Until now, we have only seen prototype versions of the Ferrari Enzo successor and all of them featured an exterior design inspired by the Ferrari 458 Italia. New details, however, suggest that the model, which is internally known as the F150, will take its design inspiration from the 1963 Ferrari 250 LM (Le Mans).
The 1963 250 LM was supposed to be a successor to the 250 GTO. It was designed by Pininfarina and was offered with a mid-rear engine layout. Up front is pretty difficult to see any similarities between the new Enzo and the old 250 LM, but at the rear it is pretty clear that the F150 will feature the same bulging fenders and circular taillights as seen in the classic 250 LM.
The model will be presented this month to a very select range of customers and will make its world debut at the 2013 Geneva Motor Show. Ferrari will limit this much-anticipated supercar to only 500 units and it will be priced at about €1 million (about $1.3 million at the current exchange rates).
Okay, if you have ever wanted to own a Ferrari Enzo, but just don’t have the $1 million, or more, in the bank needed to procure one, you may consider a kit car as a viable option. Well, kit cars, for the most part, share little with the car they are designed after and are typically powered by an engine that isn’t going to get you anywhere fast (See: Fieraris).
Sometimes, however, you come across a kit car that is about as close as you can get to the original at a relative bargain and we have one for you now. Straight off of the German subsite of Ebay (Ebay.de), we have a BFE-AE 750 – an Enzo lookalike – that also packs quite a punch with its 5.0-liter V-12 BMW engine that cranks out 400 horsepower and 500 Nm (368 pound-feet) of torque. Sure, that’s a far cry from the 660 horsepower and 657 pound-feet of torque the original Enzo made, but that’s enough to fool most people into believing.
Where this kit car really will fool people is from the outside, as it is literally identical to the Enzo, from a distance. The only flaws we can make out is the shape of the rear window and that the bodylines on the nose don’t quite match up to the body. It even has the Ferrari badges, which the poster wisely blacked out to avoid issues from German authorities that like to impound illegal kit cars.
Now, it loses us once you get inside, as you just cannot replicate the Enzo’s interior that closely. But, unless the person riding is lucky enough to have been inside a real Enzo (I sure haven’t) he would have no idea what it’s supposed to look like.
What really puts this over the top is that its current bid is only at €40,043.33 (about $52,800 at the current rates). The reserve hasn’t been met yet, but that number looks pretty promising that this may be a steal.
So hop to it if you’re in the market for a pretty sick kit car that actually has some cajones under the hood.
Christmas is just a few days away and Ferrari decided to make us the coolest gift ever: more details on the upcoming Enzo successor - internally known as the F150. First, Ferrari offered full details on the powertrain system set to be used in the F150, a walloping 740-horsepower, 6.3-litre V12 engine introduced in the new F12berlinetta combined with the latest evolution of HY-KERS electric hybrid system that we first saw at the Geneva Show in 2010.
This new HY-KERS system has been described as a "performance enhancer" and Ferrari has promised it will shave about 10% off the car’s 0-200 km/h (124 mph) time. At the same time, emissions will be reduced by 40%. The new HY-KERS system will also enhance the supercar’s torque vectoring system, traction control and brake force distribution that will generate kinetic energy to charge the batteries.
Ferrari also paid lots of attention to the batteries used in this system so that the electric motor/ancillaries/battery unit will deliver a weight-to-power ratio of one.
As previously reported, the next F150 will feature a carbon-fiber monocoque. For its development, Ferrari used a total of four different types of carbon-fiber - all of them hand-laminated and the cured in autoclaves, resulting in an increased torsional rigidity of 27% and beam stiffness by 22% compared to the Enzo.
The next F150 will be as tall as the 458 Italia and the interior will be fully designed around driver. The model will be offered with fixed seat designed according to the customer’s dimensions and with an adjustable pedal box and steering wheel.
But give credit to Rana, who refused to accept the death of his beloved Enzo FXX. Instead of letting rust ruin the Enzo, Rana had the supercar sent back to Edo Competition in Germany to have it completely restored.
After over a year of rebuilding the supercar, the result has finally been released.
Meet the Ferrari Enzo ZXX.
No official press release has been made regarding the reborn Enzo, although we do know based on previous information we’ve received that the car will now carry an output of 950 horsepower, 110 ponies more than what it used to had. To give the car a new shine, Edo Competition also added extensive modifications to the original bodywork, highlighted by a new front nose, added side air vents, LED lights on the front, and a new bespoke interior that probably wouldn’t want to get its digs wet this time around.
From a car that appeared to be headed to the yard, a whole lot of people contributed to somehow turn this project around. And might we say, the result is as breathtaking as it once was.
UPDATE 12/18/12: YouTube user keno0311 managed to take a video of the Enzo ZXX being started and ensuing revs that’ll ring your ears. Check out the video after the jump and remember, turn up the volume!
So Ferrari really doesn’t have any new models to display in Paris, per se, but it still dropped a huge bomb on us all. We are already anticipating the new hybrid Ferrari in the coming years, but we’re not too certain exactly when to expect it nor are we too sure what it’ll look like.
We do, however, now know that this new hybrid will boast one of the most advanced chassis ever to grace the public roadways. Ferrari gathered up all of its data over the decades of racing it has done and managed to piece together a composite chassis that this upcoming hybrid will boast.
