Once every decade or so, Ferrari comes out with a world-beating, benchmark-setting supercar that demonstrates the Italian company’s latest technology and insatiable thirst for speed. The first real car to pull this off was the Ferrari F40. It was the last car Enzo himself signed off on, it was the first carbon fiber bodied car, it was the first production car to hit 200 mph, and it was built to celebrate the companies 40th birthday. After the F40 came the F50. A limited run model of only 349 cars, the F50 was again one of the quickest cars on the road; it could hit 60 mph in only 3.7 seconds, in 1995. The mid-engined monster that followed the F50 was supposed to be one of the greatest cars that Ferrari had ever created. It had an all-new engine and an array of Formula One technologies. The car was going to be so great, so rather than christen it the F60, Ferrari decided to name it after the company’s founder. This is the Ferrari Enzo.
The Enzo made huge waves through the industry when it debuted, and it remains one of Ferrari’s most loved and sought-after modern models. Only 400 of these incredible machines were ever produced, and each one is special. Keep reading to find out why.
Updated 08/18/2016: Our guy Jonathan Lopez is present at the 2016 Monterey Car Week and he took a series of shots for the Ferrari Enzo - aka one of the best supercars ever built by the Italian company. Check them out in the picture gallery.
Continue reading to find out more about the Ferrari Enzo.
One year ago, Zahir Rana’s Ferrari Enzo FXX went for a skinny dip straight into the Atlantic Ocean. Normally, a dive like that for an exotic car like this one would’ve been a death knell for the prized exotic.
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!
The Ferrari Enzo may be one of the few cars in the world that doesn’t need any modifications, as it looks absolutely stunning right off the assembly line. But as luck would have it, there are always a few tuners around that know just what accessories to add for that personal touch of awesome. And we have to admit little touches, like a new set of wheels, can make a big difference.
This special Ferrari Enzo has been equipped with a new set of ADV5.2SL wheels wrapped in Pirelli tires. For the wheel finish, ADV.1 used their popular polished gunmetal lip / matte black center combination. That’s it. Nothing else was touched, nothing else was fixed. It may be a small upgrade, but the black from the wheels does wonders to compliment the Ferrari’s luscious, red exterior paint job.
Maybe people are starting to take a step back from the Enzo as a show of respect for the dreadful fate experienced by ZR Auto’s Enzo which took a drive into the Atlantic Ocean recently.
It’s not hard to imagine what the world would be like if Ferrari did come out with a successor to the venerable Enzo supercar. As one of the meanest and most awesome supercars to come out of Maranello in history, the Ferrari Enzo certainly has no equal – that is unless a successor to it comes along down the road.
In the event that our fantasy does come true, concept designer Peter Simon already has an idea of what he thinks the Enzo successor is going to look like.
Featuring a far more aggressive nose and front end than the real Enzo, Simon’s concept work is the personification of a car that certainly poses a design identity that’s all its own.
According to Simon, the inspiration behind his work was taken from – get this – human and animal bones. Simon took his inspiration, weird as it sounds, and combines with the flair of Maranello to create a striking study that boasts of swooping angles that we’ve never seen from an actual Prancing Horse.
We have to give props to Peter Simon for the ingenuity and the rather out-of-the-box approach to his work. We just don’t think that an Enzo successor – if or when it does come out – would look anything like this.
When we hear the world Gemballa thoughts of highly modified Porsche Cayennes and super tuned Carrera GTs, however it comes at no surprise that this Gundam winged Ferrari Enzo super car comes from the same stable as Tornados and Mirages. The Gemballa MIG-U1 will be limited to only 25 units, every single one of them being individually adjusted.
Gemballa is remaining a bit tight lipped about the specifics surrounding the MIG U1 and won’t reveal any of the tuned super car’s official details until the invitation only launch in Dubai. The kit looks like it started as a take on Ferrari’s FXX program and then morphed into something more reminiscent of a stealth bomber with its pronounced wing and assortment of scoops all covered in a coat of Championship White. On the inside, the Enzo’s business only attitude has been given a bit of a plush makeover with special quilted red Alcantara covering the seats, steering wheel and interior trim as well as an in dash LCD screen to control the MIG’s in car entertainment system. Once again the German tuner has shown us their ability to take an already attractive high performance machine and completely transform it into something unrecognizably out of this world.
Updated 01/14/10: Thanks to an optimized engine management and a specially tuned exhaust system, the 6.5 Liter Ferrari V12 now develops a maximum output of 700 HP. Meanwhile Gemballa revealed all the highly modified Enzo’s possible exterior colors. Check out the gallery to see them all.
Press release after the jump.
Edo Competition today unveiled a new tuning kit for the powerful Ferrari Enzo.
The Edo Ferrari Enzo is powered by a V12 engine that now develops 700 hp thank to new exhaust headers, a high-flow catalytic converter, a performance muffler, a modified intake with ram-air system, high-flow air filters and an ECU recalibration.
It can hit a top speed of 230 mph and makes the 0 to 60 mph sprint in 3.5 seconds.
Full specifications after the jump.