FERRARI’S FINEST

Weekend Courier - - Driveway -

SOME cars few peo­ple even knew ex­isted in Aus­tralia, let alone Perth, emerged at the re­cent Ital­ian Car Day at Barba­gallo Race­way.

Cel­e­brat­ing Ferrari’s 70th an­niver­sary, it at­tracted a va­ri­ety of Ital­ian brands, among them De To­maso, Alfa Romeo, Fiat, Lan­cia, Maserati and Du­cati and other mo­tor­cy­cles.

The star at­trac­tion was a Ferrari FXX, pro­duced only in minute num­bers and only for track use.

It uses some tech­nol­ogy from the Enzo but in­cludes some F1 com­po­nents.

It has a 6.3litre V12 mo­tor ca­pa­ble of pro­duc­ing nearly 500kW and is one of the rarest spec­i­mens on the planet.

The FXX first ap­peared in 2005 and about only 40 are built each year. Cost? Only $3.5 mil­lion. There was also a mean-look­ing white Lan­cia with a rego plate from Maine and all man­ner of Italy’s as­sorted finest on show and on track.

The arancini balls were ex­cel­lent too.

The ap­pear­ance of an FXX was an un­ex­pected plea­sure.

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