Ferrari just wanted to build super-cars.
Just the other day news broke out that the parent Fiat is putting it out in the market. Things didn’t look so good. So how do you deal with setbacks? Why, you build a race car of course.
Ferrari has a new car. Nicknamed FXX K, this new beast is actually a product of the new research and development programme which receives its world premiere next weekend at the Yas Marina Circuit in Abu Dhabi. The car is based on Maranello’s first hybrid model. The “K” in its nomenclature actually points to “KERS” which maximises track performance.
This is actually a race car version of the latest Ferrari the “La Ferrari”. However, this race car will never be used in competition so it does not follow any race regulations. It is designed for an exclusive group which Ferrari calls “Client Test Drivers” with whom Ferrari will roll out a test programme over the coming two years.
Let’s take a quick look at the numbers. The car generates a total output of 1021 bhp (yes start drooling). 835 bhp of this humongous number is generated by its conventional V12 and the rest 188 bhp is by the electric motor. Maximum torque is said to cross 664 lp-ft (Ferrari would not part with actual numbers). The exhaust does not have silencers and therefore has been modified as well.
The KERS on board has been upgraded to give the driver an option to control the car in four different modes. These are present on the “Manettino” controller on the centre console. These four modes are “Qualify” for maximum power within a limitied number of laps, “Long Run” for going the distance, “Manual Boost” for instant maximum torque delivery and “Fast Charge” for quick recharge of the battery.
With detailed active and passive aerodynamic sections, this is the ultimate machine from Ferrari. The front of the car has a prominent twin profile spoiler with a large splitter. Ferrari says that this is a design feature which they have carried forward from the GT category of the WEC, yes the same one which it has been winning for three years in a row.
Let’s take a look at the excerpt from the press release about the aerodynamic features:
“Two pairs of vertical elements, an endplate and, externally, a dive plane, together with vertical fins channel the air towards the car’s flanks, generating a longitudinal vortex that creates a localised depression. This in turn sucks the wake from the wheels to the outside of the aerodynamic underbody. Along with the side skirts that extend out from the sills, the vortex helps isolate the airflow from the underbody to boost its efficiency.
At the back, the tail section is now higher (than LaFerrari) and the mobile spoiler extends further for a total increase in extension of 60 mm when fully deployed. A vertical fin and a small wing each side of the tail act as guide vanes in the low drag configuration and boost the spoiler’s efficiency in the high downforce one. This system also creates increased downforce at the rear of the car, allowing the use of an extreme diffusion volume for the rear diffuser which increases air extraction from the underbody.
The result is a claimed 50% improvement in downforce in the low drag configuration and a 30% improvement in the more aggressive downforce configuration, resulting in a figure of 540 kg at 124 mph.”
While I am no techie, that was probably in a very long time I kind of followed what was going on. Let’s just say the folks at Ferrari take their jobs very seriously!
This is a welcome refreshment from the Ferrari which can only build cars like it can. The LaFerrari is itself a tribute to the legendary Enzo and this race-car is the most extreme Ferrari has ever gone.
Aren’t we glad that Ferrari just wanted to build super-cars!