Ferrari's 599XX may rarely leave the grounds of the company's Fiorano circuit, but when it does, something special is about to happen. This proved to be the case earlier, when the automaker sent its spec racer/test car to the legendary Nürburgring track. According to the company, the XX ran 'round the 'ring in less than 7 minutes, setting a new record for a "production-derived sports car."
Ferrari's test driver, Raffaele de Simone, hustled the 599XX around the grueling 12.94-mile course in 6:58:16. Although that may be impressive, it's important to note the 599XX isn't close to a street-legal vehicle. The car, based on the 599 GTB, is purpose-built for a unique race series, and features improved aerodynamics, racing slick tires, carbon ceramic brakes, and a gutted interior. Perhaps most important is the modified 6.0-liter V-12 underhood, which pumps out 700 horsepower, up from the GTB's 610.
We're more interested to see what Ferrari's latest 599 variant -- the 599 GTO -- can do around the 'Ring. The road-going car pulls a number of its upgrades from the 599XX, and extracts 660 horsepower from the V-12, allowing it to sprint from 0-62 mph in just 3.35 seconds. The 599 GTO recently lapped Fiorano faster than the legendary Enzo, so we know it's capable of great -- perhaps even amazing -- feats.
To watch the 599XX blaze its way around the Green Hell, click here.