s current combined 950bhp hybrid output, saying this new model will have "more or less" the same power.

Previous early test mules, spotted at the Nürburgring, featured an unpainted body with its traditional windows replaced by sliding plastic units.

This latest test mule was caught at Ferrari's Fiorano test track, and features new a camouflaged body. The biggest styling change is the adoption of a new, split rear spoiler, which gives the car a far more aggressive look. A new front splitter can also be seen.

Our spies report the new car setting a time of around 6min 35 seconds around the 'Ring, which could potentially mean a new lap record for production cars.

Ferrari's plans to introduce the new model were confirmed by the firm's Sporting Activity Department boss, Antonella Coletta.

Speaking to the Australian press, Coletta said that he hoped that the new LaFerrai XX would appear in "January or February" next year. The new model follows on from the original FXX, which was based on the Enzo, and the 599XX.

Ferrari's engineering efforts will be put into completely re-tuning the handling of the track-focused machine. Coletta said that the suspension system, the aerodynamics and the car’s electrical systems would also be rethought on the new XX. The car will also wear slick tyres. 

The upshot is that the car’s performance maybe improved across certain parameters, according to Coletta, as a consequence of these improvements, though he also said making the new car faster than its sibling would be "very hard... but that is the challenge."

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15 April 2014
So the standard Ferrari La Ferrari isn't as good as the McLaren P1 then. To be fair, McLaren did raise the bar on super super cars.

15 April 2014
Please Symanski do not be so silly,lets wait and see what the first
drive tells us shall we.To date Ferrari have been able to take care of
the modern McLaren with out too much of a problem.Of course I do
not know what the result of the drive will be but it would not be a shock
to discover that the Ferrari is the better car.

TS7

15 April 2014
kendwilcox47 wrote:

Please Symanski do not be so silly,lets wait and see what the first
drive tells us shall we.To date Ferrari have been able to take care of
the modern McLaren with out too much of a problem.Of course I do
not know what the result of the drive will be but it would not be a shock
to discover that the Ferrari is the better car.

It wouldn't be a shock to hear ferrari fanbois say the same, neither would it be a shock for ferrari to attempt to cheat their way to a press victory.

15 April 2014
The Ferrari fan boys will be putting a horse's head in your bed this very moment. RIP

 

Hydrogen cars just went POP

15 April 2014
I'd hope they are offering full refunds to those who thought they were buying exclusive limited run LaFerrari's. Interesting to see they're stripping out the cars flawed electrical system (conceptually flawed that is). Porsche 918 would be a far better place to stick your money if they've run out of McLaren P1's..

15 April 2014
Autocar is the place for McLaren minions to spread their bile; Autocar even outdoes Pistonheads in terms of infestation. They are swarming all over this article like blue bottles on a piece of veal. It's funny, if a little sad, to read these nonsensical posts where the poster tries to discredit Ferrari and projects their own (unfounded) views just manically defending one side and blackening the other's name rather than appreciating them both. Symanski has used this website for quite a long time and I've never really taken any notice of his/her posts, this was the first one, and to say that this person comes of as an ignorant, sad and biased speculator would be a euphemism. Some of the comments here are so ridiculous to be unworthy of contemplation let alone a reply.

16 April 2014
Pot... kettle?

 

16 April 2014
The Special One wrote:

Symanski has used this website for quite a long time and I've never really taken any notice of his/her posts, this was the first one, and to say that this person comes of as an ignorant, sad and biased speculator would be a euphemism.

Have you never heard of where a salesman starts talking down the current model in favour of the next one which will do everything that the current one can't? In the end nobody buys the original model and the next never turns up because the company goes burst through lack of sales. That's what this Ferrari announcement sounds like. That the current Ferrari La Ferrari can't match or beat the McLaren P1. Given how long it took to get close to the McLaren F1's performance and how amazing the P1 has been right out the blocks, it would be hard for any other marque, any of them, to match what McLaren has done in a *road* car. If the engineers at Ferrari can then I'll equally be impressed with them. I'm not a Porsche fan, but I too think what they've done is fab, and I just love where they put the exhausts! So when being nasty with your replies, just remember you can also hit the delete key once you've typed out your anger. Be nice.

19 April 2014
The Special One wrote:

Autocar is the place for McLaren minions to spread their bile; Autocar even outdoes Pistonheads in terms of infestation. They are swarming all over this article like blue bottles on a piece of veal. It's funny, if a little sad, to read these nonsensical posts where the poster tries to discredit Ferrari and projects their own (unfounded) views just manically defending one side and blackening the other's name rather than appreciating them both. Symanski has used this website for quite a long time and I've never really taken any notice of his/her posts, this was the first one, and to say that this person comes of as an ignorant, sad and biased speculator would be a euphemism. Some of the comments here are so ridiculous to be unworthy of contemplation let alone a reply.

I endorse this post.


15 April 2014
When will we see one driven in anger instead of posing about with it's doors open and engine revving? It would appear that a fair few have been delivered yet there's a total blanket ban on any reviews. They must be super confident that it's going to be worth the wait. Still not sure about the claimed weight though, it looks pretty huge to me compared to the P1.

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