Ferrari also collected a further two plaudits at the Munich event: the 488 GTB and 488 Spider each took home a Design Excellence Award, in recognition of Maranello’s success in reinterpreting its 40-year sporty V8 berlinetta tradition with a mix of both stylistic sophistication and technological innovation.
The Ferrari FXX K is designed and built specifically for the track with spectacularly efficient aerodynamics and an exceptional engine. Even Sebastian Vettel uttered an unforgettable “Mamma mia!” (who wouldn’t?) when he got his first taste of its power during one of the FXX K’s first track run. Prior to the IF Design Awards, the FXX K had picked up first prize at the Red Dot Best of the Best Award for design, as well.
Ferrari newest track star, unveiled at last season’s Finali Mondiali in Abu Dhabi, is the fruit of a symbiotic partnership between Ferrari’s GT and GES racing divisions. Arriving almost two years after the launch of the Prancing Horse’s most powerful ever road car, LaFerrari, this is extreme version was designed exclusively for track use.
For Flavio Manzoni and his team at the Ferrari Styling Center, the FXX K provided the perfect opportunity to unleash the full power and potential of the original design. As ever, the car’s good looks are absolutely functional and every single line has been designed to enhance its performance. The FXX K’s striking good looks and meticulous detailing are entirely the product of work done hand-in-glove with Ferrari’s aerodynamicists.
All of the bodywork panels have been radically modified to generate extra downforce but, of course, without impinging on the car’s aesthetic. For instance, flaps are mounted on top of vertical rear fins that recall the tails of fighter planes. The fins are integrated into the tops of the rear wings and reinforce the dynamic arrow-shape side profile. The eye is instantly drawn also to the horizontal LED stripes that replace conventional headlights and broaden the front view of the car. The car’s lines are masterfully underscored too by an aggressive racing livery, an integral part of its style. All of this combined with a lower set-up, wider track, higher camber and slicks on lighter wheels underscore the FXX K’s vocation for the track.