An outfit like Ferrari keeps a tight product portfolio. Four model lines in all, when it comes down to production models. Even with the various derivatives that follow, that still doesn't amount to a large number of new debuts from year to year. But as a racing team first and an automaker second, it rolls out a new vehicle at least once a year. What falls between, then, bridges the gap.

What comes in between a road car and an F1 car, you ask? With a rapidly escalation level of crossover in technologies, less and less. But the narrow territory we're talking about is the XX development program – what Ferrari terms as their elite cadre of "client development drivers." That is, the customers who are willing to shell out big bucks – and we do mean big bucks – to test out the latest technological developments on the path from F1 cars to road cars.

The program initially launched with the FXX, an Enzo-based track car that was neither homologated for any racing series nor certified for road use (save a handful of well-heeled customers in some small countries where cash can overcome regulation). That was later improved upon with the FXX Evoluzione, an upgrade offered to existing owners/participants in the program. That, in turn, was succeeded by the 599XX, which has now led, somewhat expectedly, to the 599XX Evoluzione.

For another €185,000 (about $250k) over the €1.3 million ($1.75m) purchase price of the initial 599XX – existing buyers-in to the program can opt to upgrade to the Evoluzione model. That includes a two-year extension of factory-backed "test sessions", as well as a number of upgrades that center primarily around the aerodynamics package. Aside from the giant front splitter that juts out from the nose, you might notice a rear wing that would make a jumbo-jet blush. But it's not just a big spoiler: it's an adaptive one, too. Like the DRS mechanism employed in Formula One, the FXX Evo's rear wing can be opened up for reduced drag on straightaways or closed for increased downforce in the corners.

Coupled with an incidental 30-horsepower increase in output from the 6.0-liter V12 (for 740hp total), the 599XX Evoluzione can now lap Ferrari's private Fiorano test track in 1:15 – a full second faster than the existing 599XX... or nine seconds ahead of the 599 GTO, the fasted street-legal version of the same road-going GT. But with only 29 examples in existence – the first of which was just unveiled for the first time at the Bologna Motor Show – we'll just have to wait for the adaptive aero bits to trickle down to the rest of us. Details in the press release after the jump.
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Ferrari World Premiere for the Bologna Motor Show
The 599XX with new evolution package

Bologna, 30 November – The 36th edition of the Bologna Motor Show provides the venue for the unveiling of an evolution of the extreme, non-homologated sports berlinetta, the 599XX. Ferrari has introduced a package of performance-enhancing technical features available to clients participating in the track-based research and development programme for the 2012-2013 seasons.

Already the fruit of the very finest Ferrari road car and Formula 1-derived technology, the 599XX now features improved chassis dynamics thanks to an active aerodynamic package integrated with the vehicles' electronic control systems, and the adoption of new Pirelli tyres. The car is also more powerful than before (750 CV) and weighs 35 kg less.

The key to the aero package is the active rear wing design which represents a new aerodynamic concept called 'opening gap'. The wing features two flaps, with profiles similar to those used in Formula 1, which rotate electronically to adjust the downforce between the front and rear axles in function of vehicle speed and the manoeuvre being effected. The result of this concept is better performance in cornering.

The 599XX active rear wing is actuated automatically according to specific parameters which are integrated with the car's other control functions (ESP, ABS, SCM and F1-Trac). As a result of this integration, all the electronic controls have been suitably recalibrated. The 'opening gap' system logic is based on the following parameters:
- steering wheel angle
- longitudinal acceleration
- lateral acceleration
- vehicle speed

The new aerodynamics package for the 599XX also includes a modified front splitter and a new rear diffuser featuring a larger surface area and redesigned fences and foot-plates. Total downforce at 200 km/h is boosted to 330 kg when the flaps are open and 440 kg in the closed configuration.

The adoption of side exhausts allowed the engineers to increase engine power by 20 CV to 750 CV (again at 9000 rpm), while maximum torque has been increased to 700 Nm. When combined with a final gear ratio that's slightly shorter to improve acceleration on technical, medium- to high-speed tracks, the result is that the car laps Fiorano in just 1'15".

The Ferrari stand at the Bologna Motor Show is devoted entirely to its racing activities and features the 458 Challenge, the mid-rear V8 berlinetta derived from the 458 Italia and Ferrari's fifth model for its single-make championship. This series, now in its 19th year, will span three continents – Europe, North America and Asia-Pacific.

Also on the stand is the 458 Italia GT2 fielded by AF Corse. This is the car that won the Drivers' and Teams' title in the Le Mans Series and the Teams' title in the Intercontinental Le Mans Cup, and also contributed to Ferrari's taking the Manufacturers' title in the respective championships. The line-up of track-only Prancing Horse models is completed by the 458 Italia GT3 which made a superb FIA GT3 debut by winning the Drivers' title, and the FXX, Ferrari's "laboratory" car and one of the most technologically advanced non-competitive models in the world.

