Ferrari yesterday took the wraps off a unique £1.1million model built for a Google boss – that’s so powerful it has to be kept off the road.
The supercar firm donated the special edition Ferrari 599 XX Evo to a charity auction to raise money for victims of the Italian earthquake in May.
Google executive Benjamin Sloss eventually won the auction with a winning bid of £1.1 million (€1.4 million).
He was presented with the car in Italy by Ferrari boss Luca di Montezemolo as well as F1 drivers Fernando Alonso and Felipe Massa
The Ferrari was the star attraction among the many items put up for the auction organised on a global basis by the Maranello company.
Under the bonnet is a V12 engine which develops a staggering 740bhp to make it one the ultimate track cars.
It is such a hardcore, no-holds barred machine that it can only be used in specific race series.
Instead, ultra-rich owners tend to leave them to be looked after by Ferrari and brought out for three-times a year for special manufacturer days.
Luca di Montezemolo described the auction as a “pole position result”, praising the “big heartedness” of the Ferrari fans who took part in the bidding.
He added: “I would like to thank all the clients, collectors and enthusiasts that did their bit.
“Their bids have sent out a message of warmth and solidarity to the people in our region affected by this tragedy.”
The region of Emilia-Romagna has been rocked by two devastating back to back earthquakes leaving major infrastructure damage and 16 dead.