Ferrari’s most dedicated customers are invited to join the XX programme and drive track-only models such as the FXX K
Mark Tisshaw
8 August 2015

You can’t drive the Ferrari FXX K on the road. You can’t go racing in it. If you want to own one, Ferrari has to invite you to part with €2.2 million (£1.5m) plus local taxes for the privilege. All 40 FXX Ks were sold before the wider world even knew about it.

That’s not a normal way of buying a car, but the FXX K is hardly normal. The LaFerrari-based FXX K is a 1021bhp V12 hybrid track toy, a high-tech tour de force of active aero, advanced driver assistance and chassis systems and Formula 1-inspired tech.

Fantasy stuff, then, but just what purpose do these most extreme of Ferraris serve?

“We call it the laboratory,” says Enrico Galliera, Ferrari’s commercial chief and the man who oversees the Corse Clienti programme (Ferrari’s arm that will sell you anything that’s not a road car, including old F1 cars) in which the XX cars sit.

“We take an existing car and make it more fun and fast,” he continues. “The clients then buy them and work with us and become part of the team. They like to drive, enjoy it and have fun, but some are like official drivers; they’re very fast and their comments are up to the point. We always listen.”

The FXX K is the third XX model from Ferrari in the past decade. The Enzo morphed into the FXX in 2005 and the 599 GTB Fiorano spawned the 599XX in 2009. Their existence allows Ferrari to test out advanced new technologies that can filter onto its road and GT racing cars, with the feedback coming directly from the owners.

“Road cars have homologation concerns, race cars have rules; these have no barriers,” Galliera says. “We test on them what we can’t on road or race cars. Customers tell us if the technology is interesting or not, then we see if it’s suitable to develop further for the road cars.”

Examples of tech dripping down to Ferrari’s road cars include the advanced aero package from the 599XX that found its way onto the 599 GTO, while subsequent Ferrari road cars have adopted active aero. What clues might the FXX K offer to a future Ferrari 488? A hybrid system, perhaps?

“We’ll test the hybrid system first on the XX,” says Galliera. “We’re still working on it.”

He concedes that the programme is an expensive one to run, but “if you find technology and put it on a road car, you have already absorbed some of the cost, as it has already been tested [on the XXs]”.

Galliera admits that Ferrari “has rules” over who can join the XX development programme. “You have to have a long history,” he says. “Money is not enough.” Being previously part of the XX or wider Corse Clienti programme is the main stipulation, but there is another way in.

“Anyone can join,” says Galliera. “It’s a nice thing to be involved in, so a lot of people want to be part of it. A way to do it would be to buy a used 599XX, as the FXX K is sold out. If a customer wants to join, they call us; we put them in touch with someone who might have a 599XX to sell. That’s how you enter – if there is a car available.”

Ferrari won’t sell to speculators or collectors, meaning there’s an obligation to get involved and drive the car. For your money, you get to attend seven driving events at circuits around the world over a two-year period, driving the cars hard and feeding back to Ferrari as a bona fide development driver.

In between events, Ferrari will store the car for you to ensure it’s in tip-top shape before shipping it to the next event. If you can’t wait for that, Ferrari will organise a special event for you.

With an XX to your name, what do you buy next from Corse Clienti’s candy shop window? Many customers race different versions of the 458, while some buy F1 cars. “They are the pinnacle, and the top experience for driving,” says Galliera.

As with the XXs, Ferrari knows where all its old F1 cars are and will contact an owner on your behalf to see if they’ll sell. Ferrari will then keep and run the car for you. If you want the 2015 car, though, you’ll have to wait; Ferrari won’t sell you one that has competed within the past two years. So, try to find a 599XX for sale in the meantime… 

Read more:

Ferrari 599XX review

The cars of Ferrari's XX programme

2015 Ferrari LaFerrari FXX K revealed

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8 August 2015
A couple of million for a car you can't take home to at least admire in your man cave.
A car you can only drive a few times over a few years (then does it revert back to the company? Or .. I might not have got that bit???)
And you're trying out their new technology - which is really paying them to do their own development work!
Do me a favour.
Am i really the first to liken this scheme to 'the emporer's new clothes'??
It looks to me as if this company has admitted that it has lost the top-trumps race for the fastest and quickest and is now trying for some contrived exclusivity angle; but really... Even with a lottery win; would you or I go for a deal like this???

8 August 2015
suzi120 wrote:

A couple of million for a car you can't take home to at least admire in your man cave.
A car you can only drive a few times over a few years (then does it revert back to the company? Or .. I might not have got that bit???)
And you're trying out their new technology - which is really paying them to do their own development work!
Do me a favour.
Am i really the first to liken this scheme to 'the emporer's new clothes'??
It looks to me as if this company has admitted that it has lost the top-trumps race for the fastest and quickest and is now trying for some contrived exclusivity angle; but really... Even with a lottery win; would you or I go for a deal like this???

It doesn't matter what people who can't afford an FXX K , like you and me, think. It keeps their wealthiest clients happy and spending their money with Ferrari.

 

I'm a disillusioned former Citroëniste.

8 August 2015
suzi120 wrote:

A couple of million for a car you can't take home to at least admire in your man cave.
A car you can only drive a few times over a few years (then does it revert back to the company? Or .. I might not have got that bit???)
And you're trying out their new technology - which is really paying them to do their own development work!
Do me a favour.
Am i really the first to liken this scheme to 'the emporer's new clothes'??
It looks to me as if this company has admitted that it has lost the top-trumps race for the fastest and quickest and is now trying for some contrived exclusivity angle; but really... Even with a lottery win; would you or I go for a deal like this???

If you for example buy a big yacht, you also can't take it home, you will also need other people to take care of it throughout the year, and unless you have a lot of free time, you won't be sailing on it very often. To rich folks that's probably just one of the many toys, unlike most of us, who would eat and sleep in the Ferrari if we ever got one. :P

8 August 2015
Laughable that people get taken in by this nonsense.

8 August 2015
Hmmm, see your point - a little. But when all is said and done, these are cars; not yachts (or aircraft etc) and are cars not just personal transport? Quick, expensive, exclusive; but still cars....

8 August 2015
The more they are expensive, the more they are awfull.

8 August 2015
It's so easy to think about these stuff as "if it was me" and reject them as nonsense. But people who participate in these activities are NOT from your world but a very different world. One of the drivers is the owner of Google. He flies in with his private jet for a few hours of driving and excitement/relaxation from his work. Maybe he stays 2-3 days for business and then he flies back to Google head quarters.Even if you won the lottery a few times, you wouldn't be even near that world. So don't try to judge it as something good/bad or meaningless because you have NO clue about that life. Just admire it.

Dan

8 August 2015
No. Don't admire it. Don't want it if given to me. This is far from what made Ferrari the interesting company it once was. Remember, Enzo always considered the road car side of his business an income stream to fund his racing passion. This is just an extreme version of exploiting wealthy fantasists. As if Ferrari actually cares about their opinions. Would you want a car with development input from the head of Google? Why?! As much as I love beautiful things, places and cars, this is nonsense for an extremely babyish section of the very rich.

8 August 2015
What track only product could you buy that would be slower than one of these? I'd love to see a half decent driver in a shagged F3 car brash on to the track whilst these things were tooling round.

9 August 2015
This nonsensical display of wealth and boyhood fantasies helps keep hundreds employed. Money that would otherwise be stuck in some offshore account. Also shows how powerful a brand the prancing horse is. If people really wanted to race that is enough money to get them into some sort of domestic one make series.

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