Ferrari Enzo successor to debut at the 2013 Detroit Auto Show

Article by Christian A., on October 8, 2012

Ferrari will launch the replacement for the limited-edition Enzo at the Detroit Auto Show this January. Ferrari claims that this gasoline-electric hybrid will be its most powerful road car ever. According to sources, this model is capable of producing 900hp from a new V-12 normally aspirated direct-injection gasoline engine combined with an electric motor.

This is part of a high-performance hybrid system that the automaker has dubbed the HY-KERS. Ferrari asserts that this Enzo replacement will exceed the 740hp output of the F12 Berlinetta. Ferrari had introduced a carbon fiber chassis of the vehicle at the recent Paris auto show. Carbonfiber is the material used so that the weight may be kept as near to the Enzo’s weight of 1,365kg (3,009 pounds) as possible.

The car is heavier by 150kg due to the hybrid system. Its electric motor weighs 50kg while the batteries weigh 100kg. Ferrari CEO Amedeo Felisa told Automotive News Europe that to reduce weight, the company opted for the carbon fiber used in Formula One race cars instead of the Resin Transfer Molding mostly used. This permitted Ferrari to build a chassis that’s 20% lighter than the Enzo’s chassis.

However, torsional rigidity was raised by 27% and beam stiffness has increased by 22%. Ferrari will use lithium ion cells supplied by Samsung Electronics. The assembly of the battery packs will be at the F1 racing headquarters. Ferrari has not divulged the name of the car but it’s rumored that it will be dubbed the F70.

F40 was the name of the 1987 model that commemorated its 40th anniversary. About 10 years later, this supercar was named the F50. Enzo was the name of the latest limited-edition supercar after company founder Enzo Ferrari. At the Paris show, Ferrari Chairman Luca Cordero di Montezemolo rejected reports that it will be named the Luca.

Ferrari consistently builds a model that embodies a union of its athletic history and technical expertise. In 1963, the Ferrari 250 LM emerged as the first model to represent this type. Its conception was dedicated by the founder to drivers for the exclusive purpose of designing it for competitive races. Memorable milestones include the models introduced in 1984 (Ferrari GTO), 1987 (Ferrari F40) and in 1995, Ferrari’s 50th anniversary (Ferrari F50). These historical and limited edition models each had a unique technological imprint that marked the development of the model’s performance throughout Ferrari’s car history. In 2002, the Ferrari Enzo was introduced by Luca di Montezemolo, led by the brand’s four years of superiority in the Constructor’s World Championship and hailed by the champion racer Michael Schumacher.

According to Montezemolo, the Ferrari Enzo has earned the distinction as a remarkable car due to many, different factors. Its greatness deserves nothing but the identity to carry the name of the founder himself. The Ferrari Enzo is an exceptional product which was inspired by the four straight Formula 1 Championships. The race track has always been an oasis where the most advanced technology is born, thus representing every signature car created by Ferrari in its past, present and future. Now, the Ferrari Enzo is equipped with a 5988cc V12 engine, an F1 gearbox, and high quality carbon and composite provisions.

Channeling from this wealth of racing experience and knowledge, the main goal was to create a car with a unified system for exceptional performance. This is a system in which even the natural limits of driving performance can still be explored with an F1 man-machine configuration. The groundbreaking Ferrari Enzo made it essential to collaborate intensively with Bridgestone, OMR, Brembo and Magneti Marelli.

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