On December 3rd, the Show hosts three events featuring the Prancing Horse, two of which will see no less than 16 cars from the Italian and European Ferrari Challenge Trofeo Pirelli series taking part in the traditional end-of-year challenge.

The extensive programme planned for the competition arena will culminate in the traditional Scuderia Ferrari salute with an exhibition of the F10, the single-seater with which Ferrari competed in the 2010 Formula 1 season. The car will have a very special guest driver on this occasion: Giancarlo Fisichella.


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      Alex Butti
      • 3 Years Ago
      @Elmo: Why do you have to school everyone, EVERY time? Everyone is entitle to have his/ her own opinion. As far as this Ferrari 599XX Evoluzione, it's great! It's an evolution after all, and I guess that's the kind of money it takes to be the very best! Good job Ferrari.
        Elmo
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Alex Butti
        If you weren't so wrong all the time, then I wouldn't have to school people like you.
        Elmo
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Alex Butti
        By the way, the Zonda R is, by all means of the 2 words, a race car. It IS NOT street legal. It carries the shape of a Le Mans prototype, has monsterous power, and handles like no other street car in the world. It isn't even considered a production car on the Nurburgring lap times list. Just because it doesn't race against other cars, doesn't mean it's less of a race car. It is the epitomy of a race car. Hell, how about we talk about the "R" in its name? That R refers to the word "race". Wait, you know what, forget all what I just said. Because I now believe that you just said that to disagree with me just for the sake of disagreeing with me. Because no one is THAT stupid to believe that the Zonda R isn't a race car.
      Prince David
      • 3 Years Ago
      Wake me up when it's over 1000 HP! JK this is great
      Bill Burke
      • 3 Years Ago
      Does this thing look oh so very much like the drawings published of the next generation Dodge Viper or what? Things are getting very interesting on both sides of the Atlantic. How much Dodge is in Ferrari's future? Lets hope cross breeding produces some fantastic off spring for both Dodge and Ferrari...
      • 3 Years Ago
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        Peter T
        • 3 Years Ago
        to answer your question about the price, yes it is. adding upgrades and modifications to any exotic car, especially a one-off car makes the car a lot more special and exclusive, therefore a higher price. any rich person buying this car (spending the extra 250k) would enjoy the fact that he/she has the best of the best. to comment about the "average driver and stability and such", the target audience is for hardcore racing enthusiasts. im pretty sure your 'average driver' would not purchase this car anyways because: A) the 'average driver' would probably purchase a more luxurious and practical car and B) with a car this special, i wouldn't think ferrari would sell this to an 'average driver', only to serious and experienced people. i wouldn't let any 'average driver' touch this beast because of the fact that he/she may crash it.
          CDog!
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Peter T
          IDK... The "Average" Ferrari driver probably thinks he has the skills to appreciate the differences, but I agree with Blaze that the average purchaser of that vehicle (more likely a collector than a racer) will not likely be able to extract the performace that car is capable of...
        Elmo
        • 3 Years Ago
        It's a race car. Hell, this is a bargain compared to other high end manufacturers' factory sold race cars. Have you seen the price of a Pagani Zonda R?
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Elmo
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          Alex Butti
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Elmo
          Elmo, have YOU seen a Zonda R in person? The Zonda R is not a race car. It's a benchmark for Horacio Pagani to promote his company. When was the last time you heard (or saw on TV) a Zonda R race against other race cars? I'll give you the answer: never.
        Redline
        • 3 Years Ago
        Well I think that your average XX buyer is not just any guy off the street when it comes to racing cars. Most of these guys will probably know how to handle a car seeing that it is track only, and I'm assuming that most of them would have had some previous amateur racing experience.
      SloopJohnB
      • 3 Years Ago
      Starting to look like a Viper...
        Hatzenbach
        • 3 Years Ago
        @SloopJohnB
        i doubt that wings, winglets and splitters make other cars look like vipers
        erok
        • 3 Years Ago
        @SloopJohnB
        Wouldn't you say a toyota supra too?
      Andrew
      • 3 Years Ago
      Thisd car is full of bologney Happy Friday!!!!
        Elmo
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Andrew
        Do you, at all, proofread your comments before hitting submit? I can't even understand that response. By the way, how can you misspell something that it right in front of you? I've always wondered this with some people. You, once again, misspelled bologna/baloney.
        Elmo
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Andrew
        Your typing is always full of bologna/baloney. And how is it full of bologna?
      Redline
      • 3 Years Ago
      Looks like an absolute beast.
      Whafrodamus
      • 3 Years Ago
      This thing is nasty!... and ELMO FTW!
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      miketim1
      • 3 Years Ago
      Wow talk about serious . . . .
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      erok
      • 3 Years Ago
      I thought Elmo was a dick on sesame street too. This Ferrari looks like a supra to me..
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