Enzo Ferrari 2002

The name of this vehicle is a tribute to the man who founded the fabulous Ferrari marque. Enzo Ferrari himself died in 1988, but his company-and its incredibly successful Formula One team-have continued to flourish.

Enzo Ferrari 2002
Enzo Ferrari 2002

Enzo Ferrari 2002

  • PLACE OF ORIGIN  Maranello, Modena, Italy
  • HISTORICAL STATUS  production car
  • ENGINE  V12-cylinder, 366ci (5,998cc)
  • MAXIMUM POWER  660bhp
  • LAYOUT  mid-mounted engine driving the rear wheels
  • BODYWORK  two-door, two-seater coupé
  • TOP SPEED  217mph (349kph)

The two-seater Enzo Ferrari drew heavy inspiration from Formula One champion Michael Schumacher’s racing machines. Like a Formula One car, the Enzo had a carbon-fiber-composite monocoque structure, body panels made from CFC/Nomex, and a V12 engine. The 6,0 I engine weighs 225 kg.

The typical round tail lights are beside the rear spoiler, a slender wing that extends at 80 kph and tilts back at 280 kph. The austerity of the equipment emphasizes the priorities in the cockpit: racing technology for road use. LED displays on the multi-function steering wheel emphasize its F1 characteristics.

There are only 2 pedals in the car, because the Enzo has a sequential six-speed gearbox, as well as start automatics, controlled by rocker switches on the steering column. However, while the racing Ferrari featured wind-cheating wings and baffles, the Enzo Ferrari relied on a cunning “active aerodynamics” system. At the front, it sported a Formula-One style raised nose and two massive air intakes to channel air up to the brakes and over the windshield.

The tail section was abruptly truncated but had no rear aerofoil; instead, huge venturis between the rear wheels sucked out air, pulling the car down hard to the road surface. It had carbon-ceramic brakes discs, too. Ferrari’s traditional design partner Pininfarina was commissioned to style the car.

The features offered by the car are its superb acceleration, active wings, acceleration skid control and very fast-acting brakes that give inexperienced drivers the necessary safety and a driving stability that is unprecedented to date, with the ability to switch off the ASR at the touch of a button.

The Enzo Ferrari accelerates from 0 to 100 kph in just 3.65 seconds and sprints from 0 to 200 in 9.5 seconds. The maximum speed is officially announced to be over 350 kph. The Enzo Ferrari will be produced in a limited edition of 399 units.

The lithe, aggressive supercar, with a functional cockpit lined with carbon fiber, hit the bullseye. Within hours of launch, all 349 Enzos were sold at £425,000 apiece, and Ferrari agreed to build 51 more only after uproar from frustrated collectors.

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