Ferrari Enzo replacement will get 920 hp

Article by Christian A., on April 17, 2012

Ferrari will be launching the replacement for the Enzo Ferrari hypercar by the end of this year. Ferrari isn’t about to be complacent after it unveiled the 2012 F12 Berlinetta sports car. The Enzo Ferrari hypercar ended its run in 2004. This new car, which will probably be named F70, has much in common with the older F40 and F50 models and will keep the stunning design of the old Ferrari flagship as obviously seen in Scott Olsen’s renderings.

It also features a mid-mounted engine as well as rear-wheel drive. There were rumors that the replacement for the Enzo would not have the traditional V-12 powerplant and instead, it will get a direct-injected, twin-turbo V-8. However, this actually isn’t the case since the F70 would probably be powered by the same 6.3-liter V-12 as the F12 and FF gran turismos but built with a lot more power.

The twelve-cylinder in the F70 can deliver around 800 hp. It will be mated with a KERS (kinetic energy recovery system) driveline that gets a 120-hp electric motor. This motor allows for zero-emission travel under light load but it could also boost the V-12, raising the net power output to 920hp. But then, it would be premature to discount a twin-turbocharged V-8 since it’s very possible that the F70 will signal the end of this engine, which would later be replaced by a twin-turbo V-8.

Since it’s clear that the targeted weight of the carbon-fiber supercar was inspired by the Millechili (1000 kilogram, 2200 pound) concept, the F70 has to get close to the track-only FXX, which weighed only 2550 pounds. Even with its carbon fiber body, Ferrari intends to use abundant amounts of aluminum – such as an aluminum chassis – so that construction complexity would remain low.

Ferrari expects the F70 to be faster off the line and faster overall than the 1001-hp Bugatti Veyron. The drop in weight can help the F70 surpass the 0-62mph acceleration time of the Veyron of 2.46 seconds.

Using its vast storage of knowledge, Ferrari knew that it wanted to have a model that would have an integrated system with the goal of being able to attain excellent performance. Through this system, the brand hopes to enhance the performance limits of the driver by utilizing the man/machine interface of the Formula 1.

This is why in order make the new Enzo, Ferrari entered into a special technical partnership with OMR, Marelli, Magneti, Bridgestone, and Brembo. This is not surprising as Ferrari has long been known to come out with models that have been showing a good mix of sporting experience and technological knowledge.

The first of these was the 250 LM which the brand released back in 1963. It was made by none other than the brand’s founder who built creations for owner-drivers for racing. This was followed by the GTO in 1984 and the F40 by 1987. When Ferrari celebrated its 50th anniversary in 1995, it came out with the F50. All of these have been considered as important milestones of the brand. When these limited edition models were made, they came with a specific technological message which helped enhance the performance.

It was in 2002 when Luca di Montezemolo revealed the Enzo which was the result of four straight years of being at the top of the Constructor's World Championship. It even had its sensitivity finely adjusted with technical input courtesy of World Champion Michael Schumacher.

According to Montezemolo, the Enzo is considered by the brand to be a historic model for a number of reasons. This is why the brand decided to make use of a name, he added, that not only had a powerful significance in terms of symbolism but one that was also the name of the brand’s founder as well.

Montezemolo said further that through the F1 gearbox, the 5,998-cc V12 engine and the use of composite and carbon materials, it is the best combination of the four straight championships in Formula 1.

He continued by saying that the reason for the source of the technology was the race track itself. With this, it shows the innovation and the best symbolism not only of the past and present of the brand but of what it can offer in the future. Montezemolo concluded by saying that only 399 units of the Enzo will be produced.

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