There are four different types of carbon fiber that make up this chassis and each layer is carefully hand laminated, then cured in autoclaves. The process starts simply with T800 carbon. Ferrari then carefully applies T800UD – carbon-fiber tape – over specific areas of the T800 to add a little strength. Engineers then manufacture the underbody and cross member from high-tensile carbon fibers (M46J). From there, the doors and other critical areas are formed from T1000 carbon-fiber – the same carbon fiber that graces the nose of F1 cars. Finally, the undertray is done up in carbon-fiber, but with one significant difference: a nice layer of Kevlar to prevent damage from projectiles.
In all, this advanced chassis development will save about 20 percent off of the Ferrari Enzo, the car this new hybrid is slated to succeed, even though the hybrid system adds significant weight. Last, this ultra-modern chassis will boast 27 percent more torsional rigidity and its beam stiffness will increase by 22 percent. This not only makes the car stronger, but it will also increase its handling capabilities.
It’s not too often that we can say a chassis makes us excited, but one this advanced certainly does. Plus, the video that Ferrari released regarding it is simply bad-ass.
Click past the jump to read Ferrari’s press release.
The Ferrari Enzo’s successor - also known as the F70 - was recently caught warming up in the streets outside Maranello. Unfortunately, the sports car was still heavily camouflaged, but you can still get a glance of its aggressive look, which may come from the borrowed design elements from the 458 Italia and FF Berlinetta. Also visible in this video is the FXX-like rear-end. Ferrari has already stated that the supercar’s new design will be based on a "three arc" philosophy: the front arc is the tightest in diameter; the middle one is the largest; and the rear arc is somewhat larger than that in the front and extends rearward until it ends abruptly.
The future Ferrari F70 is rumored to get a 7.3-liter V12 engine combined with the company’s HY-KERS system for a total output of 1000 HP. Of course, these are just speculative numbers, but we can be sure that the end result will be just as dynamic as rumors are stating.
More details on the new Ferrari Enzo will be unveiled soon, so stay tuned!
When an exotic animal somehow ends up on the streets, people run away from it. But when that exotic is a car in the form of the Ferrari F70, you can’t get your eyes off of it.
The official successor to the iconic Ferrari Enzo was recently spotted prowling the public roads in camouflage guise. Something about this car just renders people speechless. This two-minute-and-something video shows the F70 undergoing a series of test runs and while nothing has been finalized by Ferrari regarding the super-duper car, we’re no less excited to see the car grow from being just a rumor a few years ago to seeing something tangible getting a road shake-down.
The most recent rumors of the F70 has it being powered by a bi-turbo engine with the HY-KERS system and a four-wheel drive system, one that could produce an estimated 1,000 horsepower!
In terms of design, CarAndDriver recently reported that the F70 will be designed based on a "three arc" philosophy that involves the front arc being the tightest in diameter; the middle one being the largest; and the rear arc being larger than that in the front and extending rearward until it ends abruptly.
This very cool video was recorded at the Ferrari Corse Clienti days at circuit Spa Francorchamps. There were tons of Ferrari Enzo FXX, 599XX Evo, and some former Ferrari Formula 1 cars at the event, but this video features three Enzo FXX warming up their engines before they go on the track.
We probably don’t have to tell you this, but you may want to turn up your volumes and sit back because the sounds from these engines are nothing short of spectacular.
As a reminder, the Ferrari Enzo FXX is powered by a 6,262 cc V12 engine that can punch out over 800 HP at 8,500 rpm. With this amount of power, the car can go from 0 to 60 mph in just 2.8 seconds and up to an impressive top speed of 217 mph.
Amidst reports that the Ferrari F70 will deliver upwards of 1000 horsepower, a mule was recently spotted doing the rounds near the company’s Maranello factory. It was sporting minimal camouflage and the following two spy shots give us an indication of what the production car could look like.
Despite it being obvious that this particular test mule has loads of fake body panels on to try and deceive spy photographers, one clear detail which seems to have been retained from the Enzo are its upward-swinging doors based on the position of the door handles and the panel gaps from the door which stretch over half of the roof on either side.
Add to that the low hunkered-down look of this test car and it seems obvious that the new F70 will have similar proportions to the original Enzo albeit with vastly different body work in order to bring the retro looks of the Enzo into the modern world.
The images were first posted onto FerrariChat, and one forum member went on to speculate that an F70 with no camo will be previewed at a few very select events in the coming months, although we’ll have to take that information with a pinch of salt.
In saying that however, it wouldn’t surprise us if Ferrari did do so in order to drum up some customers for the F70 ahead of its rumored public release at the 2013 Geneva Motor Show.
The Ferrari Enzo’s successor has been in the pipeworks for upwards of five years now and with its launch creeping closer and closer every day, additional details are being released frequently. The latest information to be released is in regards to sales of the car codenamed the ‘F70’ and just which markets Ferrari plans to targets with its latest halo car.
The U.S. has always been one of, if not the largest sales market for Ferrari. Ever since the brand’s inception in 1929, Americans have enveloped the Italian marque and as a result of this long history between duo, Ferrari aims to target the U.S. significantly. It also hopes it will be the car’s largest market when it goes on sale next year.
A company insider who was speaking to Bloomberg released the information as well as a few other juicy details including the new car’s rumored price of $850,000 in the U.S., which will put it right in the same realm as the incredible Porsche 918 Spyder. Even though the U.S. is said to be the F70’s largest market when deliveries begin in mid or late 2013, less than 100 units are expected to make their way here if the 399 units of the Enzo which were produced are a guide as to how many of its successor will be produced.
Ferrari expects the F70 to completely reshape the automotive industry as it should pave the way for other supercars to follow and if the rumors are to be believed, it’ll feature an incredible V12 engine pumping out 800HP by itself or 920HP when combined with the advanced KERS system.