Ferrari F70/F150 aka Enzo successor shows its engine bay

Article by Christian A., on October 7, 2012

The engine bay is the latest feature of the new Enzo to be unveiled by Ferrari, which has been steadily offering consumers with a piece-by-piece view of the exciting model. A drivetrain named ‘HY-KERS’ will be used on the mid-engined Enzo successor, internally referred to as the F150. It was at last April’s Beijing motor show that Ferrari first revealed its hybrid drivetrain, which combines a mid-mounted V12 petrol engine to a dual-clutch gearbox with an electric motor placed at the rear.

The car’s electronic control modules were developed by Fiat’s in-house technology supplier Magneti Marelli. The main control unit is mounted on top of the gearbox, according to the Official Ferrari Magazine, which was the first one to release a picture.

High-tension orange wires are used due to the high voltages and link to the Kevlar-wrapped lithium-ion battery pack (the size and power are not known yet). This is positioned at the back of the passenger compartment instead of under it, since the ride height would also have to be increased. The blue wires link the control modules of the major parts.

Ferrari hasn’t announced what this system’s power output is but it has revealed that it raises power by an additional of 1.34bhp for every 1kg of weight added.

HY-KERS also reduces CO2 emissions by about 40% and boosts power by about 10% over a V12 model without HY-KERS. Considering that the F12, which is the brand’s newest V12, delivers 730bhp, it’s possible that the Enzo successor will generate slightly higher than 800bhp.

In addition, the HY-KERS system features an additional front-mounted electric motor to drive the car’s ancillaries. The picture doesn’t reveal many details about the F150 except or the powertrain. What we do see are its quad exhausts and tilted radiators that are located in front of the rear wheels.

Ferrari has long been known to release models that display a good fusion of a sporting experience and technological expertise. The first of these was the Ferrari 250 LM. Released in 1963, this was developed for customers who want to experience what racing was like. This was followed by the GTO in 1984 and the F40 in 1987.

When the brand celebrated its 50th anniversary in 1995, it also came out with a new model that followed this same principle with the F50. Looking back at these different releases, it is clear that each represented an important milestone given that each of these limited edition models brought with it a technological improvement that augmented the model’s performance.

By 2002, Ferrari did it again with none other than Luca di Montezemolo revealing the new Ferrari Enzo. Under this model, the brand showed why it had led the Constructor's World Championship for a total of four straight years. In addition, the Enzo also benefited from fine tuning the sensitivity and the technical input provided by World Champion Michael Schumacher. Using the vast amount of knowledge available at its disposal, Ferrari wanted a car that would have an integrated system and one that would ensure exceptional performance. The particular system fitted in the Enzo went beyond the performance limits of the driver and even enhanced the relationship between man and machine, a mantra started under Formula 1.

In addition, it also meant that Ferrari would need to enter into partnerships with various companies known for their technical know-how like OMR, Marelli, Magneti, Bridgestone, and Brembo. Brembo in particular has, over the years, been making braking systems for many of Ferrari’s products. For the new Enzo, Brembo showed what it can do when it came to designing and producing new components with the Brembo CCM discs. From the use of ceramic materials, the braking system would be light. In fact, it’s lighter by as much as 30% compared to braking systems that use cast iron as a material.

In addition, the use of this type of material allowed for exceptional braking efficiency regardless of the condition and the guarantee that it will almost never wear. Luca di Montezemolo shared that the Enzo is a historic car for different reasons and this is why the name chosen was that of the brand’s founder as it presented a powerful symbolic significance. With only 399 units to be manufactured, he added, the combination of the 5998 cc V12 engine, F1 gearbox, and the carbon and composite materials, are all the reason why the brand has managed to grab the Formula 1 Championships within the last four years.

This is because, he continued, the race track has long been the source of the brand when it comes to the level of technology that will characterize this distinct car. It is not only innovative but is expected to be the symbol of what the brand has been and looks into what Ferrari can be in the future.

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