Set to debut next spring, Ferrari’s new flagship codenamed F150 weighs just 1100kg but can deliver over 800bhp, sources said. This means that the F150 is the road-legal vehicle that’s the closest to being a true competition car. Ferrari said that the F150, which replaces the Enzo, uses carbonfiber during construction in a more sophisticated way when compared to the upcoming McLaren P1.
In addition, Ferrari said that the entire car, starting with its radical race-car driving position to the radical active aerodynamics, will offer a driving experience that’s closer to the idea of a Formula 1 car for the road. The price wasn’t confirmed yet but it’s not likely to cost much lower than £800,000. The F150 builds on the concept of the 2005 Enzo-based, track-only FXX.
However, it is really based on the 2007 Millechili technical concept. This 1000kg research program was unveiled during the 60th anniversary celebrations of Ferrari. The F150 is built with a compact central carbonfibre monocoque that weighs only 70kg, which is 20% lighter than that of an Enzo’s. Powering it is a V12 engine. It features a small electric motor and lithium ion battery packs. The V12 is derived from the 731bhp 6.3-litre unit seen in the F12.
So far, very few details have been released. However, it’s believed that the new engine is capable of delivering more than 750bhp. The electric motor is expected to produce about 100bhp and up to 200lb ft of torque.
Even if the F150 can’t run on electric power alone, Ferrari CEO Amedeo Felisa said that the Hy-KERS hybrid system will boost the performance of the F150, cutting short by 10% its 0-125mph acceleration time. In general, Ferrari claims that the F150’s CO2 emissions are lower by up to 40% than if it only had the new V12 engine. Felisa added that the electric motor is crucial to a new torque-vectoring system.
Ferrari has always been consistent in creating cars that embody its athletic experience and technological expertise. In 1963, the Ferrari 250 LM became the pioneer of this class. The founder created it particularly with the driver in mind and was specially built for competitive racing. The Ferrari GTO, F40 and F50 models were considered as important milestones in its remarkable history.
These special edition cars have each represented a technological language that ushered the brand’s improvement in terms of performance. This 2002, the Ferrari Enzo was launched officially by Luca di Montezemolo to celebrate the company’s four years of dominance in the Constructor’s World Championship. The brand’s success was of course guided by the technical skills and talent of the World Champion himself, Michael Schumacher.
The Ferrari Enzo was made to become an iconic car. Montezomolo explains that the team, in choosing a proper name for the car, never hesitated to use the name of the brand’s founder. Equipped with a Formula-1 gearbox and a 5,998 cc V12 engine, and built from premium carbon and composite materials, the 399 units of Ferrari Enzo that will be created shall properly synthesize the brand’s victory in the F1 track for four straight years. The race track has always been the company’s source of inspiration in developing the most advanced technology and innovative design in car manufacturing.
Exploiting their rich knowledge and expertise in car development and design, Ferrari dreamed of building a car with an integrated system and the capabilities for superior performance. This integrated system shall be similar to a Formula 1 man-machine interface where even the rider’s limits will be exceeded. For this ambitious goal to be realized in the Ferrari Enzo, Ferrari collaborated closely with Bridgestone, Brembo, OMR and Magneti Marelli.
Brembo has consistently developed its braking technologies for Ferrari cars for several years. The design and production capabilities of Brembo were shown in its CCM disks that are manufactured from composite ceramic resources utilized in the Enzo. Since the disks are practically lightweight (with 30% less weight than other cast iron components), they certainly deliver great breaking efficiency in all road conditions and do not easily wear out.