There are times when we look back on some of the pieces here and still get a chuckle over what some loony did to their supercar that the latter certainly didn’t deserve. Certainly, we haven’t forgotten the Veyron-diving episode from a couple of years ago; that memory’s still fresh on our minds.
Now, it looks as if a recent car crash will join Andy House - the man behind the Veyron - in the annals of all-time dumb car crashes.
This time, the dubious honor goes to Zahir Rana, the owner of the ZR Auto Dealership. We don’t know the full details of how it exactly happened, but apparently, Rana was behind the wheel of his EDO Competition Ferrari Enzo when the car all of a sudden made a dive straight into the Atlantic Ocean.
The race car was participating at the Targa Newfoundland 2011 when the whole debacle happened. We’ll try to find more details, but for now, we have these pictures of the car taking an unexpected dip in the Atlantic, as well as a video showing the entire incident down to the recovery of the Ferrari.
Ferrari is burning the midnight oil, coming up with plans for the next couple of years. We already know we’ll be seeing the Spyder version of the 458 Italia at this year’s Frankfurt Motor Show, but it looks like future plans will produce a few other models to clean and freshen up the Italian automaker’s lineup.
The 2012 Ferrari 458 Italia Spyder will be powered by the same engine as the coupe while a retractable hard top will replace the canvas top offered on the 430 Spider - the model it replaces. Ferrari will be jazzing up the variants for this model in 2013 with a 458 Scuderia, followed by a refreshed model in 2014.
The first vehicle to follow the 458 Italia Spyder will be the replacement for the 599 GTB, codenamed the F152, which will make its world debut in March at the Geneva Motor Show. It will be a two-seat coupe with rear drive and a direct-injection V-12 longitudinal engine mounted in the front. Sales on the US market will begin by the end of 2012.
After the 599 GTB’s replacement has its time to shine, Ferrari will be readying up the successor for the Enzo, which will also debut in 2012. This vehicle will be an all-carbon fiber model powered by a new, normally aspirated V-12. It will herald weight-reduction and fuel-saving technologies that Ferrari plans to adapt to its entire range by the end of decade.
When 2013 hits, Ferrari will be ready with facelift versions for the California and the 458 Scuderia as well. This is where Ferrari’s revealed plans end, but we’ll keep digging to find out more so stay tuned!
You know how people immediately assume that combining elements from jaw-dropping vehicles and mashing them all up spontaneously nets them a wondrous piece of automotive engineering? Sure, it works sometimes. But for the most part, we’re left scratching our heads while looking at this ungodly sight, bemoaning the sheer lack of creative foresight by the people who built it.
This is the Predator Xtreme, a car that could have been built when somebody put a Ferrari Enzo, a Lamborghini Reventon, a McLaren F1, and an Infinity G35 into a giant blender, put it on full blast, and watched as this piece of work come out.
Now, it probably isn’t as bad as it looks, especially at first glance. But once you take a minute and start examining the car, you’ll notice that a lot of what makes the car look the way it does is the elements found in the aforementioned supercars. The front end looks like a dysfunctional marriage between an Enzo and a Reventon, the interior seating lay-out looks to have been ripped out of a McLaren F1 – except that this one looks far more cramped - and don’t even get us started on why those taillights look suspiciously like the ones found on the G35. It’s because they are!
Full story after the jump.
What do a Ferrari Enzo and a Bugatti Veyron have in common? Until recently, the only similarity was the fact that they were rivals, but new rumors suggest that the next generation Enzo will be inspired by shapes in the Veyron’s design. Guess Ferrari is feeling the heat a bit, huh?
The new Enzo, set to be revealed in late 2012 will feature new-generation aerodynamic technology, including "active aerodynamics" that pump air out through the body to influence the way airflows over and under the skin. Rumors say that Ferrari will place a direct-injection twin-turbocharged V8 engine under the hood , but it is also believed that the next Enzo will use the same gasoline-hybrid technology found in the Vettura Laboratorio HY-KERS concept.
"The world is a very different place to how it was when the Enzo was launched. It has moved on completely. And we are Ferrari – we do not take part to make up the numbers," said Ferrari officials in an interview with AutoCar.
It’s not hard to imagine what the world would be like if Ferrari did come out with a successor to the venerable Enzo supercar. As one of the meanest and most awesome supercars to come out of Maranello in history, the Ferrari Enzo certainly has no equal – that is unless a successor to it comes along down the road.
In the event that our fantasy does come true, concept designer Peter Simon already has an idea of what he thinks the Enzo successor is going to look like.
Featuring a far more aggressive nose and front end than the real Enzo, Simon’s concept work is the personification of a car that certainly poses a design identity that’s all its own.
According to Simon, the inspiration behind his work was taken from – get this – human and animal bones. Simon took his inspiration, weird as it sounds, and combines with the flair of Maranello to create a striking study that boasts of swooping angles that we’ve never seen from an actual Prancing Horse.
We have to give props to Peter Simon for the ingenuity and the rather out-of-the-box approach to his work. We just don’t think that an Enzo successor – if or when it does come out – would look anything like this.
