Record breaking laps are nothing new at Daytona, and it takes an impressive car to break the 200 mph barrier in the corners. Last weekend saw a massive gathering of Ferraris in the US, and one of the highlights was a demonstration of the XX program. What began as a racing version of the Enzo, each successive XX car has pushed the limits of automotive performance. Based on the LaFerrari, the FXX-K is the latest from Maranello, and it uses a race tuned V12 along with a more advanced KERS system to deliver 1,036 hp and 664 lb-ft of torque to the pavement. Stock car fans will be quick to tell you that Awesome Bill from Dawsonville holds the track record at 210 mph, but technology has far eclipsed the carbureted V8 from 1987.
Only 40 examples of the FXX-K were built, so riding shotgun will likely remain a pipe dream. But one lucky passenger was fortunate enough to take his camera along for the ride. Reaching 200 mph is easy if you are running around the full circuit, but the road course comes down from the banking before Turn 1 and at the end of the super stretch.
So, what we have is one of the fastest cars of all time. The FXX-K is able to reach NASCAR speeds on the road course and it makes it looks easy. The aero package is designed to make 1,190 lbs of downforce at 224 mph, but I don’t know if I would be comfortable taking a million dollar hypercar through the bumpy transitions in turns 3 and 4. I paced the 2009 Daytona 500 in my Camaro, and the Bilstein HD’s bottomed out a few times at only 70 mph. No doubt the FXX-K is capable of beating the track record, so we hope Mr. France invites them back for an encore performance.