Enzo Ferrari (automobile)

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Enzo Ferrari
Ferrari Enzo - Flickr - andrewbasterfield (cropped).jpg
(493 produced)[citation needed]
AssemblyMaranello, Italy
DesignerKen Okuyama at Pininfarina
Body and chassis
ClassSports car (S)
Body style2-door berlinetta
LayoutRear mid-engine, rear-wheel drive
RelatedFerrari FXX
Maserati MC12
Engine6.0 L Tipo F140 B V12
Transmission6-speed semi-automatic
Wheelbase2,650 mm (104 in)
Length4,702 mm (185.1 in)
Width2,035 mm (80.1 in)
Height1,147 mm (45.2 in)[3]
Curb weight1,255 kg (2,767 lb) (dry)[4]
1,480 kg (3,260 lb) (curb weight)[5]
PredecessorFerrari F50
Enzo Ferrari

The Enzo Ferrari[6] (also unofficially referred to as the Ferrari Enzo) is a 12 cylinder mid-engine sports car named after the company's founder, Enzo Ferrari.[3] It was built in 2002 using Formula One technology, such as a carbon-fibre body, F1-style electrohydraulic shift transmission, and carbon fibre-reinforced silicon carbide (C/SiC) ceramic composite disc brakes. Also used are technologies not allowed in F1 such as active aerodynamics and traction control. The Enzo Ferrari generates incredible amounts of downforce which is achieved by the front underbody flaps, the small adjustable rear spoiler and the rear diffuser working in conjunction, 3363 N (756 lbf) is generated at 124 mph (200 km/h) 7602 N (1709 lbf) is attained at 186 mph (299 km/h) before decreasing to 5738 N (1290 lbf) at top speed.[7]

The Enzo's F140 B V12 engine was the first of a new generation for Ferrari. It is based on the design of the V8 engine found in the Maserati Quattroporte, using the same basic design and 104 mm (4.1 in) bore spacing. This design replaced the former architectures seen in V12 and V8 engines used in most other contemporary Ferraris. The 2005 F430 is the second Ferrari to get a version of this new powerplant. Ferrari developed the Ferrari FXX from this car.

Production and development[edit]

The Enzo was designed by Ken Okuyama, the then Pininfarina head of design, and initially announced at the 2002 Paris Motor Show with a claimed limited production run of 399 units and a price of US$659,330. The company sent invitations to existing customers, specifically, those who had previously bought the F40 and F50. All 399 cars were sold in this way before production began. Production began in 2003. In 2004, the 400th production car was built and donated to the Vatican for charity, which was later sold at a Sotheby's auction for US$1.1 million.[8][9]

Three development mules were built: M1, M2, and M3. Each mule utilised the body work of a 348, a model which had been succeeded by two generations of mid-engined V8 sports cars—the F355 and the 360 Modena—by the time the mules were built. The third mule was offered for auction alongside the 400th Enzo in June 2005, selling for €195,500 (US$236,300).[10]




The Enzo is a longitudinally-mounted Rear mid-engine, rear-wheel-drive layout vehicle with a 43.9/56.1 front/rear weight distribution. The powerplant is Ferrari's F140B naturally aspirated 65° V12 engine with DOHC 4 valves per cylinder, variable valve timing and Bosch Motronic ME7 fuel injection with a displacement of 5,999 cc (6.0 L; 366.1 cu in) producing 660 PS (651 bhp; 485 kW) at 7,800 rpm and 657 N⋅m; 485 lbf⋅ft (67 kg⋅m) at 5,500 rpm. [11] The redline limit is 8,200 rpm. [12]

Suspension, gearbox and brakes[edit]

The Enzo has a semi-automatic transmission (also known as the F1 gearbox) using paddles to control an automated shifting and clutch mechanism, with LED lights on the steering wheel telling the driver when to change gears. The gearbox has a shift time of just 150 milliseconds. The transmission was a first generation "clutchless" design from the late 1990s, and there have been complaints about its abrupt shifting.[13][14]