It’s no secret that with a supercar like the Ferrari Enzo, a great deal of time is spent on research and development, with the main goal being to be able to call it one of the brand’s crown jewels. As is the case with these type of exotics, a brand like Ferrari will more often than not build a prototype version of the Enzo that is going to be used in all manners of testing, research, and further development. These prototypes are later modified and fine-tuned to become the end product that is the Enzo. As for these test versions, we probably won’t hear a whole lot about them after the finished product is finally released.
Well, if you’ve ever wondered how the Enzo came to be, a prototype version of the Mother of all Ferraris is now up for sale by Modena Motorsport. Built as a prototype for the Enzo back in 2000, this particular prototype is the only working test car that left the Ferrari factory. It even comes with an authorized factory certification, ensuring that this Enzo test car is completely legit. If that doesn’t spell out ’exotic’, we don’t know what will.
Moreover, it’s got a V12 engine that produces 680 horsepower with a six-speed gearbox, and it only weighs 1,365 kg. While we’re pretty sure that this prototype can hold its own against other exotics, what makes this machine truly remarkable is its exclusivity.
The prototype’s price wasn’t divulged, but we imagine any potential buyer can inquire about it directly at Modena Motorsport. Don’t press your luck, though. A car this rare probably won’t come cheap, so if you have images of plucking this away for less than six-digits, then you’re probably wasting your time.
Richard Losee is no stranger to hard work. After crashing his precious Ferrari Enzo back in 2006, this driver took it upon himself to restore his ride and add even more bells and whistles making it debut ready in time for the Bonneville Speed Week. His vehicle went from a standard Enzo developing 651hp to a Twin-Turbo Ferrari Enzo delivering a tremendous 850hp! At Bonneville his hard work ended up paying off as his Enzo went on to establish a 238.142 mph Class C (360 cubic-inch) Blown Fuel Modified Sport category and Enzo top speed record with an average run of 237.81 mph. It didn’t happen on the first try though. Many attempts were made with bumps in the road, like a malfunctioning chute and improper tuning, before the Enzo finally completed the task it had gone there to achieve.
"I had to leave for the airport literally right when we made the run as I was headed for a race in Phoenix," said tuner Shane Tecklenburg. "I was changing the tune up while we were towing the car back to the pit and I left immediately afterward not really knowing if what I had done would be enough to get them there."
Now, Losee’s Ferrari Enzo not only holds the top speed record, but it also holds the record for the most driven (31,366 miles) Enzo ever. Nice job, Losee!
It’s no secret that Ferrari is already preparing a successor for the legendary super sports Enzo. In fact, they’ve been preparing this supercar for quite some time now and, although we can pretend we are tired of waiting, the truth of the matter is we would wait as long as we need to in order to take a peek at the awesomeness that is this vehicle. Fortunately, other car fanatics are looking forward to this car as much as we are and will attempt to render the model with their incredible artistic and/or computer graphic talents.
The next Enzo will benefit from the intense use of carbon fiber, making the supercar weigh around 1200 lbs. Under the hood there will be a newly developed V8 bi-turbo engine with around 700 HP mated to a double-clutch transmission with seven speeds that provides ultra-fast gear changes. It is expected to see a sprint from 0 to 60 mph made in less than 3 seconds and a top speed of 223 mph.
The new Enzo will make its world debut in the spring of 2012 and will be limited to only 399 units. Price is expected to be in the 800,000 euro area (around $1million at the current exchange rates).
When it comes to the successor for the Ferrari Enzo we’ve heard all kinds of rumors. However, we can now clear some of those up as Ferrari S.p.A. Chairman, Luca Cordero di Montezemolo, himself not only talks about the future car, but also about the company’s future.
The next Enzo will be revealed in 2012 and it "will incorporate the state of the art of our knowledge in terms of increasing performances while reducing fuel consumption and emissions. It will then influence all Ferraris that appear after it." Under the hood there will be the same gasoline-hybrid technology that is found in the Vettura Laboratorio HY-KERS concept that was unveiled in March at the Geneva Auto Show. As for the car’s design language, it was previewed in 2007 by the Millechili concept.
Luca Cordero di Montezemolo also confirmed that Ferrari will be about "fast cars and fast trains – and no politics", and that despite his 63 years of experience in life, he will continue working for Ferrari: "I want to shape the next product cycle at Ferrari to assure a bright future at a company that has been inextricably intertwined with my life."
The first ones who have put face to face a supercar and a jet fighter were the guys from Top Gear. And since then this kind of race become a fashion. The last one is a race between a Ferrari Enzo and a CF 18 Jet. And not any kind of Enzo, but one tuned by Edo Competition!
The Enzo XX Evolution is powered by a 6.3 Liter V12 that makes an earth shattering 860 HP and 575 lb-ft of torque. Weight has been reduced by 220 pounds and the Enzo can now sprint from 0 to 60 MPH in just 3.2 seconds and reach a top speed in excess of 242 MPH. On the other hand, the CF18 jet can hit a top speed of 1127 mph, but it has a slower sprint. The winner? Who cares, just enjoy the video!