Warning: Much of what follows will be Greek to those who aren’t fiery fans of the Italian prancing horse!
The 36th edition of the Bologna Motor Show at the beginning of this month staged the unveiling of the evolution of the extreme, non-homologated sports berlinetta, the 599XX. Ferrari 599XX has introduced a package of performance-enhancing technical features available to clients participating in the track-based research and development programme for the 2012-2013 seasons.
Already the fruit of the very finest Ferrari road car and Formula 1-derived technology, the 599XX now features improved chassis dynamics thanks to an active aerodynamic package integrated with the vehicles’ electronic control systems, and the adoption of new Pirelli tyres. The car is also more powerful than before (750 CV) and weighs 35 kg less.
The key to the aero package is the active rear wing design which represents a new aerodynamic concept called ‘opening gap’. The wing features two flaps, with profiles similar to those used in Formula 1, which rotate electronically to adjust the downforce between the front and rear axles. The result: better performance in cornering.
The new aerodynamics package for the 599XX also includes a modified front splitter and a new rear diffuser featuring a larger surface area and redesigned fences and foot-plates. Total downforce at 200 km/h is boosted to 330 kg when the flaps are open and 440 kg when closed.
The adoption of side exhausts allowed the engineers to increase engine power by 20 CV to 750 CV (again at 9000 rpm), while maximum torque has been increased to 700 Nm. When
combined with a final gear ratio that’s slightly shorter to improve acceleration on technical, medium- to high-speed tracks, the Ferrari 599XX laps Fiorano in just 1’15”.