The Enzo has 4 wheel independent suspension with push-rod actuated shock absorbers which can be adjusted from the cabin, complemented with anti-roll bars at the front and rear.[15]

The Enzo uses 19-inch (483 mm) wheels and has 15-inch (381 mm) Brembo disc brakes. The wheels are held by a single lug nut and fitted with Bridgestone Potenza Scuderia RE050A tires.[16]

Gear 1 2 3 4 5 6 Final Drive
Ratio 3.15:1 2.18:1 1.57:1 1.19:1 0.94:1 0.76:1 4.1:1


The Enzo can accelerate to 60 mph (97 km/h) in 3.14 seconds[17] and can reach 100 mph (160 km/h) in 6.6 seconds.[13] The ¼ mile (~400 m) time is about 11 seconds,[18] on skidpad it has reached 1.05 g[19] and the top speed has been recorded to be as high as 355 kilometres per hour (221 mph).[20] It is rated at 7 miles per US gallon (34 L/100 km; 8.4 mpg‑imp) in the city, 12 miles per US gallon (20 L/100 km; 14 mpg‑imp) on the highway and 8 miles per US gallon (29 L/100 km; 9.6 mpg‑imp) combined.[21]

Despite the Enzo's extraordinary performance and price, the Ferrari 430 Scuderia (an improved version of Ferrari's standard F430 production car) is capable of lapping the Ferrari test track just 0.1s slower than the Enzo[22] and the Porsche Carrera GT was 1.12 seconds faster in direct comparison on the only 0.98 miles (1,577 m) long Autodromo del Levante near Bari.[23]

Evo magazine tested the Enzo on the famed Nordschleife Circuit and ran a 7:25.21 lap time. The Enzo in the test had a broken electronic damper. They also tested it at Bedford Autodrome West circuit where it lapped 1:21.3 which is 1.1 s slower than the Porsche Carrera GT but faster than the Litchfield Type-25.[24]

The Enzo has a laptime of 58.31 seconds at Silverstone Stowe Circuit with a passenger on board.[25] It pulled a maximum of 1.2g lateral acceleration during the run.[25]

The Enzo Ferrari has a power to weight ratio of 2.03 kg (4.48 lb) per horsepower.


In 2004, American magazine Sports Car International named the Enzo Ferrari number three on their list of Top Sports Cars of the 2000s. American magazine Motor Trend Classic named the Enzo as number four in their list of the ten "Greatest Ferraris of all time".

However, the Enzo Ferrari was described as one of the "Fifty Ugliest Cars of the Past 50 Years", as Bloomberg Businessweek cited its superfluous curves and angles as too flashy, particularly the V-shaped hood, scooped-out doors, and bulbous windshield.[26]


Before being unveiled at the Paris Motor show, the show car was flown from Italy to the U.S. to be filmed in Charlie's Angels: Full Throttle. It was driven on a beach by actress Demi Moore. After filming was complete, the Enzo was flown to France to be at the Motor Show.[27] The Enzo Ferrari is also briefly featured in the 2007 American film Redline.

Related cars[edit]

Ferrari FXX[edit]

Ferrari FXX

As the result of the Enzo, Ferrari decided to use some of the technology developed for it in a small-scale program to get more feedback from certain customers for use in future car design as well as their racing program. The core of this program is the Ferrari FXX. It was loosely based on the Enzo's design with a highly tuned 6.3 litre version of the Enzo's engine generating approximately 800 PS (590 kW; 790 hp). The gearbox is new as well as the tires (custom-designed for this car by Bridgestone) along with the brakes (developed by Brembo). In addition, the car is fitted with extensive data-recording and telemetry systems to allow Ferrari to record the car's behaviour. This information is used by Ferrari to develop their future sports cars.

