This weekend at the Finali Mondiali event at the Mugello Circuit in Italy, Ferrari finally took the covers off the FXX K Evo, after making an announcement earlier this week. Similar with the FXX Evo and the 599 XX Evo, the Maranello-based machine will be compatible with the 40 cars of the standard FXX K that currently exist. But this will not just be available as a package, but will also be offered as an “extremely limited-run model”. Even after the reveal, the automaker does not say how many examples will be made.
The track-only FXX K Evo’s main features are the upgraded aerodynamic body and the fact that this helps with the car’s weight loss. The package includes a fixed twin-profile rear wing complemented by two side fins and a central fin. Everything that has been done on the outside to boost aero was made possible by computational fluid dynamics (CFD) simulations that took place for over a year. This was done to help the FXX K Evo produce more downforce like that of cars that race in GT3 and GTE championships.
To be more specific, the FXX K Evo now has 23 percent more downforce compared to the standard model. That is equivalent to 75 percent more than the road-going LaFerrari, which it is based on. It generates as much as 640 kilograms of downforce when running at 124 miles per hour (200 kilometers per hour), and as much as 830 kilos of downforce at maximum speed.
All these performance upgrades did not just come from the new aerodynamics. The FXX K Evo’s body is actually much sleeker after the front and the rear bumpers had been resculpted, while the suspension had been tailored to the more aerodynamically efficient body. With all the new changes, the Evo now weighs less than the standard model, where the latter weighs 1,165 kilos (2,568 pounds).
An F1-derived built in gear shit paddle that is paired with a new steering wheel is now found in the Evo’s cabin. This features controls for using the kinetic energy recovery system (KERS). There is also a 6.5 inch display that replaces the original screen that acts as a monitor for the rear camera. Instead, the new display features a telemetry system that includes KERS status.
After about 5,000 kilometers of development runs, and 15,000 kilometers of tests, the FXX K Evo is what Ferrari has come up with. Under the hood is a 860 horsepower V12 engine with 750 Newton metres of torque. The engine works with an electric motor that produces another 190 horsepower. Therefore, it produces a total of 1,050 horsepower and 900 Nm of torque.
Future owners of the FXX K Evo will have the privilege to drive the car during the 2018/19 season that will be held on nine tracks.