• Feb 3, 2010
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.



[Source: Ferrari]



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PRESS RELEASE

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.


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      • 4 Years Ago
      Man. Seeing them rolling really drives home how freaking close to the ground those things are.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I didn't know scenes of pure love-making were allowed on autoblog....oh well. Such beauty and shear performance has never seemed so pure.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Please throw a wing on the back and race it in GT1, it's time to put the MC12 to bed already.
      • 4 Years Ago
      For those griping about the 599's design, I invite you to trace its design lineage... visit http://officialmdub.wordpress.com/2010/02/04/xx-rated-career/

      Comparing a 599 to a Lexus LF-A or Mazda anything is not worth dignifying.

      I do agree, Felipe Massa didn't appear particularly impressed with the car; perhaps because he couldn't see over the steering wheel. I'd be happy to just see one of these in action. Absolutely beautiful car.
        invisiblepigeon3
        • 4 Years Ago
        Thanks for proving yourself incorrect by showing that link. The 599 looks deformed and plastic compared to the 575, and all the other beautiful cars it traces its lineage from. The 599 and 458 are the worst looking, computer styled Ferrari's ever.

        And you're right. Comparing the LFA to the 599 doesn't need to be dignified. The LFA is way out of the Ferrari's league. The LFA is in the same class as the SLR and the Aston Martin One77. Those are all carbon fiber, front/mid transaxle cars. The 599 is a derivitive aluminum chassis car.

        It's a respectable performer, but it's not a hypercar, halo car like the Enzo was. Hopefully Ferrari will rectify their horrible design mistakes with their next series of cars, but that'll be almost a decade off. Hopefully their 70th anniverssary car will look good. I doubt it though, since they seem to have replaced their designers with computers.
      • 4 Years Ago
      This is truly one of the all-time great cars. I love every line on the car, the sound it produces, and the way it drives (supposedly since I've never actually driven one and would probably be too busy wetting myself with excitement to do so).

      A truly stunning automobile and one of the crowning achievements for Ferrari.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Nice but no thanks. I'll wait for the XXX version. THAT one will be sexy...
      • 4 Years Ago
      Why do people keeping putting crappy music in videos? These are Ferrari's that would sound amazing if it weren't for the horrible soundtrack.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Felipe is such a tool. What kind of guy has to fake a smile when driving a 599XX. I would love to punch him or maybe just beat the crap out of him and take his place in the 599XX. Ya that would be best.
        invisiblepigeon3
        • 4 Years Ago
        The car has a forced looking smile too.

        They really blew it with the styling of the 575 successory... Even the XX looks like a psycho grinning car. How can Ferrari go so wrong so fast? 430 gorgeous sex machine to 458 puke styling and 575 elegance to 599 hurl everywhere crack smoking smile.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Anger issues/jealousy - you has it.

        Get some professional help, dude.
      • 4 Years Ago
      the main 599 picture makes it look happier than any mazda.
      and oddly reminds me of Mr. Mime from pokemon...
      But hot damn is that car incredible.
        invisiblepigeon3
        • 4 Years Ago
        Can't really argue with the performance or the mechanical aspects of the car, but how did they go from the 575 and the 430 to the hideous 599 and 458? I thought styling was supposed to get better with new technology, not worse!
      • 4 Years Ago
      The 599XX is probably the best looking Ferrari ever.
      It is much better looking than the Italia.
        • 4 Years Ago
        I'd agree with the "better than 458" bit.

        But best ferrari ever, hardly.

        Not with those odd little winglets.

        Why not just flare out the buttresses, and use them to channel air toward the rear spoiler?

        Oh, and this car BEGS for a bare clear-coated carbon fiber roof panel between the roof side rails.
        • 4 Years Ago
        @freshseth83

        Stop it. Just stop it.
        • 4 Years Ago
        i think its funny that people say this is the best looking ferrari, but then say the LFA looks stupid. Look at the front of this and the air intakes then look at the LFA. They are almost the same. The ferrari's body is a little different but the front bumper is almost the same save for the additional air intake on the LFA that people think is a hood gap. But this is the best ferrari there is right now. I would take this one over all of them. I have been waiting for them to make the 599 more sporty or more exotic. This is it. And this will lead to the 599 GTO or whatever they choose to call it. Can't wait
        • 4 Years Ago
        @john- stop what? saying that the front bumper of the LFA and the Ferrari share a similar look? That's a fact buddy, the edges of the ferrari are angled differently but they are close. I didn't say they look the same but they are shapped the same. I'm sorry the LFA looks the same as the 599 on the front bumper but it's noted elsewhere too, not just by me. I like both cars so there isnt a comparison going on by me just stating that before you crack on the LFA look at the 599's bumper
        invisiblepigeon3
        • 4 Years Ago
        Ray and John, go cram it up sideways with walnuts. The Lexus doesn't have the "soul" of this glorified Fiat? This is seriously the worst looking Ferrari EVER.

        The 599 is hideous by comparison to the 575 Maranello that it replaces, and it's hideous compared to the LFA. There is no comparison between the 599 and the LFA, as the 599 is a much lower tech car. It's got an aluminum body, and consequently, the car's looks can't be as naturally sharp as the LFA's.

        The LFA is not in the same category as people's beloved Ferrari, since Ferrari currently doesn't make a carbon fiber car. The only thing on the market that's similar to the LFA, now that the SLR is dead, is the One77 and that's almost 2 million dollars. The LFA is very competitively priced at under 500K, considering all that went into making it.

        The Ferrari 599 is mostly derivitive technology, and not a ground up car. So it's going to be able to undercut a ground up competitor.

        Idiots will praise whatever ugly ass dog Ferrari sticks a prancing horse on, and it shows, however. There's something to be said about Italian soul and passion. The 599 and 458 are both wind tunnel styled, and not beautiful cars like the 575 and 430 they replaced. From a design standpoint, the 599 and 458 are just about the worst looking Ferrari's ever released, and I'm sure this will go down as a dark time for Ferrari design history.

        The 599 is a mechanically respectable car, if not the best quality and durability, but to say it's got more soul just because it breaks down and the AC doesn't work worth a damn, isn't really smart. Neither is saying that it's got so much soul because it's got a prancing horse on the front.

        People are fanboys and idiots who know nothing about cars or anything mechanical for that matter, and they'll prise brands, which is pathetic. But hey, go ahead and downrate me because I think your beloved 599 looks like a crack smoking bug eyed fish.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Why is the music so loud and annoying? I want to hear the cars! What are you trying to sell here? Teslas?
        • 4 Years Ago
        Completely agree with you, music was too loud. I would have settled for just a simple non music version of Massa (or anyone) romping it through the track for one and a half laps.
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