2012 Paris Motor Show: This is the Ferrari F70 bodyshell

Article by Christian Andrei, on September 30, 2012

We got a look of Ferrari’s next big project -- a “limited edition, special series” car – at the Paris Motor Show. It is believed to be the successor to the Ferrari Enzo. Ferrari didn’t display a full car. Rather, what Ferrari showed was the ultra-strong, lightweight bodyshell of the new hypercar. There are reports that this new Enzo will be named the F70.

So far, we’ve learned that the new car will have an output of at least 900 hp due to a large V-12 engine mated to an electric motor. Plenty of carbon fiber was used on the last Enzo so it’s to be expected that the new car will do too. However, Ferrari said that the typical industrial carbon fiber manufacturing techniques didn’t result to a product that met expectations.

So to guarantee that the new car meet its soaring standards, it developed a process of hand-laminating carbon fiber. Four different types of carbon fiber -- T800 carbon, T800UD unidirectional tape, ultra high tensile strength M46J carbon, and supertough T1000 carbon – were used by the body. The car will get a carbon fiber/Kevlar undertray so that its underbody will be protected from incurring any damage from the road.

Its body now has the appearance of a closed Formula 1 car. This isn’t really a surprise since the people who worked on the Scuderia Ferrari F1 team had designed and built this car. It is more rigid by 22% and is lighter than the Enzo by 20% too. The weight savings was enough to offset the hybrid system’s weight. As a result, the new car isn’t heavier than the predecessor.

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