Ferrari's line of track day cars, the XX models, have always come with an interesting caveat: You can own it, but you can't have it. The story is that Ferrari would sell you an XX car, but the company then required it to stay at the factory and it would be brought out for the owner to drive at events around the world. Then it'd go back to the factory, not to be seen by the owner until the next track day.
It always seemed odd that you'd buy something and then not be allowed to actually have it, but Ferrari is the unique sort of company that also required prospective customers for the F12tdf to own five other Ferraris before their application for the hyper F12 would be considered. Nobody batted an eye. It was cited as fact, said on Top Gear (and then repeated constantly), and nobody really seemed to ask if it was true. The only people who knew were XX owners, and they don't tend to be the types of folks that are out correcting the media on where they store their multi-million dollar cars. Wonder why?
As it turns out, the whole "not allowed to have your XX" thing is a myth.
Google exec and multiple XX owner Benjamin Sloss posted this on Instagram today:
Yep, that's his 599XX at his house. In case you were wondering, no, he doesn't live at the Ferrari factory. We shot a note over to Ferrari to make sure that the cars were allowed to escape from Maranello and this wasn't a one-time thing or that Sloss's multiple XXes don't get him some sort of special treatment.
Here's what we were told:
The majority of the cars are stored in Maranello in the Corse Clienti department, but customers are free to have them at home. It is mandatory, however, to have a full review of the car by the Ferrari crew team before the car hits the track in any event or private testing session. Anytime the car is taken to the track, for an official Ferrari event or personal test session, there is always a mechanic and technician. He'll do the full check up when the car arrives at that said track.
So, Ferrari has no requirement that the cars be kept at the factory. Any owner can have it home whenever they want. Hell, they can park that FXX K in their living room if they want and stare at it all day. It does seem that storing the car at Maranello is more a convenience than anything, especially if the car needs to be checked over before it can go out on track. It's easier to have a Ferrari tech inspect the car when it's in Maranello than if its in San Francisco.
Sloss says that they can take the car to events and track days whenever they please, they just need to have that Ferrari-required inspection first. Wouldn't it be amazing to show up to a track day at Willow Springs and have a 599XX in among the Miatas?