The Ferrari 599 has been the focus of some discussion recently – the GTO version that was recently announced has already sold out, and now the 599XX has set a new lap record at the famous German racetrack, the Nurburgring.
In fact Ferrari says it is the first production-derived sports to break the seven minute barrier at the 20.832km Nordschleife circuit – it completed the lap in just 6 minutes 58.16 seconds.
There is always a niggling fear that awesome supercars could prove to be all style and no substance, but this result should dispel that. Although only 29 examples of the £1.2m supercar will be made, it was the inspiration for the 599 GTO and lots of the technology will filter down to the road-going car.
This technology includes something called 'wheel doughnuts', which are apparently derived from the F1 car, and serve to reduce turbulence and drag, and increase brake cooling.
The XX is powered by a development of a V12 engine that Ferrari uses in the 599 GTB Fiorano, and as it took it around the 'ring in an average speed in excess of 110mph, it seems to work rather well.