The 'K' stands for 'KERS,' a device missing from the previous FXX. Yup, the brave multi-millionaire drivers will be subjected this time to assault and battery, as LaFerrari's immense powerplant has been modified all over. The 6.3-litre V12 has had an extra 50 horsepower squeezed out of it to make 860PS (848bhp), while the KER System [sic] chucks an extra 190PS (187bhp) at the rear wheels the very instant you floor it, up from the street LaFez's 160PS of electric boost. That adds up to 1050PS all-in, or 1035bhp if you still prefer it in old money, all going to the rear wheels via a 7-speed DCT. Oddly, the official torque figure is the same at "over 664lb/ft," a claim that seems all the more Italian when you notice the McLaren P1 packs 663lb/ft......
It's been suggested that Ferrari will build just 30 of these cars, and just like the previous 'XX' cars, they're not even slightly road legal. They're not eligible for racing either. Instead, they are devices for Ferrari's ongoing research and driver development programme. Over the next two years lucky squillionaires will be invited to track days to do laps in their car and gather data which Ferrari will use to inform development of future road cars. On that note, those slick tyres have sensors embedded in them which give data about lateral, longitudinal and radial acceleration, so the Italian stallions can also tell you where and when you were being too harsh on them. Also helping you preserve the tyres is a development of the 458 Speciale's Side Slip-angle Control system, which essentially allows the car to slide without allowing it to spin. Performance figures haven't been released, but with slick tyres and an extra 90 horsepower, it ought to do 0-60mph in 2.5 seconds or less, really. LaFerrari does it in 2.9s with road tyres, after all.
The price? Guesstimates say £2m, $3m, but it's irrelevant. Those who need to know the price have the money to handle whatever it is. All I want to know now is what this thing sounds like!
UPDATE (5/12): While I haven't found out what it sounds like, TopGear recently pointed out that this FXXK is a whole 5 seconds faster around Pista di Fiorano - Ferrari's own test track - than LaFerrari (1:14.x vs 1:19.x). It also weighs about 90kg less than LaFez, which from what I can work out gives it a dry weight of 1165kg. So that's over 1000 horsepower propelling the weight of a Fiesta ST! Compared to the previous FXX, it generates 42% more downforce, has fewer steering wheel settings to make it less mind-boggling to operate and will be slightly more common - 40 will be built, each costing about €2.5m. Not that it matters, as all are sold out.
...But it doesn't end there...
McLaren already has its answer to this car, for those who want such a machine without the horseplay...
|McLaren P1 GTR preview show car|
What extras is the GTR packing over the P1 road car? As the car pictured is only a concept - presumably the Woking massive wanted to get the word out to people before Ferrari and before they've even finished the thing - there is limited information beyond the following:
> 1000PS from a 3.8 V8 Twin-Turbo and KERS, same manual boost & DRS functions as P1 road car.
> Onboard air jack system from 650S GT3 racer. Full-on track-spec aero package.
> Front track (distance between front wheels) widened by 8cm to improve front-end response.
> Fixed ride height and stiffer suspension, like 'Race Mode' but permanent and even more aggressive.
> Steering wheel based on that of the MP4-23 Formula 1 car (Lewis Hamilton's 2008 championship car)
> A REALLY LOUD EXHAUST made from titanium and 'Inconel.'
> Carbon bucket seats. Air conditioning remains standard-fit, but the rest of the interior is stripped out.
> Bespoke Pirelli slick tyres.
Oh, and the name pays homage to the McLaren F1 GTR, which remains the only true production-based GT racer to beat all the purpose-built prototypes at the Le Mans 24 Hours when it won the prestigious endurance race in 1995. It'll be two decades later that the P1 GTR hits the track in somewhat different circumstances.
Which is cooler? GTR or FXX K? You decide!
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