Like the Enzo, the car was sold to specially selected existing clients of Ferrari only. The initial price was €1.3 million. Unlike the Enzo, the clients did not take delivery of the car themselves. Rather, it is maintained by Ferrari and available for the client's use on various circuits as arranged by Ferrari and also during private track sessions. The car is not expected to be suitable for road use.

The Enzo FXX has a power to weight ratio of 1.44 kg (3.17 lb) per horsepower, similar to that of the Pagani Zonda R.

The Ferrari FXX program was continued until 2008/2009 with the Ferrari FXX Evoluźione. The car will continue to be improved under the Evolution kit, which will continually adjust specifications to generate more power, change gearing, and remove drag. The 6,262 cc V12 engine under the Evolition kit generates 860 PS (630 kW; 850 hp) at 9,500 rpm. Changes were made to the gearbox so that shift time was reduced to 60 milliseconds per shift, a reduction of 20 milliseconds. The car also underwent aerodynamic changes and improvements to the traction control system. Top speed was increased to 227 miles per hour (365 km/h) by such modifications.[28]

The FXX Evoluzione has a power to weight ratio of 1.34 kg (2.95 lb) per horsepower, matching that of the Pagani Zonda Revolución.

Ferrari P4/5 by Pininfarina[edit]

Ferrari P4/5

Italian design studio Pininfarina had wanted to do a special one-off sports car based on the Enzo Ferrari flagship and was looking for a backer. After sending out feelers to its clients, American Ferrari collector James Glickenhaus eventually agreed to back the project by commissioning his car as a modern homage to great Ferrari sports racing cars such as the 330 P3/4, 512 S, 312 P, and 333 SP on the last unregistered U.S.-spec Enzo chassis.[29] The car was named the Ferrari P4/5 by Pininfarina,[30] and retains the Enzo's drivetrain and vehicle identification number.[31] The car was unveiled at the 2006 Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance and appeared in the September issue of Car and Driver. After its unveiling at Pebble Beach, the P4/5 returned to Europe for high speed testing, press days, and an appearance at the Paris Auto Show in September of 2006.

Upon seeing the P4/5, the president of Ferrari Luca di Montezemolo felt that the car deserved to be officially badged as a Ferrari and along with Andrea Pininfarina and James Glickenhaus agreed that its official name would be "Ferrari P 4/5 by Pininfarina". Ted West wrote an article in Car and Driver about how this came to be: "The Beast of Turin".[29]

Maserati MC12[edit]

Maserati MC12

The Maserati MC12 is a two-seat mid-engined sports car that is a derivative of the Enzo Ferrari developed by Maserati while under control of Ferrari. It was developed specifically to be homologated for racing in the FIA GT Championship, with a minimum requirement of 25 road versions to be produced before the car could be allowed to compete. Maserati built 50 units, all of which were presold to selected customers. A track-only variation, the MC12 Corsa was later developed, similar to the Ferrari FXX.

The Maserati MC12 has the same engine, chassis and gearbox as the Enzo but the only externally visible component from the Enzo is the windshield.[32][33] Due to this the Maserati MC12 is sometimes nicknamed the "Second Generation Ferrari Enzo". The MC12 is slower in acceleration (0–100 km/h or 0–62 mph in 3.8 s), has a lower top speed of 330 km/h (205 mph) due to engine tuning and less drag coefficient (due to sharper nose and smoother curves) than the Enzo Ferrari.[34] However, the MC12 has lapped race tracks faster than the Enzo before, specifically on the UK motoring show Top Gear, and the Nurbürgring Nordschleife (at colder outside temperatures). However this could be attributed to the MC12's Pirelli P-Zero Corsa tires which have more grip than the Enzo's Bridgestone Scuderias.[35]

Maserati Birdcage 75th[edit]

The Maserati Birdcage 75th at the 2006 LA Auto Show

The Maserati Birdcage 75th is a concept car created by automobile manufacturer Maserati and designed by Pininfarina, as a celebration of Pininfarina's 75th anniversary, and was introduced at the 2005 Geneva Auto Show. It is an evolution of the MC12 and draws inspiration from the Maserati Tipo Birdcages of the 1960s.[36] There were rumors that Maserati was going to produce the car as the MC13, for which Maserati confirmed to have plans, but they were cancelled due to problems with Pininfarina giving Maserati total control over the design of the car.

