In case you are mad rich, you Pays Ferrari to be an examination driver

If you have a couple million dollars to save and love Ferrari, give Corsa Clienti a telephone.

MONTEREY, Calif.–“Allow me to tell you about the very rich. They have been not the same as you and me.” Those words were published by F. Scott Fitzgerald back in 1926, and they remain true almost a century after. It’s undoubtedly true in regards to cars, by which having a cell phone bank balance opens doors for machines that the rest of us just ever get close to in videogames. Recently, I acquired a opportunity to take a peek behind that drape at the historic Laguna Seca race track at California.

Once up on a time, the super-car was at the top of the tree, and cars just such as the McLaren F1 and Ferrari Enzo re wrote the principles on how fast a car could go along with how far it would cost. Before too long, that type of performance trickled down–even a Tesla P100D will be at either of these cars in a rush to 100mph, for example–so we got the hypercar.

Carbon fiber hybrids with approximately 1000 hp on tap and seven-digit price tags became the new apex predators of the car world, however for many, even these are now too common, too pedestrian. Therefore what exactly do you do if you have a few million dollars burning a hole in your pocket and you also wish to go fast, really, really fast? For a certain kind of man, the solution will be, you call up Ferrari and have about its own Corsa Clienti app.

Ferrari’s XX app got started in 2005 once the company made the decision to provide you a few of its most useful (and potentially most demanding) clients some thing slightly more hardcore than its own then-range-topping Enzo supercar. Thus was born the FXX, which dropped any pretense at street legality to instead comprise some technowizardry out of the all-conquering Formula 1 app. An XX variant of this front-engined 599 appeared in ’09, and also a 599XX Evoluzione, then recently the LaFerrari-derived FXX-K, and now FXX-K Evo hybrids. Clearly in the event that you have to ask the purchase cost you can not afford it, however do not expect much change out of $3 million.

That is, by any stretch of the imagination, an extravagant amount of cash to invest in an automobile, especially one you can not drive into the shops and back. The Corsa Clienti app is fearsomely strict as it concerns the privacy of the clienti, however I was able to sit down with Ferrari’s Filippo Petrucci, who conducts this app, to find out more.

“[The XX Clienti] app is very exclusive, to own a direct deal from the customer to the factory. We are a manufacturer, we’re maybe perhaps not the dealer. So the feedback I have from my clients about the car, I could give directly into the design office,” he told Ars. “I will give you an example: whenever we released the FXX-K, there is the endeavor todo exactly the Evo variant, which now we now have. And before we begin the job with those who actually watched the design office at Maranello, I had the aim to interview our clients and ask them exactly what would you do for this car. ‘OK, you are handing this car, what you’d like to do , what do you want?’ And obviously, when the vehicle had been done, the Evo most have the new execution comes out of suggestion.”

I had read how Ferrari has been using the XX Clienti app to enhance its future cars. I had envisioned that the client feedback has been across the lines of enclosure equilibrium or simply the intervention constraints to Ferrari’s Negative Slip Control (SSC) electronic driver aid. It turns out that I had been overthinking it.

“as an instance, the steering wheel: someone was whining about the wheel not having a part of a racing steering wheel, [but alternatively more] just such as the street form of this Ferrari steering wheel. Following a proposal of our customer, we decided to set a proper racing steering wheel in such as from the GTE, GT3 cars. Currently there exists a proper racing wheel,” Petrucci explained. “Or, somebody was whining about a design from the cars–‘Well, we prefer to have this switch in another location .’ We really got with their own suggestion, and we attempt to follow as far as possible that their suggestions, which is quite unique [for a car manufacturer].”

Jonathan M. Gitlin

Jonathan could be the automotive editor at Ars Technica, covering all things car-related. Jonathan resides and works in Washington, D. C.


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