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 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!
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.
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.