Watch this video of the LaFerrari FXX K racing around the Yas Marina circuit in Abu Dhabi and we guarantee you’ll feel a chill down your spine. The LaFerrari FXX K is the track-only version of the LaFerrari hypercar, modified to the max to enable it to compete with the McLaren P1 GTR.
The LaFerrari FXX K has stats that sound more like science fiction than reality. For example, it produces four figures of horsepower – a whopping 1034 BHP – and 664 ft lb of torque. An impressive 90kg has been removed from the original LaFerarri road car’s weight, and new bodywork produces 50% more downforce in low-drag mode, and 30% more in high-downforce mode.
It’s all about speed with this car, and the LaFerrari FXX K will do a lap of Ferrari’s test track 5 seconds faster than the road car version. Essentially, if the normal LaFerrari is a puma, the LaFerrari FXX K is a puma on Red Bull.
If the LaFerrari FXX K is new to you, let us fill you in on the details. It contains the same naturally aspirated V12 engine as the road car, but with new camshafts and a modifed valve train. New air intake manifolds provide better airflow, while the silencers have been removed from the exhaust – making this the sexiest, growliest, loudest Ferrari you’re ever likely to hear.
It’s called the FXX K because it gets an extra boost from the updated electric HY-KERS system, which funnels an extra 187BHP through the electronic differential. Yes, it’s a hybrid car, but perhaps not as you know it.
The system comes with four modes, the battery-draining ‘Qualify’, ‘Long Run’ for consistent performance from both the V12 and the KERS, ‘Manual Boost’ to create maximum torque, and ‘Fast Charge’, which you’ll probably need after ‘Qualify’.
Various body modifications have been made to improve the car’s aerodynamics and drop that excess weight. The most noticeable is perhaps at the rear, which has been optimised for downforce. The raised tail features an active spoiler that can extend up to 60mm, while short wings on either side of the tail, coupled with a vertical fin, provide guidance in low-drag mode. The enormous rear diffuser is also pretty impossible to miss.
Inside, the car is clearly made for the track. with an exposed-carbon interior and serious-looking fixed bucket seats. It’s not built for comfort, but definitely for speed.
If all this is whetting your appetite, then we have some bad news for you. Ferrari is only making 40 of these incredible cars, and all of them have already been sold. Owners will keep their cars at Ferrari for at least two years, where they will be maintained and cherished by experts. For your £2,000,000 or thereabouts, you also get invitations to exclusive XX track events, where you can drive your car on some of the world’s best race circuits with full pit team support.
Still, even if we can’t own one it’s fun to watch from the sidelines, and we’ll bring you more videos and news when we have them.