Ferrari Enzo designer stuns the crowd with a carbon fiber speedster.
You might not immediately recognize the name Ken Okuyama, but I guarantee you’re familiar with his work. The Japanese designer helped pen such icons as the Ferrari Enzo, and was responsible for gorgeous cars like the Maserati Quattoporte and Ferrari P4/5. In other words, the guy knows what he’s doing.
Now running his own design firm, Okuyama brings us this, the Kode57 Enji, which debuts at this year’s Quail Motorsports Gathering. It’s a lightweight, open-top supercar concept, though the designer says he’d eventually like to do a small production run of the very stunning roadster.
It’s powered by a 6.0-liter V12, said to produce 611 horsepower and 448 pound-feet of torque, mated to a six-speed semi-automatic transmission. The accompanying spec sheet lists a Novitec tune for the engine, as well, upping output to 692 hp and 473 lb-ft. Hot damn.
And holy crap is this thing unique. It’s certainly its own bold statement, and I love specific elements like the floating taillamp rings. Staggered 21-inch front and 22-inch rear wheels round out the corners, and thanks to carbon fiber body panels, the whole thing only weighs about 3,600 pounds.
Will it ever actually see the light of day? I won’t hold my breath. But it’s still quite a sight to behold, even if I’ll only ever see it on display in Monterey.
Photos: Nathan Leach-Proffer / Motor1.com