2015 Ferrari FXX K front 3/4 view

2015 Ferrari FXX K is a Loonier LaFerrari

Despite being saddled with a name so pretentious that even fixxie-riding, scarf-wearing Portlandians refer to it as a certain type of feminine hygiene product, the Ferrari LaFerrari is an incredible machine. While not the only hybrid hypercar game in town (The McLaren P1 and Porsche 918 Spyder have made sure of that.), the successor to the mighty Enzo does pack the biggest and most potent gas engine of the bunch and, one could argue, the most classically-beautiful styling. But McLaren recently announced plans to one up Ferrari by offering the P1 GTR, a track car version of its high-speed hybrid. Surely the folks in Maranello aren’t going to take this challenge lying down…

2015 Ferrari FXX K side view

As it turns out, no, they are not. The company is using its end-of-the-year celebration at the Yas Marina Circuit in Abu Dhabi this weekend to premiere the Ferrari FXX K, an extreme, track-only evolution of the LaFerrari. Why the K in the name? That would be for KERS (kinetic energy recovery system), conceptually similar to what you’ll find in a modern Formula 1 car. The output of the electric motor has been pushed up to 187 horsepower (compared to 160 in the LaFerrari), while the howling 6.3L V12 with which it shares a 7-speed dual-clutch transaxle now generates 848 horsepower (versus the LaFerrari’s 789). Do the math and you should come up with a combined figure of 1,035 horsepower which, in addition to being worthy of a padded room and straitjacket, is the same total Ferrari got.

2015 Ferrari FXX K rear 3/4 view

Of course, all that additional muscolo wouldn’t be terribly useful if you can’t put it to the pavement, which is why Ferrari has given the FXX K’s aerodynamics a complete overhaul relative to those of its street legal sister. A double-deck front splitter, bigger rear diffuser, a pop-up rear spoiler that rises 2.4” higher when fully deployed and tailfin-mounted fixed winglets highlight the list of downforce-adding revisions, while a set of Pirelli racing slicks and a reprogrammed array of electronic driver aids will provide significant boosts in mechanical grip and stability.

Now for the bad news: The Ferrari FXX K is almost certainly already sold out, but even if it isn’t, it’s probably only offered to the company’s best customers at a price tag reaching deep into seven-figures. Worse still, it will only be useable on a racetrack during the Ferrari-organized meets set to be run at circuits around the world, meaning that a direct head-to-head battle between it and a P1 GTR (or anything else not wearing a Prancing Horse badge) ain’t happening, chief; maybe you’ll be able to make it happen in a video game someday, but we wouldn’t put money on it. Oh well…

Source: Ferrari