The Ferrari 599XX is the first production-derived sports car to break the 7-minute barrier on the classic 20.832km Nordschleife circuit. It lapped in a time of 6min 58.16sec.
The 599XX, which inspired the new 599 GTO, is an extreme berlinetta designed for track use but is not intended for official competition use. It's described as a technological laboratory, incorporating a number of innovative solutions. Some of these will remain the exclusive preserve of the 599XX, while others have already filtered down to the 599 GTO, which was introduced at the Beijing Motor Show. These include the wheel doughnuts derived from F1 applications, which serve two purposes - to reduce turbulence and drag, and improve brake cooling.
Powered by a development of the V12 engine used by the 599 GTB Fiorano, the 599XX features Ferrari's High-Performance Dynamic Concept, an integrated design and chassis set-up that uses sophisticated electronics to govern the mechanical limits of the handling for maximum performance.
On the aerodynamics front, the car sees the introduction of the Actiflow System that increases downforce and/or cuts drag depending on the car's trim during cornering. This, together with other details, ensures that the 599XX boasts extraordinary levels of downforce - up to 1390 lb at 186mph.
Fundamental to the performance of the car was the development of specific components with technical partners Brembo for the carbon-ceramic brakes, Michelin for the tires and Shell for the fuel and lubricants.