The Ferrari 599XX has become the first ever production-derived sports car to break the 7-minute barrier on the classic NÃ¼rburgring Nordschleife 20.832 km circuit, lapping in a time of 6 min 58.16 sec.
The new record was set on 21 April 2010 with Ferrari road car test driver Raffaele de Simone behind the wheel, beating a time of 6 minutes 58.5 seconds set by German Touring Car Driver Florian Gruber in another Ferrari 599XX. These times are both faster than Ferrari 312T Formula One car driven by Niki Lauda in a time of 6 minutes 58.6 seconds that put the Austrian legend on pole position for the 1975 Grand Prix , the best ever time for an F1 car on the NÃ¼rburgring Nordschleife circuit.
With 154 corners, notorious sections such as Flugplatz, Berwerk and Caracciola Karussell, the NÃ¼rburgring Nordschleife plunges through the pine forests of the Eifel Mountains, providing drivers with few reference points and leading Sir Jackie Stewart to christen the track ‘the green hell’ and that he would never do more laps than were absolutely necessary. It remains the ultimate test of a car’s all-round performance ability and, unlike most race tracks, the track produces cars that also perform well on the road. As the home of German motorsport and an international legend, Ferrari have long used the track for racing and testing. It is, therefore a Mecca for Ferrari fans, as shown by the fact that a Ferrari Store was opened at the track in 2009.
The 599XX, which inspired the 599 GTO, is an extreme berlinetta designed for track but not official competition use, and is a veritable technological laboratory incorporating a number of innovative solutions. Some of these will remain the exclusive preserve of the 599XX while others have already filtered down to the 599 GTO, introduced at the Beijing Motor Show. These include the wheel doughnuts derived from F1 which serve two purposes – to reduce turbulence and thus drag, and improve brake cooling.
Powered by a development of the V12 engine used by the 599 GTB Fiorano, the 599XX features Ferrari’s High-Performance Dynamic Concept, a novel integrated design and chassis set-up that uses sophisticated electronics to govern the mechanical limits of the handling for maximum performance.
On the aerodynamics front, the car sees the introduction for the first time of the Actiflowâ„¢ System that increases downforce and/or cuts drag depending on the car’s trim during cornering. This, together with other careful detailing, ensures that the 599XX boasts extraordinary levels of downforce – up to 630 kg at 300 km/h.
Fundamental to the performance of the car was the development of specific components undertaken together with our technical partners: Brembo for the carbon-ceramic brakes, Michelin for the tyres and Shell for the fuel and lubricants.