Ferrari FXX Evolution

Using the Enzo as its base, the FXX took the concept to another level. Just 30 were built, each kept under Ferrari's close supervision and sold only to owners who would use them at select race tracks carefully selected by the automaker.

Powered by an up-rated 6.3-liter variant of the V12 that powered the standard Enzo, the FXX was rated at 790 horsepower, and its upgraded aerodynamics package increased the top speed to 227 mph. To best take control of the power, the FXX utilized an even faster-shifting Formula One transmission aimed solely at closed course use.

From Ferrari's standpoint, the FXX's most important technological innovation was its integrated data monitoring telemetry. While a “big brother” system of collecting performance information would hardly be acceptable for a street vehicle, the 30 FXX “test subjects” – including Michael Schumacher himself – were undoubtedly delighted to be included in Ferrari's product development process. Nearly 40,000 kilometers of closed course use were logged during the FXX research period.

Yet the FXX only proved a stepping stone to the most aggressive production Ferrari ever delivered to consumers: The FXX Evoluzione. Ferrari integrated everything it learned during the FXX project into the FXX Evoluzione. Never before was Ferrari's street car development so integrated with its competition department.

The second generation Evoluzione version is Ferrari's most advanced GT car ever, built with an 860 horsepower V12, a sequential gearbox that can perform shifts in just 60 milliseconds and a curb weight of just over 2,500 pounds. The FXX Evoluzione goes from zero to 60 in 2.8 seconds – an extraordinary, virtually unbeatable time.

Virtually no part of the FXX has been left untouched by the Evoluzione kit. Changes start in the engine bay, where the 6.3-liter V12 engine now develops a staggering 860 horsepower at 9500 rpm – 1000 rpm higher than before. Shifts are even faster at 60 milliseconds, versus 80 milliseconds for the old gearbox, and new gear ratios have been optimized for the new state of engine tune.

A new traction-control system also has been developed, which offers the driver on-the-fly adjustment through nine different settings, all controlled via a switch on the center console. The system was designed to be more responsive to individual driving style, allowing the car to adapt to the driver rather than vice versa. Ferrari says another advantage to the redesigned traction control, when paired with new front suspension geometry, is decreased tire wear. The Brembo brakes and Composite Ceramic Material discs have also been redesigned to double pad life.

The last big-ticket change is to the bodywork of the FXX. The Evoluzione kit adds a new rear diffuser and rear flaps, which increases aerodynamic efficiency by 25 percent as well as rear down-force – both good ideas on a car able to exceed 200 mph.

This car was auctioned off by RM Auctions in August of 2010 at the Portola Hotel & Spa and Monterey Conference Center, Monterey, California.

860 bhp, 6,262 cc twin overhead cam V12 engine, four valves per cylinder, Bosch Motronic ME 7 integrated digital electronic fuel injection, F1-type coiled sump lubrication, six-speed paddle-shift F1-style transmission, four-wheel independent front and rear suspension with wishbones, coil springs, anti-roll bar and telescopic dampers, carbon ceramic brakes with anti-lock. Wheelbase: 104.3".

Source: RM Auctions
Photo Credit: Copyright Khiem Pham

Gallery: Ferrari FXX Evolution