Google exec wins Ferrari 599 XX Evo at charity auction for quake victims

Article by Anita Panait, on September 13, 2012

Ferrari President Luca di Montezemolo has turned over a special edition Ferrari 599 XX Evo to Benjamin Sloss, an executive at Google, in Monza, Italy. The turnover, which entailed handing over of the keys to Sloss, was the result of a recent charity auction to raise funds for families affected by the earthquake that shook the Emilia Romagna region in May 2012.

The 599 XX Evo was the star item of the auction that also featured other Ferrari vehicles. Sloss eventually won the auction for the 599 XX Evo after bidding EUR1.4 million, all of which will go to charity. Tagging along the ceremonial turnover were Sloss’ wife Christine and Ferrari Scuderia drivers Fernando Alonso and Felipe Massa.

In addition to the Ferrari 599 XX Evo, Sloss also received an additional souvenir in form of a photo taken outside the team motorhome, alongside the Ferrari men. According to Sloss, he is thrilled with the event and is extremely happy to have contributed to the cause. Sloss remarked that he decided to participate in the charity event after hearing of the disaster that shook Italy, with hopes of helping with the reconstruction plans.

Ferrari 599XX is known to be the “extreme track car”. Why? Well, for starters, it is based on the Ferrari 599 GTB Fiorano and comes with the same transaxle layout and engine type. Together with reduced internal attrition and maximum revs of 9,000 rpm, modified engine combustion chambers and inlet and exhaust tracts work together to achieve the target power output of 700 horsepower at 9,000 rpm.

Optimizing forms, like that on the new crankshaft, and adopting exclusive materials, like carbon-fiber used on its intake plenums, help reduce weight for engine unit components. The overall gearchange time has also been reduced to 60 ms thanks to the new gearbox shift strategy.

599XX features a “High Performance Dynamic Concept”, an innovative electronic concept that taps on the car’s mechanical limits and combines it with the potential of its electronic controls to achieve maximum performance. These mechanical and electronic systems are conditioned so that maximum performance is achievable for consistent lap times, under extreme high performance driving.

A second generation SCM suspension system also works to improve the sporty handling. The Ferrari 599XX also features a new “virtual car engineer” which is basically a screen that provides real-time indication of the efficiency of the car, making track usage easier.

To perfect the aerodynamics, the Ferrari 599XX underwent several wind tunnel test sessions resulting to 280 kg of downforce at 200 km/h (630 kg at 300 km/h). Superb, right? The vents that act as an exhaust for hot air from the engine bay are now found on the bonnet while the front underside of the Ferrari 599XX’s body is now completely faired-in.

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