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FXX Research and Development extended

Two years away: the FXX first emerged in June 2005.

Ferrari flagship delayed as FXX supercar development is extended by two years

30 Oct 2007

FERRARI has extended the testing and development program of its forthcoming GT supercar based on the FXX prototype for a further two years “following an extensive upgrade to boost performance and handling”.

Meaning “F??” (or F60, as most pundits suggest), the FXX has had the power output of its 6262cc V12 increased from 800hp (600kW) to 860hp (640kW) at 9500rpm and gearshift times are down 20ms to 60ms. Gear ratios have also been modified to make use of the extra 1000rpm available.

Handling-wise, nine settings will be available on the new traction control system, which Ferrari claims is also “less invasive and more flexible, adapting more efficiently to the individual driving style of each driver”.

Chassis modifications have seen improved wear rates for the 19-inch Bridgestone tyres, while the Brembo brakes (which include composite ceramic material discs) have longer-lasting brake pads.

Furthermore, a number of new aerodynamic aids have been produced to increase downforce over the rear axle, including a new rear diffuser, nolder and rear flaps. Combined, the aerodynamic efficiency has increased 25 per cent.

“The active front spoiler control system settings have been adjusted to take these modifications into account, too,” Ferrari said in a statement released this week.

“New telemetry monitoring of the steering angle and brake pump pressure will further boost the interaction between client test drivers and the company's engineers.” Underway since late in 2005, the FXX program involves a small group of customers who have each spent more than $2 million for the privilege of owning a track-bound test mule and being involved in the Enzo-based car’s development.

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