It was a Google executive who was the highest bidder when a Ferrari 599XX Evo went under the auctioneer’s hammer. Benjamin Sloss, top executive at Google may have taken delivery of this prized vehicle but all proceeds from its sales have been donated to victims of the earthquake which caused havoc and devastation at the Emiglia Romaga region in Italy earlier this year.
This particular region which was worst affected by the earthquakes are Modena, Maranello and Fiorano all of which hold special worth for the Italian auto manufacturers and hence the decision to do something for those affected in the region. Sloss who bid $1.78 million for the Ferrari 599XX Evo took possession of the car at a special event held at the Italian Grand Prix in Monza.
The car was handed over by Ferrari chief Luca do Montezemolo while Scuderia Ferrari drivers Fernando Alonso and Felipe Massa were also present at the occasion. To say that the Ferrari 599XX Evo is powerful and superfast is an understatement. The vehicle is powered by a 740hp V12 engine which is capable of taking one lap around Nurburgring in 6:58:16.
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Ferrari enthusiast’s winning bid helps earthquake victims
A special ceremony took place this afternoon in Monza, when a 599 XX Evo was driven into the paddock. It’s the car that Ferrari had put up for auction to raise funds for the families who were victims of the earthquake that hit the Emilia Romagna region back in May. The car was the star attraction among the many items put up for the auction organised on a global basis by the Maranello company. It has several features included especially for this event and it went to Benjamin Sloss who made the generous winning bid of 1.4 million Euros. Handing over the keys to its new Californian owner who was here with his wife Christine, was Ferrari President Luca di Montezemolo, along with the Scuderia drivers, Fernando Alonso and Felipe Massa. Sloss got an additional souvenir in the shape of a photo taken outside the team motorhome, alongside the Ferrari men. He was thrilled with the event and said he was extremely happy to have contributed to this cause, which he decided to support as soon as he heard what had happened in Italy, in the hope of helping with the reconstruction plans.