The 1,000 Horsepower Ferrari FXX K
Across the board, horsepower is on the upswing. Cars that you can purchase at your local dealer are now in super-car territory, putting a great deal of pressure on the original super-cars to step up their game. Ferrari has taken note, and has just entered the hyper-car zone, with it’s 1,000 horsepower Ferrari FXX K. It is only the second 1,000+ horsepower car in existence, right behind the Koenigsegg One:1.
The FXX K debuted officially at the Ferrari World Finals in Abu Dhabi.
The LaFerrari’s 949 horsepower just wasn’t enough anymore. The FXX K has received a boost in power, now upped to 1,035 horsepower, to compliment it’s 664 lb-ft of torque. That torque figure has actually dropped from 715 lb-ft, but an aerodynamics upgrade definitely balances things out. The standard LaFerrari is a full five seconds slower on Ferrari’s private Fiorano test track.
The XX designation is a throwback to Ferrari’s racing club where a select few were able to drive the brand’s most special models on private tracks. These cars were known as FXX and 599XX models. The FXX K is what happened after engineers tinkered with the 6.3-litre V12 engine and electric motor found in the LaFerrari hybrid. 860 of that hp are delivered by the V12 engine, and 190 from the electric motor.
The K refers to the KERS kinetic energy recovery system used to maximize track performance. It can be controlled in four positions: Long Run for consistent performance, Qualify for maximum performance within a limited number of laps, Manual Boost which delivers instant maximum torque delivery and Fast Charge, for rapid battery recharge.
Aerodynamically, Ferrari has focused on delivering maximum efficiency at every stage, through a system of both active and passive aerodynamics, utilizing downforce generation and balancing concepts. The car boosts a downforce of 540 kg at 200 km/h.
Pirelli tires with sensors monitoring acceleration laterally, longitudinally and radially, as well as pressure and temperature help the FXX K’s dynamics. This guarantees maximum performance thanks to the traction control system receiving all possible data and analyzing the interaction between the tire and the track.
Ferrari is beginning to separate itself from Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, pushing deeper into the ultra-luxury market is a great way to accomplish this. Of course, these cars are not actually sold by Ferrari, only used in the brand’s super private client racing program; Ferrari refuses to sell them. By not selling them, or entering the car into competition, Ferrari is freed from requirements and regulations, and compromise. It’s too bad, we’d love to see the FXX K take on the Koenigsegg One:1 or even the Porsche 918 Spyder and it’s 2.5-second zero-to-sixty. That exclusive group of test driving clients will truly get an unprecedented driving experience.
Who says that hybrids have to be gutless? With the launch of it’s first hybrid, Maranello is now in the business of bottling lightning.
Here is a look at the 1,000 horsepower Ferrari FXX K in action https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TGe0SBPrzIU
By Linda Aylesworth – car-news.ca