Announced at the 2002 Paris Motor Show, the Enzo was created to celebrate Ferrari’s return to Formula 1 dominance and coincided with Ferrari’s 2002 World Championship win. It also seemed fitting to name the car in memory of the company’s legendary founder, who never wavered in his commitment to racing, particularly Formula 1.
At its core, the resulting supercar can be likened to Schumacher’s championship-winning F1 car with a sports car body. The spec sheet certainly reads like that of an F1 car, with a carbon-fibre chassis, carbon-ceramic disc brakes and a paddle-operated six-speed gearbox. Pininfarina highlighted the Enzo’s F1 heritage by incorporating a pronounced nose and giant rear air diffusers. The aerodynamic package, including computer-controlled adaptive aerodynamics, was so effective that unprecedented levels of grip were achieved with minimal drag penalties.
The 5,998 cc V-12 is a paragon of engineering wizardry, producing 650 bhp and 484 pounds-feet of torque. In contemporary tests, Road & Track noted that the Enzo recorded the best acceleration figures ever for a production road car – 0-60 mph in 3.3 seconds and the ¼-mile in 11.1 seconds at 133 mph. Testers also marvelled at the Brembo-developed, race-bred braking system, and their best 188-ft stop was another record. Yet another best was the 73-mph run through the slalom and a skid-pad reading of 1.01 g of lateral acceleration! Other road testers indicated a top speed of 218 mph.
Production was very limited, and only existing Ferrari owners were invited to buy one. Just 349 cars were originally planned, all of which sold before production began. Later, after numerous requests, 50 more cars were made, bringing the total to 399, with the 400th Enzo presented to Pope John Paul II.
This car was auctioned off by RM Auctions in October of 2010 at the Battersea Evolution, London.
650 bhp, 5,998 cc V-12 engine with double overhead camshafts, four valves per cylinder, Bosch Motronic engine management and electronic fuel-injection, six-speed computer-controlled sequential gearbox, limited-slip differential and traction control, front and rear pushrod-actuated double wishbones with horizontal coil-spring damper units, and four-wheel, ventilated carbon-ceramic 15-inch disc brakes with ABS. Wheelbase: 104.3".
Source: RM Auctions
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