2003 Ferrari Enzo
At the Paris Motor Show in September 2002, Ferrari introduced its latest exotic sports car. Named the Enzo in honor of the companys founder, the dramatic coupe contains a 660-horsepower V-12 engine, with technology adapted from Formula One racing. Only 399 models will be built, and every one of them is already spoken for. The Enzo will cost $670,000.
According to Ferrari, the Enzo encapsulated the companys experience of winning four World Championships in the last four seasons and all the latest technology offered by Maranello Ferraris headquarters is in Italy. In-depth technical collaboration was undertaken with such companies as Brembo, Bridgestone, Magneti Marelli and OMB.
The Italian automaker says the classic styling of this car with compromises is credited to Pininfarina, one of the all-time top Italian designers. The automaker calls the Enzo its latest extreme sports car, following in the footsteps of the GTO, F40 and F50.
Dramatic barely begins to describe the shape of the Enzo, which is loaded with sculpted forms. According to the company, Pininfarina broke away from the approach used for the GTO, F40 and F50 . . . to develop a new formal language that looked to the future. Stylists sought visual links to Formula One racing and eliminated aerodynamic appendices. Composite body materials consist of sandwich panels of carbon fiber and aluminum honeycomb, which helps to eliminate weight.
With a raised center and its twin air intakes for the radiator, Ferrari says the Enzos front end is an interpretation of the Formula One nose. Distinctive front light clusters sit in longitudinal bi-xenon modules. The bodysides are flush with the outer edge of each wheel and they contrast with narrower convex central portions to suggest the Formula One belly. The rear end has the look of being driven upward, and the drop-shaped roof tapers toward the rear. No rear wing is included.
Gull-wing doors are hinged to the roof and mudguards, which Ferrari says emulates the design of some of its racing cars. Part of the roof lifts to provide access to the cockpit even from above. An adaptive, fully independent suspension can continuously control the dampers. Riding a 104.3-inch wheelbase, the Enzo is 185.1 inches long overall and stands 45.2 inches tall.
Like most Ferraris, the Enzo seats only two occupants. Racing-type seats are made of carbon fiber and come in four sizes: S, M, L or XL. In a cockpit that emphasizes functionality, all primary surfaces are in visible carbon fiber. A number of controls are grouped on the steering wheel.
Under the Hood
Ferraris new 6.0-liter V-12 engine generates 660 hp at 7,800 rpm and 485 pounds-feet of torque at 5,500 rpm. Operating with four overhead cams, the engine has four valves per cylinder, pent-roof combustion chambers and a compression ratio of 11.2-to-1. The Formula One-style six-speed rear gearbox uses electrohydraulic activation as the driver operates paddles located behind the steering wheel to change ratios. Sport and Race modes are available.
Ferrari claims the Enzo can accelerate from zero to 62 mph in 3.65 seconds and reach more than 217 mph.
Antilock brakes and anti-slip regulation are standard. Dual front airbags are installed, but side-impact airbags are not available.
Posted on 3/26/03
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