Man who crashed the Edo Enzo Ferrari wants to go back to the Targa Newfoundland car rally

Article by Christian Andrei, on January 3, 2012

It’s likely that you watched in dread a YouTube video of exotic car dealer Zahir Rana as he mistakenly drove his $2 million customized V-12 Edo Enzo Ferrari sports car into a river on the south coast of Newfoundland. The car had cosmetic and engine damages amounting to over $100,000.

But this didn’t stop Rana from returning to the Targa Newfoundland car rally and bringing a car with an 860hp engine that enables it to reach speeds of up to 392 kilometres per hour.

Rana had vowed back then that he had “so much fun” that he will aim to “do bigger, better next time." Rana’s interest in exotic cars started three decades ago as he watched Magnum PI's stylish vehicles each week. He started to beef up his collection and he later decided to open his own auto shop so that he could perform his own modifications and provide a service to his clients too.

Rana drove his car on the road near Marystown, N.L., the site of the accident. Rana and co-driver Roland Linder had rounded a corner off a bridge and tried to adjust their path as the back end of the car spun out.

This threw them right through a guard rail and the car went over an embankment to land onto a tidal river. Rana then had his car shipped to Germany, where mechanics worked on the body and installed a 950hp motor. Rana is already making plans to bring the refirdbished Ferrari back to Newfoundland and announced that he will not be alone as 20 fellow racers want to come along.

Ferrari Enzo is one of the few limited edition models that embody a fusion of its technological expertise and its sporting experience. The first of these limited edition models was launched in 1963 in the guise of the Ferrari 250 LM, which was conceived by Ferrari founder Enzo Ferrari and designed for racing. It was followed by the Ferrari GTO in 1984 and the Ferrari F40 in 1987.

Ferrari celebrated its 50th anniversary in 1995 by unveiling another of these limited edition models -- the Ferrari F50. Now, the debut of the Ferrari Enzo marks the carmaker’s four straight years of dominance in the Constructor's World Championship as combined with the technical input and fine adjustment sensitivity of World Champ Michael Schumacher.

Having the utmost luxury in unveiling the Ferrari Enzo in 2002 was Luca di Montezemolo, who described this new creation as a historic car for many and various reasons. He remarked that for the new limited edition car, they had to pick a name with a strong symbolic significance, and they chose the name of the Company founder, Enzo Ferrari. He quipped that the Enzo – only 399 examples of which will be built -- is the perfect synthesis of the carmaker’s four consecutive Formula 1 Championships.

Its performance is the result of its 5998 cc V12 engine, F1 gearbox and the use of carbon and composite materials. He noted that the race track has been the source of the highest level of technology, and the Enzo is a unique car that is an embodiment of Ferrari’s past and present while looking to the Ferrari of the future.

With a vast amount of technological knowledge on hand, Ferrari aimed to develop the car as an integrated system on which driver performance limits could be improved through a Formula 1 man/machine interface.

In developing the new Enzo, Ferrari entered into a special and in-depth technical collaboration with suppliers Brembo, Bridgestone, Magneti Marelli and OMR. Brembo -- a long-time Ferrari supplier – developed the CCM discs made from composite ceramic material just for the new Ferrari Enzo.

These very durable discs are around 30-percent lighter than similar cast iron units and contribute to superb braking efficiency in all conditions. Bridgestone, meanwhile, has been providing sporting and technical know-how for Ferarri’s F1 tires.

Its Potenza RE050 Scuderia -- specially developed for the new Ferrari Enzo – is a high performance tire that could endure speeds of over 350 km/h (218 mph), while retaining road-holding limits and outstanding driving precision.

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