Google executive Benjamin Sloss who defines himself as a ‘confirmed horsepower junkie’, has emerged as the generous bidding winner of Ferrari 599XX Evo in Ferrari’s official international on-line auction to raise charity funds to benefit the victims of an earthquakes that terribly struck northern Italy’s Emiglia Romaga region back in May. Described to be an extreme sports berlinetta, this ultra-rare Ferrari 599XX Evo incorporating the very best of the Ferrari’s technology, which is the result of GT divisions’ on-going Research and Development activities and advanced experimentation in F1, fetched $1.78 million, as compared to its estimated price of $1.6 million. In a special ceremony that took place in Monza, keys of hypercar Ferrari 599XX Evo painted in yellow was handed over to its new Californian owner by Ferrari President Luca di Montezemolo along with Sceduria Ferrari drivers Fernando Alonso and Felipe Massa.
The car was the star attraction among many other items including the helmets kindly donated by Fernando Alonso and Felipe Massa, Prancing Horse watches, racing suit worn by former F1 driver Giancarlo Fisichella, and V8 engine from retired Formula 1 racecar, which were put up on international on-line auction held by the Maranello Company.
Benjamin Sloss’s special machine which lapped the Nürburgring in a mere 6:58.16, comes equipped with a powerful V12 engine that delivers a total of 740-horsepower and active aerodynamics.
Sloss took the delivery of the car along with his wife, and also got an additional souvenir in the shape of a photo taken outside the team motorhome, alongside the Ferrari men.
All the proceeds of the auction went to benefit the earthquake victims, and the owner Sloss was very happy to contribute to the cause.
Also, we have recently seen some of the stunning bespoke Ferraris to emerge from the company’s thrilling Special Projects division, including the one-off 599 GTO 'SP Arya' built for the Dubai-based Indian businessman Cheerag Arya, and the Eric Clapton's custom Ferrari 458 Italia.