Ferrari Enzo successor: full details revealed

Article by Christian Andrei, on November 20, 2012

Set to debut next spring, Ferrari’s new flagship codenamed F150 weighs just 1100kg but can deliver over 800bhp, sources said. This means that the F150 is the road-legal vehicle that’s the closest to being a true competition car. Ferrari said that the F150, which replaces the Enzo, uses carbonfiber during construction in a more sophisticated way when compared to the upcoming McLaren P1.

In addition, Ferrari said that the entire car, starting with its radical race-car driving position to the radical active aerodynamics, will offer a driving experience that’s closer to the idea of a Formula 1 car for the road. The price wasn’t confirmed yet but it’s not likely to cost much lower than £800,000. The F150 builds on the concept of the 2005 Enzo-based, track-only FXX.

However, it is really based on the 2007 Millechili technical concept. This 1000kg research program was unveiled during the 60th anniversary celebrations of Ferrari. The F150 is built with a compact central carbonfibre monocoque that weighs only 70kg, which is 20% lighter than that of an Enzo’s. Powering it is a V12 engine. It features a small electric motor and lithium ion battery packs. The V12 is derived from the 731bhp 6.3-litre unit seen in the F12.

So far, very few details have been released. However, it’s believed that the new engine is capable of delivering more than 750bhp. The electric motor is expected to produce about 100bhp and up to 200lb ft of torque.

Even if the F150 can’t run on electric power alone, Ferrari CEO Amedeo Felisa said that the Hy-KERS hybrid system will boost the performance of the F150, cutting short by 10% its 0-125mph acceleration time. In general, Ferrari claims that the F150’s CO2 emissions are lower by up to 40% than if it only had the new V12 engine. Felisa added that the electric motor is crucial to a new torque-vectoring system.

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