The name of this vehicle is a tribute to the man who founded the fabulous Ferrari marque. Enzo Ferrari himself died in 1988, but his company—and its incredibly successful Formula One team—have continued to flourish.
The two-seater Enzo Ferrari drew heavy inspiration from Formula One champion Michael Schumacher’s racing machines. Like a Formula One car, the Enzo had a carbon-fiber-composite monocoque structure, body panels made from CFC/Nomex, and a V12 engine. However, while the racing Ferrari featured wind-cheating wings and baffles, the Enzo Ferrari relied on a cunning “active aerodynamics” system.
At the front, it sported a Formula-One style raised nose and two massive air intakes to channel air up to the brakes and over the windshield. The tail section was abruptly truncated but had no rear aerofoil; instead, huge venturis between the rear wheels sucked out air, pulling the car down hard to the road surface. It had carbon-ceramic brakes discs, too. Ferrari’s traditional design partner Pininfarina was commissioned to style the car. The lithe, aggressive supercar, with a functional cockpit lined with carbon fiber, hit the bullseye. Within hours of launch, all 349 Enzos were sold at £425,000 apiece, and Ferrari agreed to build 51 more only after uproar from frustrated collectors.
“Steering is fantastic, quick, direct, perfectly weighted. But above it all is that engine. The Enzo accelerates so fiercely [that] the next corner comes rushing up to the windshield.”
Joe Lorio, Automobile Magazine, 2002
Video: model of the car Enzo Ferrari
Specification: model of the car Enzo Ferrari
YEAR REVEALED: 2002
PLACE OF ORIGIN: Maranello, Modena, Italy
HISTORICAL STATUS: production car
ENGINE: V12-cylinder, 366ci (5,998cc)
MAXIMUM POWER: 660bhp
LAYOUT: mid-mounted engine driving the rear wheels
BODYWORK: two-door, two-seater coupé
TOP SPEED: 217mph (349kph)
NUMBER BUILT: 400