Ferrari is currently working on a more extreme version of its LaFerrari flagship that will follow in the footsteps of previous ‘XX’ experimental cars like the 599XX and Enzo-based FXX. Prototypes have been spotted for the past year and now we’re hearing that the reveal is set to take place in just a few weeks.
According to Top Gear, Ferrari will present its LaFerrari XX (name yet to be confirmed) at the Finali Mondiali event taking place at Abu Dhabi’s Yas Marina circuit from December 3-6. The event is Ferrari’s annual celebration of the end of the motorsport season and brings together all of its separate sporting divisions.
For this year’s event, Ferrari has confirmed that 74 of its Challenge race cars, 17 Formula One cars and 19 of its XX experimental cars will be taking part. And perhaps there will be the LaFerrari XX as well.
The LaFerrari XX is expected to benefit from the same 6.3-liter V-12 and twin motor-generator HY-KERS hybrid setup from the standard LaFerrari, but with output turned up to around 1,050 horsepower instead of 950 hp. By comparison, McLaren’s rival to the LaFerrari XX, the P1 GTR, packs a 986-hp punch.
The extra power is said to have come from further fine-tuning of the V-12. A previous spy video of the LaFerrari XX revealed a much more aggressive engine note than that of the standard car. But more power is only part of the story as Ferrari is more focused on the handling of the car. 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 working on the next generation of Ferraris.
The XX cars fall under Ferrari’s Corse Clienti customer racing program and are offered exclusively to the most loyal customers, although it’s not unusual to find XX cars for sale on the used car market. As the cars are all designed for track-use only, it means they can’t be registered for the road.