Google exec pays $1.7 million at charity auction for Ferrari 599XX Evo, picks it up at Italian Grand Prix

Ferrari 599XX Evo GoogleGoogle’s Vice President of Engineering, Benjamin Sloss, picked up a new car this weekend, and had a couple of pictures taken at the same time.

Lucky him, you’re probably thinking, and are about to skip to the next article; but hold on, this wasn’t a trip down to his local dealership, and the car wasn’t a Prius, a Corolla or even something slightly interesting like a Tesla Model S.

No, he was collecting a Ferrari 599XX Evo, which was be presented to him at the Monza Grand Prix circuit in Italy, on the same day as the Italian F1 Grand Prix. Oh, and the photos would be with Ferrari F1 drivers Fernando Alonso and Felipe Massa.

Sloss paid 1.4 million Euros — that’s $1.79 million, currency conversion fans — for the car at a charity auction back in June, the proceeds of which went to an earthquake relief fund for those affected by the quake in the Emilia Romaga region of Italy in May.

So, a good cause then, but what about the car? If you’ve not heard of it, Ferrari’s 599XX Evo is very special indeed, as it’s the extreme version, of the extreme version of the already exciting Ferrari 599 GTB Fiorano.

Ferrari 599XX Evo Google Cover

To make a 599XX Evo, you take a 599XX, which produces 720 horsepower from its 6.0-liter V12, then reduce the weight by 35kgs, up the power to 740 horsepower using a side-exit exhaust and liberally sprinkle it all with proven F1 technology.

Besides the wheel “doughnuts” fitted to the 599XX — used to reduce drag and cool the brakes — and active suspension, there’s a DRS-style active rear wing, which pops open at the press of a button to reduce drag at high speed.

The results are impressive to say the least, with 0-60 taking 2.9 seconds, and a top speed of 196 miles-per-hour. Additionally, 599XX ownership buys you entry into the Corsa Clienti, an exclusive club for Ferrari FXX and 599XX owners.

This is a good thing, as the 599XX and the 599XX Evo aren’t road legal, and these Ferrari events are the only time owners get to drive their cars, where they’re supported by a team of Ferrari engineers and test drivers.

To help Sloss’ 599XX Evo stand out amongst the other cars — although only 30 of them have been produced — it has a commemorative plaque signed by Ferrari chairman Luca di Montezemolo and F1 drivers Alonso and Massa.

As weekends go, this one sounds like a good one.

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