Automakers never cease to amaze; just when you thought you had seen it all, they come up with even more wild innovations. This is particularly true for the master of track racing, Ferrari. The current Ferrari FXX-K is one extreme car and it is difficult to figure it getting more extreme but trust Ferrari to find ways of making it even better. The automaker has revealed a more hardcore iteration of the track brute dubbed 2018 Ferrari FXX-K Evo (Evoluzione). Ferrari has developed an evolution package for the model which makes it even more extreme. The package will be available to current FXX K models but will also be incorporated into the new FXX-K models that will be developed in limited numbers. The new models will go by the FXX-K Evo designation. Ferrari unveiled the model at this year’s Finali Mondiali held at the Mugello circuit in native Italy. The Finali Mondiali is a Ferrari event that marks the end of the track-racing season.
Super expensive track-racer you cannot drive in a real race
The FXX-K is based on the LaFerrari supercar but unlike the LaFerrari, the FXX-K cannot compete in actual races. Ferrari produces XX models as prototypes; design studies of future automotive engineering. Buyers of the model are treated as “supercar enthusiasts” who are willing to take part in the innovative engineering projects by offering their experiences derived from driving the development mules. Due to this, Ferrari designs the FXX-K without any limitations as the automaker does not have to conform to any regulations. Ferrari, however, compensates the lack of competitive races by arranging its own racing events. In 2018 alone, Ferrari has planned nine racetrack events for FXX-K and FXX-K Evo owners.
What does the Evo package offer?
The Evo package is an embodiment of the knowledge Ferrari has derived from its various racing programs including Formula 1, GTE, GT3 and Challenge one-make series. The 2018 Ferrari FXX-K Evo features most of the exterior and interior design cues of the current FXX-K.
Designers of the new Evo package focused on improving aerodynamics and curb weight. Despite the extra aero elements added, engineers managed to reduce the model’s weight making it lighter than the FXX-K; Ferrari has however not released details about the actual weight loss but disclosed that weight distribution is biased towards the rear with a 41/59 front-to-rear split.
In terms of aerodynamics, the package has enhanced the model’s downforce to a level close to that of a GT3 racer; it has a rating of 1,410 lbs of downforce at a speed of 124 mph and can reach a high of 1,830 lbs when the model is running at its maximum speed. The enhanced downforce is courtesy of a twin-profile fixed rear wing. The wing works in harmony with the active rear spoiler that is already mounted on the FXX-K. There is also a new central fin offered as part of the Evo package. The front bumper has also been tweaked to support the increased downforce. The underbody too has also been revised to adapt to the improved aero features. Suspension (front double wishbones and rear multi-link units) has also been recalibrated.
There are also new air intakes for the front brakes; the units are narrower but more efficient due to a better design of the intakes themselves. The brakes are carbon-ceramic units sourced from Brembo; the front discs of the units span 15.6 inches. The package also adds Pirelli P Zero rubber (285/650R19 in front and 345/725R20 at the rear).
At the current output of 1,035 hp, Ferrari did not see any need to improve the model’s power. Therefore the drive-train carries over from the FXX-K unchanged. The model is powered by a V-12-based hybrid drive-train. The drive-train also uses the same 7-speed dual-clutch transmission system as the FXX-K.
The cabin features few changes; among the new changes is a new steering wheel with new driving mode selector that enables the driver to exercise greater control of the hybrid power-train. The cabin also features a larger rear-view display. This screen also displays data from the model’s new telemetry system in a clearer manner.
How much does 2018 Ferrari FXX-K Evo cost?
Ferrari does not usually disclose how much buyers pay for these types of cars but rumor has it that owners of the FXX-K paid over $3 million. This is quite a considerable price to pay for a car that one doesn’t even take home as Ferrari retains them for maintenance and storage only releasing them to buyers during racing events. The Evo will definitely be more expensive. Despite this, all 40 FXX-K models produced were sold out. Ferrari has not also said how many units will be produced for the FXX-K Evo but I believe the number won’t exceed 40 (both new cars plus upgrade packages).