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Ferrari turns up the downforce with the FXX-K Evo

Written by: Neil

Ferrari’s FXX-K is the kind of car many of us here in the Petrol News office would have on our bedroom wall if our other halves would allow it.

With 1,036bhp produced by a 6.3-litre V12 and lines that’ll take your eye out, it’s an outrageous hypercar that’s worthy of being on any dream car list.

Ferrari clearly didn’t think it went far enough though and has introduced a harder version: the FXX-K Evo.

The car will be available as an extremely limited-run model and as an upgrade package for the existing XX cars. Only 40 will ever be built and none of them will be road legal, so don’t expect to see one roaring down your street, ever.

Aside from its 1,000bhp-plus power output, the Evo also produces 900Nm of torque. The car’s V12 pumps out just under 850bhp, while an electric motor provides a hearty boost with another 187bhp. All this power is fired through a seven-speed F1 dual-clutch gearbox straight to 20-inch 345-section rear wheels (it has 19s at the front in case you were wondering).

Performance figures are a secret for now, but considering the regular FXX-K can blast off to 60mph in 2.7 seconds and will continue picking up speed until it hits 217mph, we’d expect the Evo to be just as crazy.

Its power is sure impressive, but the dark art of downforce is the FXX-K Evo’s real trump card. At 124mph, it produces 640kg of downforce, which shoot up to more than 830kg when the car reaches its currently undisclosed top speed.

So upgraded is its downforce that it packs 23 per cent more than with the FXX K and 75 per cent more than the LaFerrari on which it is based.

How is this possible? Well, it’s partly down to a twin-profile fixed wing on the tail, which was developed to work with the active rear spoiler. The pressure fields developed by the two downforce-generating systems support and amplify each other. To strike excellent downforce and drag, the mobile spoiler’s control logics and range of movement were also meticulously reviewed and reprogrammed.

Stephen Hasley, brand manager at Petrol News, comments: “It’s crazy to think that Ferrari thought the FXX-K could be improved, but that’s exactly what they’ve done with the Evo.”

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