The Ferrari shield is famously known as the prancing horse. What’s under the hood of the 2018 Ferrari FXX K Evo, however, is a herd of over 1,000 horses champing at the bit.
Ferrari’s naming system actually has a logic to it, and this car’s name reveals its exclusivity. The XX series represents the company’s dedication to its most faithful customers. The “K” references one of the technological advances of the car—the KERS system. KERS is “kinetic energy recovery technology.” In effect, the KERS stores kinetic energy from braking to be used later in acceleration. The FXX series features a 12-cylinder, 6.3-liter engine capable of producing 1036 total horsepower, (848 from the V12 engine and 187 from the electric motor). Torque for this beast comes out at 664 pound-feet. The FXX-K hits 60 in 2.6 seconds.
The Evo takes things up—or more appropriately, down a notch—with its highly researched and tested downforce levels. With a lighter weight and the twin-profile fixed wing on the tail, negative lift forces exceed 1830 pounds on the Evo, which is a 23 percent improvement over previous versions and a 75 percent increase compared to the LaFerrari.
The tall and short of it is that this horse doesn’t prance. It doesn’t even gallop. It’s a full-tilt, balls-to-the-wall, hold-on-tight stampede.