Ferrari Enzo successor will be firm’s most expensive and powerful supercar yet

Article by Christian A., on May 18, 2012

Ferrari will replace the limited-edition Enzo next year with a gasoline-electric hybrid model that’s the most expensive and powerful sports car yet. The Italian automaker will make use of fuel-saving technology for its first hybrid that has so far been dubbed the F70 in trade press and blogs. It’s likely to be priced higher than the 660,000 euro ($850,000) price tag on the Enzo, a source said.

By making use of the Hy-Kers hybrid technology intended for Formula One racing, the model will combine two electric motors with a 12-cylinder gasoline engine to generate higher horsepower than any existing Ferrari. What makes it even more surprising is that its fuel consumption is lower by 40%. Fabio Barone, chairman of the Passione Rossa owners' club and the owner of two Ferraris, said that “dedicated Ferrari drivers: consider power and technology first.

He said that the new Enzo will meet their needs. This model is included in an incoming lineup of green supercars as high-end automakers improve efforts so that their models would be environmentally friendly, while still maintaining or increasing performance. As more models are offered and emission rules tighten, sales of hybrid supercars may experience a surge from fewer than 100 this year to over 2,100 in 2015, IHS Automotive said.

Porsche, which offers hybrid versions of the Cayenne SUV and Panamera four-door coupe, is planning to begin deliveries next year of the 768,000 euro 918 Spyder. The range-topping Porsche sports car will have a 500-hp engine with 218-hp electric motors to reach a top speed of over 320 kilometers (199 miles) per hour.

BMW will be releasing the i8 plug-in hybrid in 2014. The BMW supercar could drive up to 35 kilometers on electric power and it could accelerate to 100 kilometers per hour in shorter than 5 seconds. Ian Fletcher, an analyst at IHS Automotive in London, said that there has to be a difference when it comes to lower emissions. He explained that to sell well in Europe and in the U.S., there would have to be a significant drop in emissions, even if the car in question is valued at 100,000. He said that if a supercar gets a hybrid engine, the supercar would become more practical.

Ferrari regularly comes up with models that represent its sporting experience and technological prowess. The first of such models was the Ferrari 250 LM, which came out in 1963. The company’s founder conceptualized the Ferrari 250 LM especially for the owner-driver. The car was also deliberately designed for racing purposes.

We saw the arrivals of the Ferrari GTO in 1984, the Ferrari F40 in 1987, and, for Ferrari's 50th anniversary in 1995, the Ferrari F50. Each one of these limited edition cars represented significant milestones in the company’s journey and carried a specific technological message, enriching their performance. In 2002, then Ferrari President Luca di Montezemolo introduced the Ferrari Enzo, which combined four straight years of being at the top of the Constructor's World Championship with the fine adjustment sensitivity and technical input of World Champion Michael Schumacher.

Montezemolo said that the Enzo is a historic car for many various reasons and because they had to pick a name with strong symbolic significance, they chose to name if after the company’s late founder, Enzo Ferrari. According to him, the Enzo is the perfect synthesis of Formula 1 Championships for four consecutive years with its carbon and composite materials, F1 gearbox, and 5998 cc V12 engine. Only 399 units of the Enzo were built.

Montezemolo further explained that the race track is the source of the greatest level of technology that characterizes this unique car. The Enzo is innovative and represents the very essence of Ferrari’s past, present, and future, he added.

Now, the company called upon its wealth of knowledge in its objective to develop a vehicle that serves as an integrated system directed at achieving extreme performance. With this system, even the limits of driver performance could be improved via Formula 1 man/machine interface. Ferrari’s new Enzo needed an in-depth and special technical collaboration with Bridgestone, Brembo, OMR, and Magneti Marelli.

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