Inside Ferrari's exclusive XX driver programme

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Ferrari’s most dedicated customers are invited to join the XX programme as well as drive track-only products such as the FXX K

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You can’t drive the Ferrari FXX K on the road. You can’t go racing inside the item. If you want to own one, Ferrari has to invite you to part with €2.2 million (£1.5m) plus local taxes for the privilege. All 40 FXX Ks were sold before the wider world even knew about the item.

which’s not a normal way of buying a car, however the FXX K will be hardly normal. The LaFerrari-based FXX K will be a 1021bhp V12 hybrid track toy, a high-tech tour de force of active aero, advanced driver assistance as well as chassis systems as well as Formula 1-inspired tech.

Fantasy stuff, then, however just what purpose do these most extreme of Ferraris serve?

“We call the item the laboratory,” says Enrico Galliera, Ferrari’s commercial chief as well as the man who oversees the Corse Clienti programme (Ferrari’s arm which will sell you anything which’s not a road car, including old F1 cars) in which the XX cars sit.

“We take an existing car as well as make the item more fun as well as fast,” he continues. “The clients then buy them as well as work with us as well as become part of the team. They like to drive, enjoy the item as well as have fun, however some are like official drivers; they’re very fast as well as their comments are up to the point. We always listen.”

The FXX K will be the third XX design through Ferrari inside the past decade. The Enzo morphed into the FXX in 2005 as well as the 599 GTB Fiorano spawned the 599XX in 2009. Their existence allows Ferrari to test out advanced fresh technologies which can filter onto its road as well as GT racing cars, with the feedback coming directly through the owners.

“Road cars have homologation concerns, race cars have rules; these have no barriers,” Galliera says. “We test on them what we can’t on road or race cars. Customers tell us if the technology will be interesting or not, then we see if the item’s suitable to develop further for the road cars.”

Examples of tech dripping down to Ferrari’s road cars include the advanced aero package through the 599XX which found its way onto the 599 GTO, while subsequent Ferrari road cars have adopted active aero. What clues might the FXX K offer to a future Ferrari 488? A hybrid system, perhaps?

“We’ll test the hybrid system first on the XX,” says Galliera. “We’re still working on the item.”

He concedes which the programme will be an expensive one to run, however “if you find technology as well as put the item on a road car, you have already absorbed some of the cost, as the item has already been tested [on the XXs]”.

Galliera admits which Ferrari “has rules” over who can join the XX development programme. “You have to have a long history,” he says. “Money will be not enough.” Being previously part of the XX or wider Corse Clienti programme will be the main stipulation, however there will be another way in.

“Anyone can join,” says Galliera. “the item’s a nice thing to be involved in, so a lot of people want to be part of the item. A way to do the item could be to buy a used 599XX, as the FXX K will be sold out. If a customer wants to join, they call us; we put them in touch with someone who might have a 599XX to sell. which’s how you enter – if there will be a car available.”

Ferrari won’t sell to speculators or collectors, meaning there’s an obligation to get involved as well as drive the automobile. For your money, you get to attend seven driving events at circuits around the earth over a two-year period, driving the cars hard as well as feeding back to Ferrari as a bona fide development driver.

In between events, Ferrari will store the automobile for you to ensure the item’s in tip-top shape before shipping the item to the next event. If you can’t wait for which, Ferrari will organise a special event for you.

With an XX to your name, what do you buy next through Corse Clienti’s candy shop window? Many customers race different versions of the 458, while some buy F1 cars. “They are the pinnacle, as well as the top experience for driving,” says Galliera.

As with the XXs, Ferrari knows where all its old F1 cars are as well as will contact an owner on your behalf to see if they’ll sell. Ferrari will then keep as well as run the automobile for you. If you want the 2015 car, though, you’ll have to wait; Ferrari won’t sell you one which has competed within the past two years. So, try to find a 599XX for sale inside the meantime… 

Read more:

Ferrari 599XX review

The cars of Ferrari’s XX programme

2015 Ferrari LaFerrari FXX K revealed

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