Launched in 2002 and continuing the company’s long and continuous line of legendary flagship Super cars, the Enzo Ferrari is a proud machine, and carries the name of the company founder with style and sophistication.
The Enzo was designed by Ken Okuyama, the Japanese former Pininfarina head designer, and initially announced at the 2002 Paris Motor Show with a limited production run of 349 and at US $659,330. The company sent invitations to existing customers, specifically, those who had previously bought the F40 and F50. All 349 cars were sold in this way before production began. Later, after numerous requests, Ferrari decided to build 50 more Enzos, bringing the total to 399. Before being unveiled at the Paris Motor show, the Enzo (that was used in the show) was flown from Italy to California to be filmed in Charlie’s Angels: Full Throttle. It was driven on a beach by actress Demi Moore. After filming was complete, the Enzo was flown to France to be in the Motor Show. Enzos are listed as being built in 2003. In 2004, a 400th Enzo was built and donated to the Vatican for charity, which was later sold at a Sotheby’s auction for $1.1 million.
The concept behind the Enzo Ferrari was to succeed where the previous F50 had failed, bringing Formula One technology onto the driveways of the world. Whilst the F50 was maligned for its uncomfortable ride and the many compromises that had to be made for it to be road-legal, the Enzo took many of these failings and updated the design to take on both a more F1 look, but to integrate the technology better than its predecessor. Formula One technology included a carbon-fibre body, F1-style electrohydraulic shift transmission, and carbon fibre-reinforced silicon carbide (C/SiC) ceramic composite disc brakes. Also used are technologies not allowed in F1 such as active aerodynamics and traction control.
The Enzo’s F140 B V12 engine was the first of a new generation for Ferrari. It is based on the design of the V8 found in Maserati’s Quattroporte, using the same basic design and 104mm bore spacing. This design will replace the former architectures seen in V12 and V8 engines used in most other contemporary Ferraris. The 2005 F430 is the second Ferrari to get a version of this new powerplant. The result was a 651hp track-eating machine, which gave the Enzo a 0-60 of 3.17 seconds, and a top speed of 221mph!
The car’s technology was latterly developed into a slew of other road-going race machines, including the Ferrari FXX, a limited edition high performance version launched in 2005 with a modified V12 engine, the Maserati MC12 of 2004, and a slew of concept cars such as the Maserati Birdcage and Ferrari P4/5 by Pininfarina.
Production of this limited edition machine ended in 2005, and it wouldn’t be until the LaFerrari F150 of 2013 that such an audacious and powerful machine would be let loose from the Maranello works.