2010 Ferrari 599XX
5999cc DOHC V12 Engine
Electronic Port Fuel Injection
720bhp at 9,000rpm
6-speed Auto-Manual Transmission with Paddle Shift
4-Wheel Independent Suspension
4-Wheel Carbon-Ceramic Disc Brakes
*One of only 29 purpose-built Ferrari spec 599XX racers
* Never raced, delivery miles only
*Advanced suspension and cutting-edge aero management
*Supplied with extensive spares package
The Ferrari 599XX
Certainly among the fastest two-seat passenger cars ever produced by the house of the Cavallino Rampante in Maranello, the 599XX is a technological tour de force. Based on the 599 GTB Fiorano and the FXX Evoluzione, it was unveiled at the Geneva Auto Show in 2009 and built as orders were confirmed. Intended as a limited-production track-only weapon and development test-bed, only 29 examples are known to have left the factory, although several additional chassis numbers are listed as "Unconfirmed". Ferrari's website states that the 599XX was aimed at customers "who can use it to race and be part of the so-called Corse Cliente program", with events scheduled at a variety of Grand Prix and high-speed sports-car circuits in Asia, Europe, and the United States.
599XXs were constructed on an aluminum frame with a wheelbase of 108.3 inches. Overall length of the carbon-fiber and aluminum body is 188.5 inches, its width is 77.6 inches, and overall height is 50.5 inches. Curb weight listed as 3350 lbs. An all-alloy, 65-degree double-overhead-cam transversely-mounted V12 engine displaces a whisker shy of six full liters, with four valves per cylinder and a complex titanium exhaust system. With the help of a highly-sophisticated engine management package, the 599XX produces a ferocious 720 horsepower at 9,000 rpm, and 506 foot-pounds of torque at 6,500 rpm. All that urge is delivered through a six-speed, double-clutch transaxle controlled by paddle shifters behind the leather-wrapped steering wheel. Gear changes can be accomplished in less than the blink of an eye - just 60 microseconds. The 599XX features double wishbone and coil spring suspension with anti-roll bars, supplemented by a second-generation semi-active SCM (magnetorheological shock absorber) system developed jointly with General Motors' Delphi Division. The SCM allows adjustment of shock absorber damping every 10 microseconds.
Extensive wind-tunnel testing allowed Ferrari to produce an advanced body shape with adjustable components that can reduce drag and generate more than 600 pounds of negative lift (downforce) at 120 mph and a claimed 1389 pounds at 186 mph. This system, called "Actiflow", employs aircraft-derived "fences" atop each fender to extract air trapped in the wheel wells; radiator air vents, adjustable winglets on the C-pillars that duct air inward behind the plastic backlight and across the rear deck spoiler; an air-permeable panel in the rear under-tail diffuser, and a pair of electric fans in the rear body section that direct airflow through holes in the tail adjacent to the tail-lamps up to a vehicle speed of 155 mph. Even the light-alloy wheels and ceramic-carbon brakes received thoughtful attention; Ferrari adopted F1-style "Doughnuts" that surround the brake rotor and inner wheel rim to boost cooling and aero effect. The 599XX left the factory with 219/67R19 racing slicks mounted on 11-inch wide, 19-inch diameter front wheels and 31/71R19 slicks on 12-inch-wide, 19-inch diameter rear wheels. Additional driver-assistance systems include a pair of Mannettino rotary switches on the steering wheel, in F1 fashion, which allow the car's behavior to be altered to suit driver preferences.
To maximize on-track performance, Ferrari's engineers created an extremely advanced electronic system called "High Performance Dynamic Concept" to manage airflow and chassis behavior. This system ties together the car's electronic and mechanical chassis components to produce consistent lap times. Also part of the electronic package is a dashboard screen Ferrari calls the "Virtual Car Engineer", which keeps the driver informed of system performance in real time.
All this hardware helps the 599XX achieve quite breathtaking performance 0 to 60 in just 2.9 seconds and a top speed of 198 mph (limited by gearing) with tremendous handling qualities. Testing at Ferrari's own Fiorano circuit demonstrated that the 599XX could lap a full 10 seconds quicker than the Enzo. It also broke the seven-minute barrier at the legendary Nürburgring's Nordschleife circuit, clocking at a very impressive 6:58.16.
A full roll cage protects the occupants of the otherwise Spartan cockpit. A carbon-fiber dashboard houses a single pod containing a comprehensive Liquid Crystal Display instrument panel, while the steering wheel is fitted with a variety of LED displays, again reminiscent of an F1 racing machine. The seats are of fire-resistant material, and both are equipped with a full set of racing harnesses. The cars are also equipped with a factory-installed fire-suppression system. Air conditioning was fitted as standard, and the 599XX can carry 86 liters of fuel.
The Motorcar Offered
This 599XX is essentially brand new and unused. Sold by Ferrari SpA to a Nevada construction executive and delivered to a Southern California Ferrari dealership where it has remained on display, it was finished and remains in the classic Rosso Corsa with full Bianco stripe package and numerals (51) as applied at the factory. This fantastic automobile is supplied with an extensive inventory of track spares including extra wheels and tires. Also included are manuals and all factory documentation. The car has been serviced and the engine run periodically.
For the skilled Ferrari enthusiast, this 599XX offers the unusual and rare opportunity to own and drive one of the storied automaker's highest-performance vehicles in virtually brand-new condition. As it roars to life, the hairs will stand up on the back of your neck - this limited production, purpose-built Ferrari racing car evokes the same type of emotions and reactions as its ancestors of Enzo's time.