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Hold Your Horses, Ferrari Releases Hybrid Supercar this Holiday Season

Ferrari FXX K Hybrid Supercar  (c) Ferrari S.p.A.
Ferrari FXX K Hybrid Supercar
(c) Ferrari S.p.A.

As it is, the LaFerrari was already a beast of a car at 963 horsepower.  But the folks at Ferrari had other ideas, they put it into the XX Program and came up with this beast of a brother, the LaFerrari FXX K, that they will unleash during the Finali Mondiali at the Yas Marina circuit in Abu Dhabi, UAE.

The FXX K also has a V12-plus-electric drivetrain like its predecessor, but with more power at 1,050 horsepower.  860 horsepower comes from the 6.3-litre naturally aspirated V12 (at 9,200rpm, no less), while the electric motor adds the remaining 190 horsepower. The engine produces a “maximum torque exceeding 900 Nm (over 6,64lb ft),” according to Ferrari.  With so much power, the aerodynamics of the car have been redesigned to allow the vehicle to stay grounded, producing a downforce of 540 kg at 200 km/h (1,188 lb at 124 mph).

The V12 engine was redesigned for the track with new camshafts, new intake manifolds and mechanical tappets instead of hydraulic ones.  As a result, the car isn’t street legal.  Hence, the silencers on the exhausts have been “eliminated” according to Ferrari (and I’d imagine that this was said ala Schwarzenegger).  Instead, a lot of devices were placed to improve aerodynamics, including a huge diffuser at the back that makes it difficult to back park the car.

As if the enhancements to the internal combustion engine were not enough, the HY-KERS electrical system was also redesigned for track duty.  One can now pick from four modes, namely: Qualify (for maximum performance), Long Run, Manual Boost and Fast Charge.

Unfortunately, you won’t be able to own one, even if you shell out a crazy amount of moolah.  Since it’s officially referred to as the FXXK, one can only shell out a crazier amount of money to have the privilege to drive it around a track, like what some of the emirs are going to do this weekend at Abu Dhabi.

As of press time, there was still no figure for the car’s race to 100 kph (62 mph) from a full stop, but one would be sure that it is less than the street legal LaFerrari’s 2.9 seconds.  I guess that we’ll find out soon enough.

In the meantime, it’s amazing to think how far that hybrid vehicles have come from the Toyota Prius’ 98 horsepower to the monster 1,050 we get on this dream of a car.

So it is indeed a happy holiday for the ones who get the privilege of driving it this December.

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