A unique car even by the standards of the Prancing Horse’s most exclusive models, the 599XX EVO for Emilia, the proceeds from the sale of which will be donated to the families of the earthquake victims, is set to become an authentic collector’s item. Not only because it is one of a special series of track-only laboratory cars, but because it will be personalised with features that make it absolutely unique. The latter include a commemorative plaque signed by Ferrari chairman Luca di Montezemolo and the two Scuderia drivers Fernando Alonso and Felipe Massa.
The car boasts the very finest of Ferrari technology, the product of our research into both our Formula 1 and road cars. Its cutting-edge aerodynamics, electronic controls and lightweight materials ensure it is a veritable powerhouse of innovation.
The project has also benefited from the experience accumulated on the track by Ferrari’s Client-Test Drivers for whom it was designed.
The 599XX EVO has a highly evolved set-up with completely new active aerodynamic solutions and an engine output boosted to 750 CV.
The new set-up includes the introduction of the High Dynamic Performance Concept, which combines second-generation Race magnetorheological suspension with a lower centre of gravity and a reduction of 35 kg in weight compared to the 599XX. New tyres and evolved ESP and F1-Trac calibrations have reduced the static margin and boosted lateral acceleration by 10 per cent while vehicle response time has been slashed by 9 per cent.
The aerodynamic package increases downforce and also, thanks to the active rear wing, allows the distribution of the load to be adjusted between the front and rear axles to modify the static margin as a function of speed and whether the car is braking and cornering or accelerating. The car has a new front splitter and two side flicks on the front bumper, along with a large rear diffuser with an innovatively-designed larger surface area.
The rear wing features a new concept known as “opening gap” which has two elements with profiles similar to those used in Formula 1, and an active system that rotates the two flaps. When the gap is open, a greater percentage of downforce is placed over the front axle (57 per cent) which reduces drag (-18 per cent) and increases speed. However, when the flaps are closed, the downforce shifts to the rear (+54 per cent) which improves the car’s braking ability on straights. With this particular solution, total downforce at 200 km/h increases to 330 kg in the open configuration and 440 kg in the closed one, compared to 280 kg.
The adoption of side exhausts also allowed engineers to increase the engine’s power output by 20 CV while maximum torque is now 700 Nm. Combined with a slightly shorter final gear ratio to boost acceleration on fast, technical tracks, the result is a car with a Fiorano lap time of just 1’15”.
The person that purchases this car will join the 599XX programme, which is included in the price and which encompasses 14 events on the world’s most exclusive circuits in 2012-13.
Due to the exceptional nature of the event, the 599XX EVO for Emilia will also be handed over to its new owner at the Monza Grand Prix by the Scuderia Ferrari drivers.