The Ferrari Enzo: History and Specs

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Ferrari Enzo was one of the greatest modern supercar made by Ferrari. Named after its founder show how special the car is. It is also considered to be the first hypercar ever built. More than a decade old and it is still one of the best looking Classic Modern Supercar out on the tarmac.

 

 

Ferrari Enzo Key Facts

 

  • Ferrari Enzo was produced from 2003 to 2005
  • Priced at around $659,0000 when launched
  • First Hypercar of 2002s
  • F1 technology used
  • A limited production run of only 400 units.
  • Maserati later used the Ferrari Enzo to make another legendary Supercar the Maserati MC12 Stradale

 

Ferrari Enzo History

 

Ferrari is known for its cars and racing heritage, and once in every decade, Ferrari comes out with a car that takes the supercar world by storm and sets a benchmark like no other in the car industry. The first car made by Ferrari to set a benchmark for modern supercars was the Ferrari F40, which was the last car Enzo Ferrari himself worked on. This was also the first car to have a full carbon fibre body and was built to celebrate Ferrari’s 40th anniversary, also the 1st production car to hit 200mph, then came in 1995 the Ferrari F50 which was also the fastest car back then but was rather not that successful. Now the car that followed the F50 is considered to be the most successful and greatest car Ferrari have ever built. Also, it’s considered to be the first real Hypercar. It was the Ferrari Enzo and named directly after the company founder to show how special the car was. Powered by a mid-mounted 6.0 Litre naturally aspirated V12 engine and used lots of F1 technology made the Ferrari Enzo way ahead of its time.

 

Like every other Ferrari supercar, there was a limited production run of only 400 cars and each one is special in its own terms. Its only been more than a decade and the Enzo now goes for more than a million $. To know more continue reading.

 

Design

 

The Ferrari Enzo had a completely new design and that was never seen on any Ferrari until then. It was designed by Ken Okuyama, Pininfarina’s chief designer at the time. Its predecessor the F50 was also a design masterpiece and was an evolution over the legendary Ferrari F40, the Enzo didn’t shared much of any design cues from those two Ferraris. Okuyama took a clean sheet of paper and designed an F1-inspired front with a pointy nose sitting ahead of the long V-shaped front lid that can be seen in the pictures. Even the front air vents placed in the bumper were designed to resemble a F1 car’s front wing or splitter. This design was well appreciated by people in the Supercar world and even after a decade it looks very modern and fairly new. The headlamps design put down by Ferrari on the Enzo was also very striking and give the Enzo its distinct look. There were two more vents on each side of the front hood for better cooling of the engine.

 

On the sides, the Enzo gets butterfly doors as any other supercar should have and there are two large vents on each side for more air intake along with large side skirts. At the rear, the Enzo gets a clean design with four round taillamps from the F50 but a large carbon fibre diffuser flanked with four exhaust two on each side.

 

Ferrari Enzo Exterior Dimensions

Wheelbase

2,650mm (104 in)

Length

4,702mm (185.1 in)

Width

2,035mm (80.1 in)

Height

1,147mm (45.2 in)

Curb weight

1,255kg (2,767 lb)

 

Engine, Chassis and Performance

 

Ferrari Enzo V12 engine
Ferrari Enzo NA V12 engine | Ferrari

 

Like the gorgeous carbon fiber body, the Enzo gets its power from a newly designed Naturally Aspirated 6.0-liter V12 engine which produced 651 HP and 657.57 NM of torque and can redline up to 8500 RPM. Those were huge numbers considering the early 2000s. The engine itself featured some cool techs like four valves per cylinder, dual overhead cams, variable valve timing system making it a technological marvel. All this power is transferred to the rear wheels via an F1 derived automated dual-clutch transmission. With these kinds of power and gearbox working together the Enzo with a curb weight of only 1,255 kg can propel from 0-100kmph in just 3.14 secs and reach 100mph in 6.6 secs which are still some very impressive numbers.

