In more ways than one, Silverstone was bathed in sunshine this weekend as the circuit hosted the two day Passione Ferrari event. As well as VIPs, guests and owners taking to the track, Ferrari North Europe hosted the company’s annual Rays of Sunshine and BEN charity event. We have the photos from a sunny weekend in Northamptonshire.
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Ferrari does a lot for charity
Rays of Sunshine is a charity that grants wishes to terminally-ill children, while BEN is the automotive industry’s own benevolent fund that helps families in the automotive industry in times of need. In total, 50 children attended the event, each one treated to a passenger ride in a Ferrari California T.
Needless to say, the passenger rides went down a storm. Well, it’s not everyday you get to burn rubber in a Ferrari on the famous Silverstone Stowe Circuit.
It wouldn’t be a Ferrari event without a celebrity of some kind, so step forward Mollie King, best known as being one-fifth of The Saturdays. Mollie also happens to be an ambassador for Rays of Sunshine.
Unfortunately for the children, they weren’t able to do a hot lap in the incredible Ferrari FXX-K. The limited edition model is based on the Ferrari LaFerrari and was built for track use only.
“Unfettered by homologation requirements and regulations, the FXX-K will never be used in competition and was developed to be completely uncompromising,” says the Ferrari website. In other words, this is the Ferrari LaFerrari at its most raw – the figures are quite astonishing.
The 6,262cc V12 engine has been tweaked to boost the output from 800hp to 860hp, although once combined with the electric motor, this rises to a mammoth 1,050hp. As for the torque: that’s a whopping 664lb ft.
Not only is the FXX-K the first Ferrari to produce in excess of 1,000hp, it also generates 540kg of downforce at 200km/h. Sadly, even at a cost of $2.5 million, they sound out quicker than you could say ‘HY-KERs’.
A track hero from Ferrari’s past: this is the awesome 599XX. Based on the 599 GTB Fiorano, the 599XX is – in Ferrari’s own words – “an extreme track car”.
Ferrari upped the maximum revs to 9,000rpm, with 720hp and 505lb ft of torque available on tap. The 0-60mph time is polished off in under three seconds, while the top speed is knocking on the door of 200mph.
Extensive wind tunnel testing resulted in 280kg of downforce at 200km/h and 630kg at 300km/h. The front underside of the body is completely faired-in, while the vents that channel hot air from the engine have been moved to the bonnet.
Silverstone could boast not one but two Ferrari 599XX on track. In 2010, the car became the first production-derived sports car to break the seven-minute barrier on the classic Nordschleife circuit. It completed the lap in 6 min 58.16 sec.
Away from the track, Ferrari also displayed a number of historic F1 cars, including a 312T and 312T5.
The 312T was the final 312T to be built and is the car in which Clay Regazzoni won the Italian Grand Prix at Monza in 1975 and the USA Grand Prix at Long Beach in 1976.
Meanwhile, the 312T5 was the last Ferrari F1 T car and was driven by Jody Scheckter and Gilles Villeneuve in the 1980 season.
Our Nige’s car
This just happens to be Nigel Mansell’s Ferrari 641/2 from the 1990 F1 season. Mansell raced alongside Alain Prost and finished first in the Portuguese Grand Prix.
Bringing us right up to date is this Ferrari F12tdf. Only 799 units will be built and it pushes the boundaries of a street-legal track car. The 6,266cc V12 engine will help propel the F12tdf to 200km/h in just 7.9 seconds.
Apprentice graduation ceremony
Ferrari North Europe used the event to say ‘you’re hired’ to five new service technicians who graduated after three years of technical training at Ferrari. Rene Arnoux, Marc Gene and F1 correspondent Tom Clarkson were on hand to present the apprentices with their certificates.
Rays of Sunshine
But the lasting memory of the event will be the smiles on the faces of the children who were treated to a lap of Silverstone. A picture paints a thousand words.