In April of 2002, a prototype of the Ferrari FXX, which was cleverly called the FX, snuck into the Contemporary Art Museum of Tokyo a few years before the car's official debut at the 2005 Bologna Motor Show. It wasn't completely out of place -- not only is the FXX a work of art, but there was an exhibit of Ferrari and Maserati vehicles in the museum at the time. The FXX, based on the Ferrari Enzo, was basically an incredible technological test mule built for the track and never made road-legal. Only 29 were ever made, according to Ferrari, and the company hand-picked who was able to buy them. The $2 million price tag included 14 track events, a driver training course at Ferrari's Fiorano test track, and on-site storage at the factory.
The FXX had a 6.3-liter V12 with more than 790 hp in a chassis that weighed 2546 pounds -- making it lighter than a Pagani Zonda, with more horsepower. Like so many other Ferraris, the gearbox in the FXX is from Formula 1, but this one is nearly as fast as the track cars, shifting between gears in under 100 milliseconds.
With that much power in such a light car, it's going to take a lot of downforce to stay stuck to the track. The aerodynamics of the FXX are on display for all the world to see, and they create 40 percent more downforce than even the Enzo has. A rear-facing video camera on each car feeds to a TFT display in the cockpit, making a rearview mirror obsolete. Bridgestone created a 19-inch slick tire for the FXX, and Brembo created special ceramic brake pads and cooling system for the car.
As the technological test mule, the FXX was outfitted with telemetry to collect data every time the engine was fired up. The information was used in real time to monitor the car's systems and in the future to inform Ferrari designs to come.
- Engine: 6.3-liter V8
- Horsepower: 790 hp
- Top speed: 227 mph
- 0-60 mph: 3 seconds
- Price: $2 million