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.
The Ferrari 458 Italia Spider had a pretty big 2012 and 2013 is starting out pretty quickly for the entry –level Ferrari, as Capristo has unveiled its first tuning kit of the year for said model. The tuner is quite famous here at TopSpeed and only last year we saw a sweet tuning kit offered for the Lamborghini Aventador.
As usual, changes the tuner is offering are not overwhelming, but they do add to the overall character of the 458 Italia. From factory, the 458 Italia comes with an aluminum roof to help keep its curb weight to a minimum and Capristo has additionally lowered the car’s weight by replacing the stock hood with a new one made in carbon-fiber unit that features lengthwise inlaid glass and additional vents for better engine cooling.
The price for this update is pretty high, and if you are interested you will have to pay about €9800 (about $12,850 at the current exchange rates). For the money, you will also get the hood painted in the color you desire.
Not too overly exciting, but a cool addition for an owner looking to save a few pounds.
Ferrari brought the California onto the market in 2008 and it shortly became one of the best-selling models in the automaker’s lineup, thanks to its relatively low price of $192,000. On the other hand, there are people who consider the California a little bit too soft to wear the prancing-horse badge, so Ferrari has already started to tweak the next-generation in an attempt to make it a little bit more worthy of the brand.
The latest prototypes caught testing around the Fiorano test circuit reveal that one of the most impressive changes will be made under the hood. It appears that the current 4.3-liter V-8 engine will be replaced by a turbocharged version of the company’s new V-8 family that also sees use in the Maserati Quattroporte.
A clear indication of the new engine is the raised bonnet and the extra cooling vents, but of course Ferrari insiders have denied such a possibility. Still, you have to consider that on previous statements, Ferrari confirmed that the company is working on downsizing engines — a must, considering the new emission regulations. On the other hand it is unlikely for Ferrari to invest £40 million (about $65 million) in a facility that will develop a V-8 engine exclusively for Maserati.
Rumors suggest that the next California will be powered by a new 3.8-liter V-8 engine with an output of at least 450 horsepower — a number that will match the California’s current output, but will deliver improved fuel economy and lower CO2 emissions.
Expect to see the new Ferrari California launched sometime in late 2014 with sales to begin in 2015.
Just weeks after DMC Tuning revealed its 10-piece Lamborghini Aventador LP900 Special Edition program, the German tuning company appears to be stretching its arms and legs by preparing for another limited-edition project: a one-off program for the Ferrari F12berlinetta.
Nothing has been confirmed, but a recent trip to DMC Tuning’s Facebook page showed a photo of the mighty Italian supercar being loaded into a huge container with a caption that reads: "Lufthansa Flight LH7321 Beijing to Frankfurt, we’re waiting for you dear!"
Normally, we wouldn’t read too much into this, except for that part that said "Beijing," which seems to suggest that the supercar belongs to a Chinese customer looking to have his F12berlinetta dressed and modded to the kind of standards that DMC Tuning has earned for itself.
We’re still eagerly waiting for updates regarding this F12berlinetta. Whatever the case may be, should this supercar get the DMC Tuning treatment, we’re expecting something that’ll blow us away.
A while ago, Ferrari celebrated reaching the milestone of having 8 million Facebook fans with a very cool video showing the 458 Italia doing burnouts. But now that 2 million more fans have been added to the mix, bringing the total to 10 million fans, Ferrari has prepared something a little bit more special.
This time, Ferrari produced a funny animation video featuring Ferrari chairman Luca di Montezemolo, Formula One drivers Felipe Massa and Fernando Alonso, and the automaker’s 10 million “fans.” Well, not exactly, but we do not want to ruin the surprise so we will let you watch the video to see what we are talking about!
Now we are pretty curious to see what Ferrari will prepare when it hits 15 million Facebook fans. Maybe a contest with a sweet prize, like, maybe a 458 Italia or something like that…
We couldn’t end the year without a new tuning kit offered for the Ferrari 458 Italia. That’s like ending the year without fireworks. For the last time in 2012, a new tuner, one based in Dubai called Different Car, has produced a pretty cool body kit for the Italian supercar. In fact, this thing shouldn’t come as a big surprise to anyone considering Arabs like to take their cars to the extreme.
The entire body kit is made from carbon fiber and includes a new front bumper with two sharp corners that offers the car’s front a completely different look. The package continues with bigger air intakes, a big diffuser and vertical panels. Finally, the kit ends with a new rear spoiler that provides the car an even more aggressive look.
No changes were made under the hood, but the standard V8 engine is quite enough for the sports car, one that delivers a total of 570 horsepower at 9000 RPM, allowing the car to sprint from 0 to 60 MPH in just 3.4 seconds with a top speed of up to 202 MPH.
Ferrari Corse Client, in cooperation with motorsports firm Michelotto Automobili, is currently testing the 2013 specification 458 Italia GT3. The test was held behind closed doors at the Adria circuit today, but the company was kind enough to offer us some initial details of the 2013 458 GT3 race car.
After being initially unveiled in 2011, the 458 GT3 scored important title wins in Europe and Asia. For the 2013 racing season, the model received numerous updates, including a new aerodynamic bodywork and subtle changes to the drivetrain and suspension. The engine will once again remain unchanged, so expect a 4.5-liter V8 engine with an output limited to 550 HP - unlike the road-going version which delivers 570 HP - as per FIA regulations.
Based on the 458 Italia, the GT3 version proved to be one of the most successful cars ever built in Maranello. It won the Asia GT3 series and also scored impressive results in the Open GT, the Blancpain Endurance Championship and the International GT Sprint series.
With a revised aero kit, there’s no telling how much success the 2013 model will have when it hits the racing tarmac.
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.
Back in February a 1962 Ferrari 250 GTO has been sold for an amazing £20.2 million - or about $32 million at the current exchange rates. Now one Ferrari 250 GTO Series 1 unit has been listed at Anamera.com for an even more impressive $41 million.
Ferrari produced only 39 250 GTO units between 1962 and 1964 and it is being considered to be one of the greatest Ferrari models ever built. Most of the work has been made by Chief engineer Giotto Bizzarrini and designer Sergio Scaglietti whom have spent hours in the wind tunnels and on the race tracks perfecting the body of the GTO. The result was a top speed of 174 mph.
The model is powered by a 3.0-liter Colombo V12 engine used in the Test Rossa. This was an aluminum engine with magnesium cam covers, six 38 DCN Weber carburetors, and a dry sump oil system. The engine delivers a total of 300 horsepower and sprints the car from 0 to 60 mph in just 6.1 seconds.
So instead of crashing against the waves, Ferrari decided to ride it, officially releasing the first teaser of the Enzo’s successor. It’s not all that clear, but it’s clear enough to make out a few of the design features of the supercar’s rear. A low roofline looks to be part of the F70’s overall design with a bubble cockpit that was done to presumably increase the headroom for both the driver and the passenger.
More clearly though, are the taillights that, not surprisingly, are connected by a long horizontal braking light similar to the automaker’s existing lineup. A retractable rear wing could also be part of the rear profile, although it’s not distinctly visible in the rendering. We expect one, nonetheless, similar to what the Enzo used to have.