(from Ferrari Press
Release) Ferrari has developed a truly innovative
technical collaboration programme around the FXX prototype aimed at
its most dedicated and passionate Clients.
The FXX is the most advanced GT ever created at Maranello and its
mission is to involve Ferrari’s most valued Clients as genuine
Prancing Horse Test Drivers in their own right. The wealth of data
and experience gathered in the course of this very special programme
will be exceptionally important.
In fact, the feedback from these highly skilled, non-professional
Client Test Drivers will be compared and supplemented with
suggestions from Michael Schumacher, Rubens Barrichello and
Ferrari’s professional in-house Test Drivers.
Every Client who signs up for the FXX project by purchasing one of
the estimated 20 or so cars being built, will actually be joining
Team Ferrari, and will have his driving experiences at the wheel of
this new car monitored directly by the Prancing Horse’s technicians
The FXX is the fruit of Ferrari’s know-how in building special
limited-series sports cars combined with, of course, its racing
experience. It will provide the basic framework on which the
specifics of future extreme models will be worked out. The
exceptionally powerful FXX delivers absolutely blistering
performance on all fronts.
The FXX has not been homologated for road use and thus will not be a
competition model. It will be used exclusively on the track as part
of a specific ongoing research and development programme featuring
this first ever group of Client Test Drivers.
The FXX is powered by an imposing 6,262 cc V12 engine that can punch
out over 800 hp at 8,500 rpm. Its gearbox is the result of the
transfer of F1 strategies, delivering gear change times of under 100
ms. This is almost as fast as the F1 single-seaters, themselves the
absolute pinnacle of current technological achievement.
The FXX’s aerodynamic design is particularly innovative too as it
has resulted in a shape that produces 40% higher downforce than ever
achieved before. It is also possible to adjust the FXX’s mobile
spoiler configuration to suit the specific circuit.
Ferrari’s partnership with Bridgestone has resulted in the
development of a specific 19” slick tyre for this particular model.
Likewise Brembo has created a special brake cooling and pad system
for the FXX’s extra large Composite Ceramic Material disc brakes.
The Client Test Drivers will also be able to share their unique
track experience with a passenger – in fact a second seat is
What really sets the FXX apart, however, is the sophisticated
telemetry system which will monitor and give feedback on 39
different vehicle dynamics parameters in real time. The system is
also able to record other data as demanded by specific
The information gathered will then be analysed by the Ferrari
technicians working on the programme and discussed with the
individual Client Drivers to ensure that the car is kept constantly
The FXX package also includes participation in a series of track
events to be organised by Ferrari on various international-level
circuits over the coming two years. On these occasions, an official
team of technicians will be on hand to provide any assistance and
support required by the Client Test Driver.
In addition to these truly unique official events, Clients will also
be able to take their cars out on the track independently during
private sessions. Clients wishing to leave their car at Maranello
will be glad to know that the vehicles will be transported directly
by Ferrari to the various European circuits for the scheduled
Given the car’s exceptional performance and the unique nature of the
package, delivery of each FXX will also include an ad hoc driving
course. The instructors will, of course, be professional drivers and
the courses will take place at the Fiorano Circuit where Ferrari
does its most important F1 single-seaters testing.
After the seat and the pedals have been individually tailored to
each driver, there will be a traditional “shakedown” followed by a
training session dedicated to test driving methodologies.
After a careful client order selection process, the first FXXs will
be delivered by the end of this year. The initial testing of the
definitive car is currently taking place at Fiorano. The FXX and the
relative package cost a total of 1.5 million euro (excluding taxes)
and applications to join the programme are being evaluated by a
special in-house committee.