Maserati MC12 Corsa[edit]

Maserati MC 12 Corsa at the IAA 2007

The Maserati MC12 Corsa is a variant of the MC12 intended for racetrack use. In contrast to the race version of the MC12, of which street-legal versions were produced for homologation purposes, the MC12 Corsa is intended for private use, albeit restricted to the track, as the Corsa's modifications make it illegal to drive on the road.

The Corsa was developed directly from the MC12 GT1, which won the 2005 FIA GT Manufacturers Cup.[37] The car was released in mid-2006, "in response to the customer demand to own the MC12 racing car and fueled by the growth in track days, where owners can drive their cars at high speeds in the safety of a race track", as stated by Edward Butler, General Manager for Maserati in Australia and New Zealand.[37][38] In similar fashion to the Ferrari FXX, although the owners are private individuals, Maserati is responsible for the storage, upkeep, and maintenance of the cars, and they are only driven on specially organized track days. Unlike the FXX, the MC12 Corsa is not intended for research and development, and is used only for entertainment.[39] A single MC12 Corsa has been modified by its owner to make it street-legal the conversion was carried out by German tuning firm Edo Competition.[37]

Only twelve MC12 Corsas were sold to selected customers, each of whom paid €1 million (US$1.47 million) for the privilege. Another three vehicles were produced for testing and publicity purposes.[38][40] The Corsa shares its engine with the MC12 GT1; the power plant produces 755 PS (555 kW; 745 hp) at 8,000 rpm, 122 PS (90 kW; 120 hp) more than the road-legal MC12.[41] The MC12 Corsa shares the GT1's shortened nose, which was a requirement for entry into the American Le Mans Series. The car was available in a single standard colour, named "Blue Victory", though the car's paint could be customized upon request.[38] The MC12 Corsa possesses steel/carbon racing brakes, but is not fitted with an anti-lock braking system.[37]

Ferrari Millechili[edit]

Millechili, Italian for one thousand (mille) kilograms (chili), is the code name for a prototype sports car to be manufactured by Ferrari. It was a lightweight version of the Enzo Ferrari that would borrow features from Formula One race cars, using the F430's aluminium space frame on a 104.3-inch (2,650 mm) wheelbase. The hybrid power train utilising a V10 engine used in the car would exceed 600 hp (447 kW). The car was mainly a technological concept with no intention of production.[42]

The Millechili was developed in collaboration with University of Modena and Reggio Emilia, faculty of Mechanical Engineering. Millechili Lab is a cross-project in which students are working on light-weight car design.

Ferrari FXX Evoluzione[edit]

Ferrari FXX Evoluzione

The Ferrari FXX program was continued until 2009.[needs update] The car will continue to be improved under the Evolution kit, which will continually adjust specifics to create more power, change gearing, and lower the aerodynamic drag. The V12 engine will generate 860 PS (630 kW; 850 hp) at 9500 rpm, which boosts the top speed to over 400 km/h (249 mph), and the acceleration to 0–100 km/h (62 mph) in 2.5 seconds.[43] There will be gearbox changes so that shift time will be reduced to 60 milliseconds per shift, a reduction of 40 milliseconds. The car has also undergo aerodynamic changes and improvements to the traction control system.[44] The FXX program also gave rise to the 599XX program in late 2009. The 599XX, a racing version of the 599 GTB, borrows technology which was developed from the FXX. The 599XX is faster than the Enzo and is able to lap the Fiorano circuit 1.2 seconds faster than the Enzo.


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