Only a couple of days ago a Ferrari exec confirmed that development had started on an ‘XX’ experimental version of the LaFerrari supercar
, and now we have spy shots of a LaFerrari prototype that’s likely to be for just that car. The potential LaFerrari XX prototype was spotted testing on the Nürburgring, and according to our photographer it managed to lap the German circuit in time of about 6:35. This would give it the lap record for a car based on a production model, which currently stands at 6:47.50
, as set by the Pagani Zonda R back in 2010. We say production based because, like Ferrari’s previous XX cars, the LaFerrari XX won’t be a regular production model and thus not street legal.
The prototype is unpainted, revealing the bare carbon fiber body panels, and its windows have been replaced by a racing-style polycarbonate set. It’s too difficult to tell what other changes have been made, although we’re told the car was tested with different sets of Pirelli tires. This suggests that the LaFerrari XX is still in the early stages of development.
On Tuesday, Antonello Coletta, the head of Ferrari’s Sporting Activity Department, which handles all of the automaker’s track programs apart from Formula One, revealed that the LaFerrari XX was in development, with a launch likely to take place early next year
. This means we’re likely to see the car unveiled to the public at the 2015 Geneva Motor Show next March.
Coletta also said that rather than extracting more performance from the standard LaFerrari’s hybrid drivetrain, which is already producing upwards of 950 horsepower and 663 pound-feet of torque, engineers will focus on the handling of the car. He explained that the LaFerrari was tuned for the road and that a track-only car like the LaFerrari XX requires completely different settings.
Look for the LaFerrari XX to benefit from some weight-saving measures, improved aerodynamics (with a focus on downforce), slick tires, new suspension, and revised electronic stability and traction systems.
While the LaFerrari is being produced in a limited run of 499 cars, all of which have been sold, the LaFerrari XX will likely add a couple of dozen units to that tally. The XX cars are typically kept and maintained by Ferrari, with owners flying in to various race tracks around the world to drive the cars on the track and provide feedback to engineers. The program is designed for Ferrari’s most loyal customers, although it’s not unusual to find XX cars for sale on the used car market
Stay tuned for updates as development progresses._______________________________________Follow Motor Authority on Facebook, Twitter, and Google+.