Saturday, May 16th 2015. | Auto & Motor, Car

The trouble with many seriously high-performance cars is that the abilities of the car are quite often on a level far above that of its owner. So sometimes, if you want to see what a particular car can really do, you’ve got to hand the keys over to an F1 driver (or a former F1 driver, in the case of this video). Here we can see a Ferrari 599XX being driven by Rene Arnoux, who competed in Formula 1 from 1978 to 1989. A few of those years were spent behind the wheel of a Ferrari, and here he returns to drive a much newer car at the Circuit Paul Ricard.

The 599XX is a track-only version of the 599 GTB. The car’s weight was cut dramatically and the 6.0-liter V12 was pumped up to 720 horsepower in the process of turning it into a track machine. And though the F12 has replaced the 599 in showrooms, Ferrari hasn’t yet debuted a track version of the car, and the 599XX still reigns supreme in the world of Ferrari track-oriented gran turismo cars.

Rene Arnoux Driving The Ferrari 599XX At Paul Ricard: Video originally appeared on topspeed.com on Saturday, 16 May 2015 10:00 EST.

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