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New FXX Unveiled

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  1. Boxer 512

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    #1 Boxer 512, Jun 15, 2005
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    Saw this on the FS Website, Not sure if it's been posted before ?

    Seb

    The FXX

    New FXX to turn client-collectors into genuine Ferrari Test Drivers

    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 our 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 and specialists.

    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 also available.

    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 circumstances.

    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 updated.

    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 various scheduled events.

    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-seater 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 to introduce the Client Test Drivers 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 will be taking place over the coming days at Fiorano.

    The FXX and the relative package cost a total of 1.5 million euro (excluding taxes). Applications to join the programme are being evaluated by a special in-house committee.
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  3. F328GTS

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    I wonder if Frank Mountain will sign up? Bet he does.
     
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    If I was him, I would, that is awesome and then some:D
     
  5. Stimmers360

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    whats the deal with Frank Mountain , he has every car on the planet, spends millions on them, yet i had a look for him in the recent Times Rich List and nothing !!!! What gives !!

    i dont care how good it is etc etc, £1 million for a car, thats bloody ridiculous. The Enzo was too much, this is insane !
     
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    My mondial t probably wont even make the deposit!!!
     
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  8. noony

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    wowwwwww!
     
  9. Trax

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    Not certain it's correct, but I was told that there are 6 cars for the UK

    All sold


    Now do you think they're able to afford the £1m by selling on their allocated 430s?
     
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    I bet JK will be up for it too.
     
  11. steve f

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    he aint in the click he had to buy a enzo second hand
     
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    Is that right? Car Magazine had a feature on him picking it up from the factory so I presumed he got it new.
     
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    I thought he got it new but he wasn't one of the original 399 selected by the factory. Because somebody backed out he got the chance to buy the car instead
     
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    thanks you saved me there thought i was wrong for once cheers batman
     
  16. murph7355

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    Assuming that's real, and they flog all the seats, Ferrari will have pulled off a real coup.

    Get a bunch of punters to spunk 1m quid on a car that can't be used on the road, primarily for the purpose of giving Ferrari feedback on how its wealthiest drivers actually drive their cars...good market research technique if you can get away with it.

    And is it just me, or does it look rubbish. Awkward cross between a Maser MC12 and an Enzo, with some airfix rear wings and Max Power graphics and NACA scoops stuck on.
     
  17. Stimmers360

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    i read in one of his interviews that he got invited to buy one and turned it down, then saw one in black and said he wanted one and they said ok !

    Im pretty sure he got one of the official ones,
     
  18. barabus

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    He did, Steves wrong:D
     
  19. jimmy b

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    Hardly for the first time. JK has been on quite a few TV shows with his black enzo (TG once, I think?) and no he didn't get it used off Ebay.

    Meanwhile back on the thread topic, this car is a joke / rip-off / shocker / copy of the Enzo (as you say with Max Power plastic add-ons). If it's so good, why build only twenty?
    Only impressive thing about it, is the 800bhp from the 6.2 litres. More Fcars need that level of BHP per litre IMHO. The 456 with 440bhp from 5.6 litres is shockingly undertuned (compared with, say, the 400bhp from the 360). Let's hope they cascade this performance across the whole range. In the meantime they should concentrate on a credible Enzo replacement, okay only 349 of them, but sensibly priced for what it is, at the normal 200 odd grand, and hopefully as visually unlike the Enzo as possible.

    J.
     
  20. murph7355

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    Trouble with getting high specific output from a naturally aspirated car is that they end up very peaky and very revvy. Which wouldn't suit a 456 type car. So not all need to be thus equipped.

    Also, 200-odd grand isn't especially expensive for a Ferrari, and there's no way an Enzo type car will be so cheap.

    If the 600 is any good, a CS version may well be on the cards at that sort of money. But it won't be an Enzo/F50/F40/288...

    Don't the real limited models usually come out every 7-10yrs?
     

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