Press Release :

The concept of the extreme sports car has been demonstrated by extraordinary models in Ferrari’s history. Some of the most recent models include the 288 GTO of 1984, the F40 of 1987 and the F50 of 1995. The common denominator in each case was not only the uniqueness of their performance but also the exclusiveness that came from being built in limited numbers.

It is in this spirit that the Enzo Ferrari was launched in 2002 as an outstanding expression of the concept of extreme sportiness. The car was developed for road use in 399 units only. The Enzo Ferrari epitomises the most advanced concepts of Formula One racing technology. The Enzo Ferrari has a unique advantage, because it benefits from an intense, successful transfer of technology generated by the long list of Ferrari victories in Formula One. Drawing on this immense technological heritage, Ferrari set out to develop the Enzo as an integrated system designed for extreme performance.

Styling

Never before has a car’s style derived so directly from functions as is the case here. This is courtesy of the work done in Ferrari’s wind tunnel, as well as on the track and road with Michael Schumacher and the Prancing Horse’s own highly experienced test drivers.

At the front, the Enzo Ferrari’s design is heavily influenced both in form and function by the Formula One racer. It benefits from the use of composites, having been sculpted to optimise air-flow with respect to internal fluid dynamics. Rather than a large spoiler at the rear, the Enzo boasts small aerodynamic appendages and very efficient ground effects. Pininfarina has succeeded brilliantly in harmonising these and a range of other functions.

Interior

The ‘pure, hard’ spirit of the car, the limited space, and the aim of keeping things as light as possible suggest an extremely functional style to the interior. All of the main surfaces are fashioned of unadorned carbon fibre. A number of vehicle controls are clustered together on the steering wheel, a feature borrowed from Formula One which concentrates as many controls as possible on the wheel.

The structure of the racing seats is created entirely from carbon fibre and the driver can also adjust the squab-seat combination to obtain a perfect driving posture. The seats wrap around the driver very effectively.

Chassis and Powertrain

For the Enzo project, the chassis was built entirely from carbon fibre and aluminium honeycomb-sandwich panels, which made it possible to meet the demands of rigidity, lightness and safety.

The engine of the Ferrari Enzo is a 12-cylinder aspirated unit in a 65-degree? V, with a design that draws on Formula One.

The characteristics of this engine – known by the project number F140 – are a total displacement of 5998 cc, with a maximum power of 660 bhp at 7800 rpm and a torque of 657 Nm at 5550 rpm. The compression ratio is 11.2 and the engine shows a specific power of 110 horsepower per litre.

Brakes

Developed by Brembo, the brakes of the Ferrari Enzo are manufactured of carbon ceramic material (CCM).

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Source: Ferrari Press Release

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