Only days after we talked about this mammoth piece of machinery, the twin-turbo Ferrari Enzo finally made its way to the Bonneville Salt Flats where, predictably, it turned quite a favorable number of heads as it made a couple of test runs.
If you remember, this particular Enzo actually crashed a few years ago while it was participating in a rally. Not content in seeing his pride and joy go to waste, the car’s owner, Richard Losee, decided to make the most of a bad thing and completely restore his supercar back to its former road-pouncing capabilities. Actually, Losee did more than just restore his Enzo; he went as far as upgrading the car’s already loaded specs, turning it from a 652 horsepower thoroughbred into an 850 horsepower rocket.
With the Enzo now fully-restored and blasting from all cylinders – 12, actually – Losee went out and brought to the annual Bonneville Speed Week to show off just how far a wrecked supercar can go from a heap into something more powerful than its original incarnation. Sure, it helps to have loads of money to spare, but as evidenced by the twin-turbo Enzo’s run at Bonneville, money shouldn’t be an issue if the car can blast off from the starting block as fast as this supercar did at Bonneville.
When people wreck their cars, for the most part, they tend to just rebuild it to its original state. But why not take it one step further? In fact, why not take a giant leap further and create a vehicle that will eventually end up taking part in the Bonneville Speed Week? Take Richard Losee, for example. Mr. Losee crashed his Ferrari Enzo back in 2006 when he was taking part in a rally. Instead of just replacing the same parts with comparable pieces, he one-upped the restore. Now his stock 6.0 liter V12 engine produces a staggering 850hp while a standard Enzo only produces 651hp. Can we say, "Upgrade?"
Next to the engine upgrade, this Enzo also gets slimmer tires, an aerodynamics-enhancing carbon-fiber nose, and a lowered suspension. The car’s new nose will help it be aerodynamically stable at speeds of around 300 mph (483 km/h). As of right now, no one has confirmed the turbocharged Enzo’s top speed, but we are thinking it will be plenty higher than the 217mph delivered with a standard Enzo.
Keep a look out for this Ferrari Enzo as it takes part in the Bonneville Speed Week this week in the Great Salt Lake Desert in Bonneville, Utah.
While talking about the future roadster version of the Ferrari 599 with the British magazine Auto Express, Ferrari boss Luca di Montezemolo also offered a few details on the company’s future hybrid plans.
During the interview, Luca di Montezemolo said: "The future for Ferrari is hybrid for the 12-cylinder and new [turbocharged] technology for the eight-cylinder. Within three-four years we will be ready with a V12 hybrid based on the HY-KERS concept."
Translated this means that the successor for the Enzo, the next 599, and the Scaglietti, will be powered by smaller-capacity V12s mated to electric motors to boost efficiency.
For the Vettura Laboratorio HY-KERS, the powertrain combines a V12 engine with an electric motor producing more than 100 Hp and is coupled to the rear of the dual-clutch 7-speed F1 transmission.
Internally known as the F70, the next Enzo will combine elements from the FXX Mille-Chili lightweight concept, the 599XX track car, and the 458 Italia. The F70 will be a very light car with a total weight of about 2200 lbs making the 0 to 60 mph sprint in less than 3 seconds, while top speed will go up to more than 230 mph.
The Ferrari 599 GTO is getting all kinds of love these days. And why shouldn’t it? It is, after all, the most powerful road-going car in the company’s long and illustrious history. Of course, just because Ferrari’s new pride and joy is all that and more, it doesn’t mean that we should start sleeping on another Ferrari that can pretty much hold it’s own against any supercar thrown its way.
Suffice to say, the Ferrari Enzo is and will always be one of the best cars Ferrari has come out with. Combining elements of speed, grace, and power in one package, the Enzo has a universally-respected stature that the newly-released 599 GTO can only hope to attain in the future. Just to remind all of those that have been going gaga over the 599 GTO recently, here’s a video of the Ferrari Enzo being taken for a run around the track at the Imola racing circuit.
In a recent interview, Amedeo Felisa offered new details on the next Ferrari Enzo, known as the F70. According to Felisa, the new Enzo will be launched in 2012 and will be powered by a a direct-injection twin-turbo V8 engine.
He also said that Ferrari will only use carbon fiber for very special models and not for its entire line-up: "We will only use carbonfibre on very special cars which have a very low rate of production and which are not for everyday use, such as the new Enzo." This statement reflects a different opinion than we are used to seeing considering McLaren, Mercedes, and BMW are using, or plan to use, carbon fiber in their vehicles. Obviously, Ferrari isn’t one to just go with the pack on anything. Just a couple of days ago, we brought forth news that Ferrari does not intend on breaking tradition and moving towards a four-door vehicle, so it shouldn’t surprise us that this situation isn’t any different. Ferrari has a very successful mind of their own.
"The fact is that nobody today has a real understanding of what happens if you damage a carbonfibre structure," says Felisa. "After 20 or 30 years of use, who knows what state a carbonfibre structure will be in? Only the airplane industry has a long-term understanding of using carbonfibre, and there the usage is very different. Unless you have a really big accident, it is possible to repair a Ferrari today, and we don’t want to lose that."
