Although today we’re spoiled with choice when it comes to super and hypercars, just ten years ago there really weren’t that many of them around. When the legendary Ferrari Enzo came out in 2002, we all thought no one would be able to top it, NOT in a million years. Just two years later though, Ferrari managed to outdo themselves with the FXX. Essentially a racing version of the Enzo, it was too fast and too powerful to enter into any official racing championships such as GT3 racing. So, what did Ferrari do? Naturally, they created their own racing series consisting purely of FXX cars and only limited to actual FXX owners. Talk about an exclusive club membership.
The FXX carries the same engine from the Enzo, but it’s been slightly modified. The V12’s displacement was upped to 6.2 litres and the power output was boosted to 670 horsepower. The 6-speed semi-auto gearbox employed technologies from Ferrari’s F1 program and is able to shift in less than 100 ms. It was also one of the first cars to use Carbon fibre-reinforced Silicon Carbide ceramic brakes.
You think this would be enough for most people and certainly most car manufacturers. This is Ferrari however, so of course, that wasn’t enough. A couple of years later Ferrari launched the FXX Evoluzione, and they continued to constantly upgrade and tweak the FXX to the point of ridiculous proportions. The end result was a car with 850 horsepower, less aerodynamic drag and a gearbox that can shift in 60 ms.
The Ferrari FXX Evo’s main competition was the famous Zonda R. Ferrari and Zonda have had this rivalry for quite a while. They’re both Italian, employ gorgeous car design, and use similar layouts. Both of their flagships feature a mid-engine rear-wheel drive layout and both use V12 engines as means of propulsion. It’s only natural that some sort of rivalry will come out of such close competitors. Luckily for us, the viewers, the fact that both companies push each other’s button means we get to see more spectacular cars like the FXX Evo
Today, Ferrari FXX Evo is replaced by the FXX K Evo. It’s a newer model based on the Ferrari LaFerrari and uses a bigger 6.3-litre V12, as well as additional electric motors to fill in the torque gap. It’s got a lot more aerodynamic grip and well over 1,000 horsepower, so naturally, it’s faster too.
Ferrari still runs events with the FXX Evo and the FXX K Evo simultaneously, proving they haven’t forgotten their previous models. Although the new car is better in every measurable way, there’s just something about the original that makes us want it more. Call it the X-factor if you will. It’s just a little bit more special and dearer to our hearts.