Ferrari 599XX at Valencia - Click above for high-res image gallery
It's been almost a year since the Ferrari 599XX made its debut at the Geneva Motor Show, and we've seen the factory-fettled racer quite a few times since. Each of those times has been either in a dealership or on a show floor, though, and the 599XX has yet to be seen running in anger. Until now.
Just ahead of Ferrari's test of their new Formula 1 car at the Ricardo Tormo circuit outside of Valencia, the 599XX turned its first wheel on-track with none other than Felipe Massa behind the wheel. Massa led a group of seven cars around the circuit, the others piloted by the lucky members of Ferrari's Corse Clienti program. Fortunately, we might just get to see the 599XX here in the States, as Ferrari has planned various events in America, Europe and Asia for their most special customers. We've included a video of the proceedings after the jump, along with Ferrari's brief press release, and you can check out photos from the 599XX's debut in the gallery below.
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Today Felipe Massa was the main protagonist on the last day of the Ferrari 599XX's activities with its debut on the track. The Brazilian driver, who will be busy as of tomorrow in the first official Formula 1 test session this season held at Valencia's Ricardo Tormo circuit, met the clients, who, by purchasing the non-homologated sports Berlinetta, planned exclusively to use on the track, participate in the exclusive programme bearing the same name. After several laps on board of the car Felipe said: "I really enjoyed testing this car, I think it's extremely powerful and has an exceptional stability. Considering that it has been planned for the track it's really easy to drive."
The clients showed great enthusiasm for the Ferrarista sharing the debut of this exceptional car: they now have a series of events ahead of them Ferrari will organise on race tracks in America, Europe and Asia, including the Finali Mondiali. Just like in Valencia on these occasions the cars will be taken care of by the team of official technicians, able to guarantee the necessary support and assistance.