 

The F40 and F50 also featured carbon fiber chassis and body components but were rather basic compared to the Enzo and with the benchmark-setting Enzo, Ferrari took it to another level. The carbon fiber construction used fairly new technology making the car much lighter and stronger than its predecessor, it was also much durable and prone to degradation.

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This made the Enzo very lightweight and combining with technology like traction control, active aero, carbon ceramic brakes it was a very capable car and holds a record of 7:25-minute lap time on the Nurburgring Nordschleife that was set in 2008 while a test was conducted by Evo Magazine. That’s quicker than the Porsche Carrera GT and the Pagani Zonda F Clubsport which are some of the great cars from that era, but was slower than the Maserati MC12 which was built using Enzo’s platform.

 

Ferrari Enzo Drivetrain Specifications

Type

6.0 Litre Naturally Aspirated V12

Bore/Stroke

92x75.2 mm

Displacement

5998.80 cc

Compression Ratio

11.2 : 1

Horsepower

660 HP @ 7,800 RPM

Torque

657.57 NM @5,500 RPM

Transmission

6 Speed Semi-Automatic

0-60 Mph 

3.14 Sec

0-100 Mph

6.6 Sec

Quater Mile

11 Sec @ 136 Mph 

Top Speed

221 Mph or 355.66 Kmh

 

Interior

 

Ferrari Enzo Interior
Ferrari Enzo Interior | Automobilemag.com

 

The Enzo Ferrari was designed from inside out keeping racing in mind but it was way more modern and luxurious in the inside than any other previous Ferrari Supercars. It featured a LeMans styled cockpit but used luxurious materials like high-quality leather matching the color of the body.

 

To access the interior there are butterfly doors and it sure feels like a race car for the road once you get behind the steering wheel. The interior used mostly carbon-fiber that includes the seats covered in leather. The dashboard has large aircon vents and an instrument cluster that features a combination of both analog and digital displays, an analog 400km/h speedometer, and a 10,000-rpm tachometer. The center console was kept basic but gets the Red Start button as the highlight.

 

The steering wheel was very complex and featured racecar-like features. It was flat at the top for better visibility and gets shift lights as an F1 car does also six additional buttons and like any other Ferrari car, most of the controls were stacked by in the steering itself. A “Mode” button allowed the driver to browse through driving modes while pressing the “Race” button adjusted the dampers for race conditions. Pressing another button turned traction control on and off, while a “Lift” button lifted the front end by around 1.5 inches that help to clear some bumps as the car was super low for better aerodynamics also a “Reverse” button was used for selecting the reverse gear.

 

Other highlights on the interior was a plaque with Enzo Ferrari’s signature and drilled aluminum pedals. Other things were fairly kept basic on the Interior of Enzo, it didn’t come with any power windows or a sound system but who needed to listen to music when you can listen to the sweet symphony made by the Naturally Aspirated motor in the back. But even then it was more luxurious than any other race-spec Ferrari at that time.

 

Ferrari Enzo Price and Competition

 

When the Enzo was launched back in 2002 it had a sticker price of $659,330, which made it the most expensive Ferrari ever built at that time. It was offered to existing customers owning a Ferrari F40 or F50. Initially, only 349 cars were produced but 50 more were built taking the production number to 399 cars. In 2004, Ferrari built the  400th Enzo and donated to the Vatican for charity.

In less than a decade the Enzo doubled up its value and now its considered one of the most valuable and expensive modern classic Ferrari. Now its sells for more than $1 million in Auction events.

Talking about competition no cars can be compared the mighty Enzo other than a Ferrari itself but the cars that came out at that time was Porche Carrera GT and Mercedes SLR McLaren which were considered to be rivaling the Enzo, also came in the Lamborghini Murcielago. But Maserati came out with MC12 Stradale that was based on the Enzo itself. Interestingly it was much bigger and faster than the Enzo.

 

Also See:

Maserati MC12 Stradale: Maserati Flagship From 2004.

Bugatti Bolide Hypercar with 1825 HP Unveiled

Gordon Murray T.50 654 HP V12 Hypercar Revealed

Lamborghini Sesto Elemento: Fastest Accelerating Lamborghini

 

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