When you own one of the few Ferrari FXX K’s in the world, you get to do things that other people only dream of. One of those things, for example, would be taking your 1,035hp hypercar out to the famous banked corners of Daytona and letting the $2.7 million track-only beast stretch its legs up over 200mph. That’s exactly what a small handful of extremely fortunate individuals did at the 2016 Ferrari World Finals, held for the first time at the Daytona International Speedway.
The Ferrari World Finals is the ultimate gathering for enthusiasts of the brand and consists of the championship races for the Ferrari Challenge series, Coppa Shell, and Trofeo Pirelli drivers. Other major highlights from the event include the Scuderia Ferrari Formula One show which brings out current drivers for demonstrations of hot laps, accelerations runs, and pit stops. They also have the historic F1 cars on display that get taken out for a few laps.
Then, of course, we have Ferrari’s exclusive FXX Program that gets it’s own allotment of track time. This is when the very small club of XX owners are allowed to take their cars out on the track and have some fun. All of the XX cars are stupid fast and I can imagine are ridiculously fun to drive, but there’s obviously something special about that FXX K. This thing is about as close as you can get to being an actual Formula One car, or maybe a Le Mans type car is a better analogy. And we now know the FXX Myth was debunked that you can take your car home with you!
One of the people in attendance at the event installed his GoPro in one of the FXX K’s for a full 8-minute session on the track, and luckily it was with an experienced driver so it really shows you how the car was meant to be driven. The first thing you’ll notice, aside from the intoxicating sound coming from the 6.3L V12, is the interior, or lack there of. It’s definitely an immediate reminder that this is not your ordinary Ferrari. The instrument panel to the right of the driver has all sorts of nobs and buttons that won’t be found in your standard prancing pony car, that’s for sure.
The audio is really fantastic because the GoPro is mounted right up close to where the engine which makes it seem incredibly loud in the cockpit. That makes it even more enticing because when you combine the neck snapping acceleration this car is capable of with that sound it makes, it’s an overload for the senses.
As maybe some of you know, I recently had my first real in-depth experience with a Ferrari. And while I’ve always had the highest level of respect for the brand as a whole and the heritage behind it, I wasn’t always the biggest Ferrari fan (if I’m honest I was always more of a Lamborghini guy). But after being in one, I must admit I’ve found myself reevaluating my whole stance on that. The reason I say this is I now look at the cars in a different light and when I hear this FXX K pull away from the pits and that V12 screams to life, a chill runs down my spine.