Ferrari’s outrageous FXX K track car will soon finish its final two days of testing before making an official debut at the Ferrari Racing Days in Budapest, where it will launch a two-year research and development program in the hands of a select few “client-test drivers.”

The finishing tests will be performed at the Autodromo Enzo e Dino Ferrari circuit in Imola, located roughly 25 miles east of Bologna and 50 miles east of the Ferrari factory in Maranello. The cars will go through 30-minute runs to sort out any lingering issues. In attendance will be Ferrari’s Senior Vice President for Commercial & Marketing, Enrico Galliera, and the head of GT and Corse Clienti Sporting Activity Director, Antonello Coletta.

The FXX K is not designed for official competition, and is therefore unburdened by the constraints of official race homologation restrictions. Ferrari says it was “developed to be completely uncompromising, incorporating technological innovations that will guarantee an unprecedented driving experience to the exclusive group of Client-Test Drivers with whom the Prancing Horse will roll out a test program over the coming two years.”

Only 32 FXX Ks will be produced, each of which is already spoken for, with asking price for entry into the program set at $2.7 million per vehicle.

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Why it matters

If you’re confused by this whole “client-test driver” thing, then let me explain. The FXX K isn’t “sold” like a normal car would be, where you give the company the money and then take the vehicle home to do with as you please. Rather, Ferrari first approaches a handpicked group of individuals with the offer of purchasing entry into the XX development program. If he or she decides to pony up the cash, the client is then invited to take part in select events at race tracks in Europe, Asia and North America, where he or she is allowed to drive the car alongside a group of engineers and professional racers. 

Simply put, the clients pay to play race-car driver at events of Ferrari’s choosing, while Ferrari collects heaps of data and development information to put towards its road cars and racing programs.

The FXX K isn’t “sold” like a normal car would be, where you give the company the money and then take the vehicle home to do with as you please.

 

Sounds like a pretty good deal for Maranello, no? Ferrari has been doing it for quite some time now, with the FXX K being the latest in a line of XX vehicles that also includes the 599XX and FXX. All the cars are designated as track-only machines, and Ferrari retains them between each event. 

When not on track, I’m guessing the XX cars are locked up in a climate-controlled garage, surrounded by stern-looking portraits of Enzo gazing into the distance and various accolades collected over the prancing horse’s illustrious racing history. You know, for motivation, or whatever.

Regardless of the hefty price for what basically amounts to a collection of high-end track days, the FXX K program entries sold out almost immediately back in December.

The first of the track days for the FXX K will be in Hungary, between June 26th and 28th, during the Ferrari Racing Days event. The event will be held at the Hungaroring racing circuit, which is also the location of the Hungarian Formula 1 Grand Prix. 

Included in the event will be the Ferrari Challenge Trofeo Pirelli, a one-make series that pits novices and more experienced drivers against one another as a way to advance towards a career in professional GT racing. There’s also the Ferrari Challenge Coppa Shell, a gentleman-driver-oriented series for hot-shoes over the age of 55. Both Challenge series will be running the Ferrari 458 Challenge EVO. 

Finally, the F1 Clienti show will put various Ferrari Formula 1 cars from 1970 to 2013 on track for a display of historical motorsport goodness. Wunder kid Sebastian Vettel will also be on hand doing his thing in a F60 Scuderia F1 car. 

Sounds like the perfect place to debut the over-the-top FXX K.

Ferrari FXX K

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Press Release

The final two days of testing of the Ferrari FXX K have begun at the “Autodromo Enzo e Dino Ferrari” in Imola. The car of the new research and development programme will officially debut later this month at the Ferrari Racing Days in Budapest and will then appear on tracks around the world. The tests were attended by Ferrari’s Senior Vice President for Commercial & Marketing, Enrico Galliera, and the head of GT and Corse Clienti Sporting Activity Director, Antonello Coletta.

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Two-year programme. As we know the letter K is for “KERS” kinetic energy recovery technology, which maximises on track performance. Unfettered by homologation and racing regulations, the FXX K will never be used in competition. It was, in fact, developed to be completely uncompromising, incorporating technological innovations that will guarantee an unprecedented driving experience to the exclusive group of Client-Test Drivers with whom the Prancing Horse will roll out a test programme over the coming two years.

Extreme performance. At Imola there are six examples of a car whose huge potential can be summarised in a few but significant figures: 1050 total horse power, 860 of which comes from the V12 thermal engine and 190 from the electric motor with over 900 Nm of maximum torque. The HY-KERS system has been evolved specifically for pure performance with the result that the driver can control the function logics from the specific 4-setting Manettino on the centre console: Qualify, for maximum performance within a limited number of laps; Long Run to optimise performance consistency; Manual Boost for instant maximum torque delivery; and Fast Charge, for a fast recharge of the car’s battery.

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Refined aerodynamics. A focus on delivering maximum efficiency at every stage of every track lap has resulted in extensive but integrated work on the entire car body in terms of both active and passive aerodynamics. The result is a 50% improvement in downforce in the low drag configuration and a 30% improvement in the more aggressive downforce configuration, resulting in a figure of 540 kg at 200 km/h. The cars were given 30-minute runs on the first day. Tomorrow the second and final day of testing before the official debut of the Client-Test Divers on the occasion of the Ferrari Racing Days in Budapest, when as well as the Ferrari Challenge Europe, Trofeo Pirelli and Coppa Shell, and the F1 Clienti there will also be the performance by Scuderia Ferrari Formula 1 driver Sebastian Vettel at the wheel of an F60.

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