Ferrari FXX K Debuts in Abu Dhabi with 1035 HP

The track-only version of the LaFerrari.

There's now an even wilder version of the Ferrari LaFerrari. Revealed in Abu Dhabi, the Ferrari FXX K is a track-only version of the LaFerrari that will be offered exclusively to Ferrari's "Client-Test Drivers" over the next two years.

The K in the new car's name stands for KERS, or Kinetic Energy Recovery System. Like the LaFerrari on which it is based, the Ferrari FXX K combines a V-12 engine with an electric motor to increase performance. Specifically, the 6.2-liter engine provides 848 hp at 9,200 rpm and 553 lb-ft of torque at 6,500 rpm, while the electric motor offers 188 hp. Those figures all exceed the outputs of a standard LaFerrari, which produces a combined output of 950 hp.

Compared to the normal LaFerrari, the FXX K's V-12 engine has new camshafts with mechanical (rather than hydraulic) lifters, specially polished intake manifolds, and a new exhaust that lacks any mufflers. The electric motor and lithium-ion battery now have four modes operable from the Manettino control on the center console: Qualify delivers maximum performance for a shorter period of time, Long Run ensures consistent performance for longer periods of time, Fast Charge rejuvenates the battery more quickly, and Manual Boost provides, "instant maximum torque delivery."

The Ferrari FXX K also improves on the aerodynamics of the LaFerrari, with a racing-inspired front splitter, an enormous rear diffuser, and an unusual split rear wing. Along with a few other aero add-ons, the Ferrari FXX K produces as much as 1,190 pounds of downforce at 124 mph.

Beneath the car, Brembo carbon ceramic brakes bring the car to a halt, while Pirelli racing slick tires have sensors to measure acceleration, temperature and pressure, allowing the traction control system to constantly analyze grip levels. Other electronic aids include an E-Diff electronically controlled rear differential, Racing Side Slip Angle Control, and a high-performance ABS. The cabin boasts racing seats with harnesses, race-style toggle switches and controls on the center stack, and abundant exposed carbon fiber.

AUTOMOBILE European bureau chief Georg Kacher predicted earlier this year that a high-performance, McLaren P1 GTR-rivaling LaFerrari would debut. He also reported that a LaFerrari Spider, limited to just 50 cars, will appear next year, but so far Maranello hasn't shown that car. Ferrari hasn't yet divulged pricing or sales information on the FXX K, but Kacher's information suggests only 30 units will be built.

As with the previous Ferrari FXX, which was based on the Ferrari Enzo, the FXX K is really a rolling research laboratory for Ferrari; the exclusive list of drivers able to buy the car can only get behind the wheel on certain race tracks as part of a test program for the company.

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