Ferrari releases more details about the F150/F70 a.k.a. Enzo successor

Article by Christian A., on December 27, 2012

Ferrari released more details about the much-awaited Enzo successor. Ferrari confirmed that it will be powered by a variant of the V12 6.3-liter 740 HP (544 kW) in the F12 Berlinetta, together with an enhanced version of the HY-KERS electric hybrid system that made its debut in 2010 at the Geneva Motor Show.

The hybrid version is described as a “performance enhancer" that offers a method to reduce emissions. Ferrari claims that accelerating from zero to 200 km/h (0-124 mph) will take 10% less time with this system. This also aids in reducing CO2 emissions by 40%. In addition, the HY-KERS system will improve the torque vectoring system, traction control and brake force distribution since it will be linked with the chassis electronics.

Furthermore, Ferrari asserts that the F150's electric motor/ancillaries/battery unit has a power-to-weight ratio of 1:1. The successor of the Enzo will be built using a carbon fiber monocoque that uses four different types of the lightweight material which will be hand-laminated and will aid in raising torsional rigidity by 27% while it increases beam stiffness by 22%. The fuel tank and batteries will be installed at the back of the driver in order to reduce the center of gravity.

The F150 and the 458 Italia are of the same height at 1213mm or 47.8 inches. They also have the same wheelbase at 2650mm or 104.3 inches. This is quite surprising since it is powered by a big V12 HY-KERS engine attached to a dual-clutch gearbox.

Ferrari will build the interior cabin around the driver and it will feature a fixed seat that will be assembled depending on the customer’s dimensions. Meanwhile, the steering wheel and pedal box can be adjusted. Those who drive this vehicle get the racing feeling due to a low center of gravity and the backrest inclination. What adds to this feeling is the position of the occupant's feet being at the same level as the driving position.

All of its system is governed by Ferrari's trademarked logic. With this, the automobile can attain total performance, handling and aerodynamic competence without having to compromise in any area. Active aerodynamics comes with the HY-KERS system. The interior styling features an HMI inspired by F1 single-seaters. A cutting edge and strict approach was applied in this area.

Architecture

During the design’s planning phase, the initial challenge for the Prancing Horse team is the car’s architectural aspect. The goal was to attain the best weight distribution and a compact wheelbase although its hybrid system is bulkier. Regarding the latter, the aim was to arrive at 59 percent at the rear. As an outcome, its masses are placed as close as possible to the floor and between the vehicle’s two axles.

The assigning of weight as near as possible to the floor is to lower its center of gravity by 35 mm. Consequently, compact dimensions and dynamic handling are guaranteed.

Scuderia Ferrari driver, Felipe Massa and Fernando Alonso played a huge part all throughout the whole process of the car’s development. The two were consulted regarding the car’s design. The cabin’s outline has an important impact. Both the steering wheel and the pedal box can be adjusted. The seat is secured and tailored to the driver. The driving position is the same with that of a single-seater.

The four types of carbon-fiber features of the car's chassis are all autoclave-cured and hand-laminated. The process was done in the race department utilizing similar production methods and styling as the F1 vehicle. Several functions such as seats and battery compartment were integrated into the chassis. The beam stiffness was enhanced to 22 percent, while the torsional rigidity was improved to 27 percent. All these enhancements were made possible while decreasing the weight of the car. The developments contributed to optimum design.

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