Fahrradi Farfalla FFX: a pedal-powered Ferrari FXX replica

Article by Christian A., on May 11, 2012

Does pedaling a bicycle that looks like an exotic Ferrari sound good to you? It’s an idea that’s so ridiculous that it could actually work. Dubbed the Fahrradi Farfalla FFX, this bicycle will definitely get you noticed as you go across town very slowly. Its name is derived from the German word for bicycle, Fahrrad, and is built using light tubes and adhesive connections.

Its body uses an aluminum frame. According to the designer Johannes Langeder, this vehicle has been tested to get through real traffic. Among the benefits he pointed out are its “sonorous motor noise” and its ability to move with the “weightless elegance of a butterfly.” It has yet to be confirmed though if the Fahrradi Farfalla FFX will be built for customers. 

"The shamanic disguises that the artist likes to make use of, however, come entirely from our media world, such as when he drives his silent vehicle on famous racetracks wearing golden Rolex watches on both wrists like Burt Reynolds in The Cannonball Run. Ironically playing with roles and identities is a characteristic of Johannes Langeder's artistic practice. The high culture counterpart to the popular film figure was the role of the star conductor in a tuxedo, who began conducting the Linzer Philharmonie in 2000, an orchestra made up of a few trained musicians and many, less talented actors, from which he nevertheless demanded sophisticated achievements." said the press release.

Ferrari has created a first of its kind technical collaboration program within the boundaries of the Ferrari FXX prototype that aims to serve its most passionate and dedicated clients.

Ferrari FXX is the most innovative GT ever made at Maranello and it aims to collaborate with Ferrari's most valued customers as distinct test drivers of the Ferrari in their own right. The enormous amount of data and experience accumulated in the course of this exceptional program will be valuable indeed.

The feedback from the advance-skilled, non-pro client test drivers will be matched and accompanied with suggestions from Rubens Barrichello and Michael Schumacher, two of Ferrari’s top professional test drivers.

Each client who registers for the Ferrari FXX program by buying one of at least 20 cars that are being manufactured, will in fact be joining Team Ferrari, and his driving experience will be monitored closely by Ferrari’s in-house specialists and technicians.

The Ferrari FXX is the result of Ferrari’s expertise in creating limited-series sports vehicles combined with its experience on the race track. It will introduce the basic structure on which the particulars of future special models will be worked out. The extremely powerful FXX provides a world-class performance on all aspects.

Prancing Horse’s FXX has not been intentionally made for road use and therefore will not be something that will be used for competition. It will be primarily used on the track as a model made for research purposes and for the current project of the Ferrari using its first generation of client test drivers.

Powered by a whopping 6,262 cc V12 engine that can push the car at 800 hp at 8,500 rpm, the Ferrari FXX is indeed strong. Its gearbox is the output of F1 strategies transfer, giving gear change times 100 ms or below. This is at least as fast as the single-seaters of the F1, that surely represent the peak of the latest technological achievements.

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