Ferrari will unveil at the end of 2012 the replacement for its Enzo supercar to a chosen few, which include a group of potential and current customers, according to Ferrari Chairman Luca Cordero di Montezemolo. The Ferrari chairman told Automotive News Europe on the sidelines of the Geneva Auto Show that they want to surprise people not just in terms of price but also with the car.
The company has yet to decide when to unveil the new model to the public. A Ferrari spokesman revealed that they are considering unveiling the new model in January 2013 at the Detroit Auto Show or in March 2013 at the next Geneva Auto Show.
The new model will no longer carry the Enzo name, because the Enzo model was a limited-edition model. The new model, however, will be the company’s fastest and most powerful road car ever, exceeding the recently unveiled F12 Berlinetta. The new EUR271,000 F12 Berlinetta delivers up to 740 hp, slightly lower than Formula One cars, whose outputs are estimated to be between 740 hp and 750 hp.
Montezemolo compared the new model to the F1 cars, saying that the company is offering F1 power in a road car. The new model will be built with a carbon fiber body, and will be powered by a normally aspirated V-12.
The company has yet to decide how many units of the model they will produce. If we look at history, Ferrari built 399 Enzos from 2002-2011, and 349 units of the F50, Enzo’s predecessor, from 1995-2001.
Montezemolo forecasts that Ferrari will post sales of more than 7,000 supercars in 2012, but did not specify whether the company would surpass its record in 2011, when it sold 7,195 units. The company posted a three-percent jump in trading profit to EUR312 million in 2011. The Ferrari chairman also forecasted the company will improve its profit figures in 2012 and years to come.
Ferrari regularly comes up with a model that showcases a combination of its sporting experience and its technological knowledge. The first of this kind of models is the Ferrari 250 LM, which came out in 1963. This particular model was conceived by the carmaker’s founder for the owner-driver and it was intentionally designed for racing purposes.
Meanwhile, the Ferrari GTO (which came out in 1984), the Ferrari F40 (which came out 1987), and the Ferrari F50 (which came out in time for Ferrari’s 50th anniversary), have all marked significant milestones for the company’s journey. Each of these cars – all limited editions – relayed a specific technological message which enriched its performance.
Then in 2002, Ferrari Chairman Luca Cordero di Montezemolo presented the Enzo, which married the company’s dominance in the Constructor’s World Championship for four consecutive years to World Champion Michael Schumacher’s technical input and the fine adjustment.
According to Montezemolo, the Ferrari Enzo is historic for the carmaker for many various reasons. And because they needed to pick a name that represents a strong symbolic significance, they chose to name it after Ferrari’s founder.
Montezemolo added that with a 5998-cc V12 engine, an F1 gearbox, and carbon and composite materials, the Enzo – of which 399 units will be built – is the ideal synthesis of 4 consecutive Formula 1 Championships. This is because the race track itself was the source of the greatest level of technology that characterizes a unique, innovative car that is the perfect example of Ferrari’s past, present, and even future.
The company’s aim was to come up with a vehicle as an integrated system whose main goal is to achieve and deliver extreme performance. Its aim was for this system to improve the limits of driver performance through its Formula 1 man/machine interface. To meet this goal, Ferrari Enzo required an in-depth and special technical collaboration with Bridgestone, OMR, Magneti Marelli, and Brembo.
For many years, Brembo has been developing braking systems for Ferrari. Its design and production capacities are clearly demonstrated by its CCM discs, which are made from composite ceramic material that are used in the new Enzo. These Brembo CCM discs are impressively light, providing 30% weight savings compared with similar cast iron units and providing outstanding braking efficiency in every condition. These discs also practically never wear.