Ferrari Enzo

The engine is a masterpiece of design and engineering wizardry. It marks the start of a new generation of Ferrari V12s bringing much of the company’s F1 design technology to a road car. The 65-degree V12, displacing 5,998 cc’s would be the largest to date for Ferrari since the 712 Can Am racer, producing 660hp at 7,800rpm and 484 pounds/feet of torque. The engine features twin overhead cams, four valves per cylinder and a variable length induction system first used in Ferrari’s 1995 F1 engine. It is the first Ferrari powerplant to boast continuously variable exhaust-valve timing. The telescoping intake manifold that helps to boost torque is another device right out of the F1engineer’s playbook. The engine is constructed of aluminum alloy while the cylinder walls are lined with Nikasil and connecting rods are made of titanium. Valve covers and the airbox are topped with carbon fiber for light weight. Providing proper lubrication is an F1-style wraparound dry sump system. Its engine weighs just 496 lbs.

Inspired by the 512M Le Mans racer, the doors operate scissor-style giving access to the cockpit. Aside from leather-clad Sparco racing seats, door inserts and door handles, the cabin is all business with an expanse of bare carbon fiber. Simplicity is the theme here. The flat-topped steering wheel is awash in buttons enabling the Enzo’s driver to perform numerous tasks without moving his or her hand from the steering wheel. Even the turn signals are buttons on the two horizontal spokes. At the top of the wheel are seven LED lights with red and yellow indicators warning you when you need to take a closer look at the instruments. Despite having a 10,000-rpm tach, the five center lights atop the steering wheel ensure that your progress from 6000-8000 rpm is carefully monitored. The instrument panel houses the aforementioned tach, which is flanked by an LCD display on the left and a 250 mph speedometer on the right. The instrument panel, doors, steering wheel and center console are all made of carbon fiber. There is no radio, but there is climate control; an Enzo is all about the business of driving.

Ferrari would claim the world’s first integrated electronic control system (engine, gearbox, suspension, traction control, aerodynamics, brakeforce distribution, and anti-lock braking) whereby the constant communication among all operating systems would deliver optimum performance. Another bona-fide first would be the Enzo’s carbon fiber vented Brembo four-wheel disc brakes with anti-lock circuitry. The space age material enables the car to stop not only quickly, but makes them impervious to fade after repeated use. 

Electronic traction control optimizes performance by allowing just the right amount of wheel spin to achieve maximum acceleration. Power is put to the pavement by massive Bridgestone Potenza RE050 Scuderia 335/35RxZR 19-inch tires while the fronts are 2345/35xZR 19-inchers. Suspension is courtesy of a four-wheel, fully independent setup with wishbones, coil springs, anti-roll bars, and cockpit-controlled telescopic dampers both front and rear.

Part of the RM Auctions in Monterey in August, 2009 and Arizona in January, 2013.

660 hp at 7,800rpm, 5,998 cc twin overhead cam V12 engine, four valves per cylinder, 11.2:1 compression ratio, Bosch Motronic ME 7 integrated digital electronic fuel injection, F1-type coiled sump lubrication, six-speed paddle-shift F1-style transmission, four-wheel independent front and rear suspension with wishbones, coil springs, anti-roll bar and telescopic dampers, four-wheel Brembo carbon fiber brakes with anti-lock. Wheelbase: 104.3".

Source: RM Auctions
Photo Credit: Copyright Darin Schnabel; Pawel Litwinski

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