After initial rumors and reports that Ferrari would unveil the highly anticipated flagship at the 2013 North American International Auto Show (NAIAS), now, according to Autoblog.com, reports suggest that Ferrari hasn’t finalized the plans for a worldwide launch. So, Ferrari enthusiasts who have penned down the date on their calendar will sadly have to strike them off.
On the other hand, the Prancing Horse might consider a private launch, separate from all the big car shows, so that they can grab more attention and more people to drool over it. A likely reason for its change of plans is because of the unveiling of the sister brand’s - Maserati - next generation Quattroporte. If debuted at the same show, the F70 would’ve drawn the entire Detroit population towards its stand leaving the Maserati stand deserted.
According to previous reports and a spy shot of the engine bay, the Ferrari F70 is expected to get a V12 engine with an F1-inspired KERS system that will pump out a combined output of 920 hp (686 kW). The supercar could have a curb weight of only 1134 kg (2500 lbs) thanks to a 20 percent lighter chassis made from carbon fibre. The carbon tub that underpins the F70 was shown off at the Paris Motor Show which was enough to increase the excitement and anticipation of its launch.
Last week, at the 2012,Paris Auto Show, Ferrari unveiled a unique composite chassis for the upcoming F70 hybrid supercar. Today, a leaked scan from Ferrari Magazine Number 18 revealed a few more details on the future hybrid powertrain. The image shows a big V12 engine and, of course, a lot of power lines that are part of the hybrid KERS system.
This image doesn’t help in identifying the exterior or interior design of the future supercar, but it does give us an idea of the power source. We still are waiting for the official details, but rumors suggest that the next F70 will combine a 900 HP V-12 engine and a 120 HP KERS system for a total output of more than 1000 HP.
This combustion engine links to a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission. On the electrical side, you have a series of components working together for optimal efficiency. On the backside of the seven-speed trans, you have a high-power traction motor. This motor electrifies the seven-speed trans, adding to the power the engine delivers to it. Attached to the gasoline engine is an auxiliary generator that charges the batteries, as needed. Lastly, on top of the transmission is the hybrid power unit, which features two inverters and a smart cooling system.
The next Ferrari F70 is expected to make its world debut in March 2013 at the Geneva Motor Show, so stay tuned!
We received an email today from some random Ferrari dealer saying that we had been chosen as a potential buyer for the upcoming F70. Attached to this email was an image. We had never seen it before so we all got excited that maybe Ferrari mistakenly emailed out the official images ahead of time… Until Google kicked us down 13 notches by showing us that it was a little-known rendition by Constantin-Gabriel Radu.
After kicking the ground a few times like a 10-year old scolded by his mommy, we then realized that said email did contain a few bits of information that we need to pass on. First and foremost, we have been anticipating a 2013 release of the F70, but apparently, it is much closer to being done than the test mules running around town are showing us, as the email says that the F70 will be released “in a few weeks.”
The second bit of information is even more impressive, as the email lets us know that the F70 will exceed the 1,000-horsepower mark with its 900-plus-horsepower V-12 and a 120-horsepower KERS system. We had been under the impression that the F70 would have at least 20 fewer ponies.
The third and final bit of info is the fact that the Ferrari F70 will sit atop the supercar world as the fastest serial-numbered street car in the world. That means it will trump the mighty Bugatti Veyron Super Sport’s 258 mph record.
Though the leaked images would beat this information by a long shot, this is still extremely cool to hear. Stay tuned for more information.
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.
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.
Until recently, the details we had on the Ferrari F70 were that it would come with a 7.3-liter V12 engine combined with the company’s HY-KERS system for a total of 920 HP. Now, new details suggest that the Enzo successor will in fact be even more powerful, boasting a biturbo engine, most likely a V12, combined with the HY-KERS system and a four-wheel drive system for a mouthwatering 1000 HP. It just keeps getting better and better!
This information was provided by a client who has already ordered the F70, making it extremely plausible. In a previous statement, Ferrari CEO Montezemolo said: "We want to surprise people not just in terms of price but also with the car itself." A full 1000 HP when we only expected 920 HP is surely a huge and welcoming surprise!
The future F70’s V12 engine will be mated to a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission and a high-power traction motor that electrifies the seven-speed trans, adding to the power the engine delivers to it. Attached to the gasoline engine is an auxiliary generator that charges the batteries, as needed. Lastly, on top of the transmission is the hybrid power unit, which features two inverters and a smart cooling system.
The new Ferrari F70 will be making its world debut in March 2013, at the Geneva Motor Show.
There have been all kinds of rumors about what kind of beast will power the upcoming Ferrari Enzo, starting with the first rumor of a turbocharged V8 engine and going up to a hybrid V12 engine. Now, MotorTrend is stating the engine will be the same 6.3-liter V12 found in the F12 Berlinetta. Sorry, F12 Berlinetta, but your reign won’t last long, because the future Enzo will end up being the most powerful Ferrari available with an incredible 920 HP.
This would mean that previous rumors stating the shared 6.3L V12 engine were correct, but output was miscalculated. The next Enzo - or F70 as it is codenamed - will get a tuned engine delivering 800 HP - and not 740 HP as in the F12. When combined with the 120 HP electric motor, the new Enzo will deliver a total of 920 HP. With a total weight of around 2550 lbs, the new Enzo will easily beat the Veyron’s 0 to 62mph sprint time of 2.46 seconds.
Expect to see the new Ferrari Enzo launched in March 2013 at the Geneva Motor Show. When it goes on sale, it will start off at about $700,000.
Here’s the good news: When Ferrari promoted the new F12berlinetta as the most powerful Ferrari in history, they probably did so with a sly smile on their faces knowing that they’re producing another supercar that will put even the F12berlinetta in its place.
The highly-anticipated successor to the Ferrari Enzo, codenamed the ’F70’, is poised to carry a 7.3-liter V12 engine that will develop in excess of 800 horsepower, and one that will receive close to 120 horsepower courtesy of a hybrid system. Do your math and that’s around 60 ponies more than what the F12berlinetta is capable of.
Now for the bad news: For those expecting the Italian automaker to introduce the F70 this year - and really, all indications led to that happening - you’re going to have to wait a little while longer because according to Auto News Europe, Ferrari will hold off on the debut of the supercar until either the 2013 NAIAs or the 2013 Geneva Motor Show.
The automaker still has plans to debut the car this year, but that will only be limited to a private unveiling with only a handful of VIP guests in attendance. Expect to be surprised when it comes to pricing because Montezemolo said: "We want to surprise people not just in terms of price but also with the car itself."
So there you have it, folks. The hype surrounding the F70 just got more interesting with the only caveat being that we’re going to have to wait a little longer to see the F70 in the flesh.
Before anyone begins to even dream about owning any of these cars, we feel we have to give fair warning that purchasing any one of them will probably cost a few arms and legs. Of course, for anyone whose bank account has never felt the dryness that most of ours have, then listen up.
Forbes - yeah, we all know them - has released a Top 10 list of the World’s Most Expensive Cars. Think forking over $100,000 on a car is already a financial burden? Well, think again. Not only are these cars fast and powerful, but they command a pretty steep price tag, which is only affordable to those people that have as much money as we have lottery tickets.
Something of note for this list is that there are two cars that have yet to be unveiled, let alone given a price tag. Their respective prices are then assumptions by Forbes and may change the list once the actual prices have been revealed.
Another thing that we noticed is the conspicuous absence of the Aston Martin One-77, which, at $1.77 million, is easily one of the most expensive cars in the world. Forbes normally covers a lot of holes on their list, but they clearly made one oversight there.
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).