So, should Ferrari go with the pack and use carbon fiber or do they bring up a valid concern for its usage? Hit us up with your thoughts.
Sergio Marchionne, CEO of Fiat SpA, has finally announced details of Fiat’s aggressive five-year plan today and, we have to admit, we are very excited about them. We are not going to prolong the information with a lot of fancy talk about the history or expectations of these new models because we don’t have to. Forget the potatoes, salads, and other side dishes, here’s the beef: a new Enzo in 2012, an open-top Spider variant of the 458 Italia due in 2011, a 458 Scuderia in 2013, a V12-powered 612 Scaglietti, a new 599, and a facelift version for the California. That’s, count ’em, six new cars before 2013. Ahhh, we love the smell of new car in the air.
The new Enzo will be powered by a direct-injection twin-turbo V8 or a direct-injection twin-turbo V6. It will also feature Ferrari’s new-generation aerodynamic technology, including ‘active aerodynamics’ that pump air out through the body to influence the way air flows over and under the skin. Details on the other models have not yet been revealed, but updates will come as soon as those details have emerged.
Not only is Ferrari working on new models, but Maserati is also currently working on a sub-Quattroporte sedan that will compete with models like the Mercedes-Benz E-Class and BMW 5 Series. Following that is this little tidbit; a new Quattroporte is also said to be in the works.
In yet another soggy tale of a petulant supercar owner, we bring you this heartbreaking video of how washing and cleaning a Ferrari Enzo can go wrong. So horribly wrong.
The scene of the mishap occurred during a Ferrari day - apparently, they have those on that part of the world - at Padborg Park in Denmark. One of the cars that made an appearance was this Ferrari Enzo, which was spotted at a local car wash.
The owner of the Enzo was washing it down with a hose and then proceeded to dry the car with a microfiber cloth with sand.
Wait a second...sand? He’s going to use sand on an Enzo?
The answer, regrettably, was yes. The owner, genius that he is, used sand to dry out the Enzo. We have no idea what would possess him to do such a thing, but he did. We don’t know that thought even crossed his mind, but it did.
We’re not going to blame you if you don’t watch the video. Trust us, it’s very painful to watch. Then again, curiosity is a funny thing; the more you don’t want to, the more you end up doing so.
Gemballa has definitely made a name for itself when it comes to tuning a remarkable vehicle like the Porsche Carrera GT or the Porsche 970 Panamera. In fact, they have been doing so for the past 27 years and will probably continue to do so for another 27 more. What is absolutely remarkable about this company is not its ability to tune a Porsche—we know they can do that—it’s their ability to do anything else on top of it. Take, for example, this Gemballa MIG-U1 based Ferrari Enzo. This car is currently on sale on Jameslist.com by The Car Experience. It has a gasoline-powered V12 engine with a semi-automatic gearbox producing 700hp. It makes the 0-60 sprint in 3.2 seconds and has a top speed of 218mph. Only 25 of these super-tuned, highly erotic vehicles were produced, each with a unique individualized style.
The Gemballa MIG-U1 based Ferrari Enzo features a front skirt that has a spoiler lip adding 77lbs of additional downforce, door extensions to the diffuser and rear spoiler, a rear flap that lowers itself at speeds of 75mph, and an optional electro-hydraulic height adjustment that can lift the car up by 1.7 inches is available. The car that is currently on sale is white with a red and black interior and only has about 13 miles on it. The price is only available upon request, but after taking a look around, we found Ferrari Enzos at a price range of $1.1-1.8million (US). Of course, those weren’t tuned by Gemballa.
This video is not for the weak of heart and for the sake of our sanity and well-being, let us all hope that something like this never happens again.
To be honest, this is probably the most excruciating 30-second video we’ve ever seen featuring a Ferrari Enzo, and the super car wasn’t even involved in a car crash. What you’re about to see is something that we strongly and vehemently advise any of you who happens to have a Ferrari Enzo to not, under any circumstances, try this at home.
Put it this way: when you’re trying to put a car that’s as rare and expensive as a Ferrari Enzo inside a trailer, please make sure you have enough space to do so.
Sure, the driver was able to safely bring the Enzo inside the trailer, but if you see the wiggle room – or lack thereof - he had to work with, it probably didn’t even have an inch to spare. A Ferrari fanatic with a weaker heart would’ve probably fainted at the mere sight of this.
From the weird to the mind-boggling, Craigslist has them all in abundance.
When it comes to cars, the online classifieds has seen its fare share of exclusive special editions being sold at whopping prices. Now, you can add a new car to that list.
RUF Auto Centre, a car dealership based out of Texas has put up a pre-owned 2003 Ferrari Enzo for sale at $1.275 million. Details surrounding the car are subject to inquiries but RUF assures anybody who’s interested that the Enzo has undergone a rigorous pre-purchase inspection ensuring everyone that it is, above all things, genuine and authentic.RUF even says that they have Ferrari-trained technicians that insure that all of their Ferrari cars are handled properly and efficiently.
So if you can afford a Ferrari Enzo without having to sell your organs at the black market, we suggest that you give RUF Auto Centre a call. They just might have the car you’ve long been waiting for.