Just days before the LaFerrari has its global media launch a rumour has emerged that a track-only LaFerrari XX has lapped the Nürburgring in 6 minutes 35 seconds.
In case you were wondering, that’s a bloody quick lap time. There’s still a way to go, but we’re getting ever closer to Stefan Bellof’s 6:11 benchmark.
So what is this LaFerrari XX? Word of the even more extreme LaFerrari came earlier this month when Antonello Coletta, head of Ferrari’s Sporting Activity Department, confirmed with Drive.com.au: “We are working on the new hypercar for the circuit, the LaFerrari XX. I hope that the new car will arrive on the circuit in January or February of next year.”
Like the 599XX before it—itself a sub-7 minute Ring hero—the hybrid XX will be track-only and in some ways that renders its Nürburgring lap time irrelevant. Except it doesn’t, not to us anyway, because anything that lap the Ring well under seven minutes deserves repsect and attention. No matter what it is, no matter who can or can’t buy it.
The LaFerrari already has prodigious stats—708kW/900Nm—thanks to its 6.3 litre V12 (588kW) and HY-KERS unit (120kW). So what has Ferrari got up its sleeve for the XX version?
“It is very hard to make a car more fast than a LaFerrari but this is the challenge,” Antonello Coletta added.
“It will be more or less the same but it will be completely different the handling, because it’s normal that the handling is different for the circuit and the road.
“The power is a lot; enough! It is very hard to improve the power. The difference will be the slick tyres, the aerodynamics, the electronics, the suspension, the shock absorbers.”