In a move of extreme personal one-upmanship, Ferrari decided that its halo vehicle, the LaFerrari, was just a little too tame. As such, we know have the 2015 Ferrari FXX K, a hardcore, track-oriented hyper hybrid with over 1,000 horsepower, Pirelli P-Zero racing slicks, enough exotic materials to supply a space program, and two downforce-generating rear dorsal fins.

Sounds amazing, doesn’t it? We want one too, but alas, it was not meant to be. Ferrari is making only 32 examples of the FXX K, and each and every one is already sold. It’s not like they were all that cheap either, with a $2.7 million buy-in required for access.

Here’s how it works: owners pay money for the right to drive the car at special track days of Ferrari’s choosing, giving them the chance to develop as drivers, as well as develop the car as a close link to Ferrari’s F1 program. Past examples of this arrangement include the F40 LM, FXX, and 599XX.

So, to sum up: you pay Ferrari millions of dollars for the chance to drive “your” car at a track day, then they box it up and take it home to look at the data you generated as a means to win races. You can’t even cruise the local shopping mall.

That’s okay though. Every time a car like this comes out, we’re reminded of just how awesome modern racing technology can be. And as long as millionaire drivers keep shelling out the cash, folks like you and I can sit back and marvel, content that, eventually, it’ll all trickle down. Now where’s the particleboard and glue gun? My four-banger is gonna look totally sweet with some dorsal fins.

Click past the jump to read more about the Ferrari FXX K.

Why it matters

Although it shouldn’t be very surprising, we always marvel at the rapidity of how cars like the FXX K sell out. Even with a $2.7-million sticker price and extremely limited driving opportunities, the prospect of ownership is considered a privilege. These “owner/test drivers” are involved heavily with Ferrari’s racing program, which means they aren’t necessarily out for a session of power slides and grins. They work closely with engineers and other race car drivers to go faster, both through personal development and development of the car. In the world of racing, this is one in, although it is a rather pricey one.

Ferrari FXX K

2015 Ferrari FXX K High Resolution Exterior
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“Extreme” is one word that comes to mind when considering the FXX K. Let’s start with the bodywork. Composed of carbon fiber, there are active wings and splitters everywhere, which means that air is dynamically channeled through and around the car with the precision of a jet fighter. Those rear fins, for example, are designed to reduce drag while maintaining a fair amount of squeeze on the rear end at speed. All told, a total of 1,190 pounds of downforce is available at 124 mph in the most aggressive setting.

Now let’s talk about the suspension and brakes. A variety of computers are tasked with finding traction, including an upgraded electronic differential, F-Trac traction control, Side Slip Angle Control, and high-performance ABS. The rotors are carbon-ceramic units from Brembo, and the ultra-lightweight wheels are measured at 10.5-inches of width in the front and 13-inches of width in the rear.

Let’s end with the drivetrain. A 6.3-liter V-12 petrol engine is combined with an electric motor to yield 1,050 horsepower and more than 663 pound-feet of torque. Maximum rpm is a howling 9250 revs, and reclaiming potentially lost energy is a HY-KERS system with four different settings, from “Qualify” for max boost to “Long Run” for extended runs. A seven-speed dual-clutch transmission routes it all for an estimated 2.7 second run to 60 mph and a top speed of 217 mph.

$2.7 million? Sure, why not.

Source: RoadAndTrack

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