By: Clinton Deacon, Journalist
Our spies from Carpix have caught what is believed to be the first shots of a mule for the successor to the all conquering Ferrari Enzo. It is wearing the body of the F430 Scuderia and had it not been for the shabby looks it may well have gone...Our intuitive spies from Carpix have caught what is believed to be the first shots of a mule for the successor to the all conquering Ferrari Enzo. It is wearing the body of the F430 Scuderia and had it not been for the shabby looks it may well have gone unnoticed.
The first thing that caught our eye on this model was the huge centrally mounted exhaust pipe that sits neatly at the bottom of the rear end. Judging by the incredible sound coming from this model, is is obvious the regular twin exhausts of the 430 Scuderia are completely unused. The wheelbase also look unusually long which further add to our suspicions.
The project is currently known as FX70 internally at Ferrari and they are still undecided as to what powertrain to employ under the bodywork. The first option would be to continue in the tradition of the first Enzo and pack a powerful V12 engine in, however the Prancing horse may look to downsize to a Twin-turbo V8. The latter of the two would see a power figure of between 50hp and 100hp lower than its larger alternative, but the weight saving advantages could see the performance maintained.
Some say the new Enzo could arrive as soon as 2010, but considering the test vehicles haven't made it past mule form yet, this seems unlikely. We will probably see it in either 2011 or 2012 with a price tag of at least $500,000 and a production run of around 300 vehicles.