Google executive Benjamin Sloss was the high bidder and walked away with a Ferrari 599XX, auctioned off by the factory.
In response to the earthquakes that devastated Emilia Romagna earlier this year, Ferrari’s fund raising included the auction of various bits of memorabilia, the largest bit being this yellow, track ready Evo.
Presented to Sloss by Ferrari chairman Luca di Montezemolo, his winning bid of approximately $1.8M garnered him the keys and the right to paint the car any color he wanted.
Other items up for bid were an F1 nose cone and V-8 engine from a previous car, and a driving suit worn by Giancarlo Fisichella. Altogether Ferrari raised $2.3M.
Sloss was also presented with a group photo of him with drivers Fernando Alonso and Felipe Massa.
The 599XX Evo uses a 740-HP V-12, and all of the technology the factory has at hand to explode this track-legal only machine to a very quick Nurburgring-Nordschleife at 6:58.16.
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Powered by a 740-horsepower version of the V-12 engine used by the road-going 599 GTB Fiorano, the 599XX Evo also sports special wheel doughnuts to reduce drag, active aerodynamic elements to improve downforce, and Ferrari’s High-Performance Dynamic Concept adjustable suspension.
On top of this, the 599XX Evo is also part of Ferrari’s arrive-and-drive Corse Clienti program, which affords owners full factory support at driving events around the world.
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