Porsche 911s and Nissan GT-Rs and Corvette ZR1s are very nice cars and quite quick around the Nürburgring Nordschleife. But they must bow before the new king of the 'Ring, the Ferrari 599XX.
The 700-horsepower über-Ferrari is the first-ever production-derived sports car to break the 7-minute barrier at the classic 20.832 kilometer Nordschleife (North Loop), a benchmark of automotive performance. The 599XX lapped the track in an astonishing 6 minutes, 58.16 seconds. That’s almost half-a-minute faster than the mighty Ferrari Enzo.
Of course, to call the 599XX “production-derived” is to stretch the definition almost to the breaking point. The 599XX is a carbon-bodied rocket packed with technology derived from Ferrari’s Formula 1 program. It’s strictly for the track and shares little in common with the 599 GTB Fiorano beyond the name and general shape.
Still, it is an impressive bit of kit and the inspiration for the Ferrari 599 GTO, and we’ve got more pictures and in-car video from the lap. It’s after the jump. Enjoy.
Photos and videos courtesy Ferrari
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We are not worthy. We are not worthy.
Warning: Objects in mirror are closer — and faster — than they appear.
This is the view most drivers have of the 599XX.