Imagine bringing the Formula One technology in to a super car. Okay, you won’t be like the great Michael Schumacher of his heydays or Fernando Alonso, but you will feel exactly how they do while racing. It’s not only the looks that were brought into imagination by the great designer, Ken Okuyama or the carbon-fibre body that was initially reserved for Formula One cars, but also the powerful V12 engine that sparked a new generation of fast and efficient engines for Ferrari, will remind you that you are not driving an ordinary vehicle.
The Enzo Ferrari is one of its kind. The Enzo first came to life in 2002 as a complement to Ferrari’s family of high performance cars and featured the latest technology that was being implemented in their Formula One vehicles.
This was the period where Ferrari had totally dominated the Formula One Scene after winning three years in a row. The Enzo of three models namely the F40, GTO and the F50-both of them had some of the best technology ever seen in a racing car. Only 400 of these vehicles have been built. Partially based on the architecture of Maserati’s Quattroporte V8 engine, the Enzo Ferrari’s V12 engine marked the beginning of a new breed of engines for the dominant super car manufacturer. Being a mid-engine car, the weight of the engine is distributed at 43.9/56.9 front/rear.
It features dual overhead cams, variable valve timing and 4 valves per cylinder. Its Bosch Motronic ME7 fuel injection mechanism and the focus on natural aspiration on the engine ensures increased efficiency. The 5998 cc engine that produces 660 PS which translates to 485 kW; 651 hp at 7800 rpm is enough to thrill any speed car lover.
The Enzo Ferrari has a semi-automatic transition that is referred to as a F1 gearbox in racing cars and uses paddles to control the clutch mechanism and automated shifting. You do not have to use your instincts while driving this vehicle since it informs the driver when to change gears via the LED lights on the steering wheel. With a shift time of only 150 milliseconds, the vehicle’s reaction to gear changes is unbelievable. Like a number of sports cars nowadays, the Enzo features a 4 wheel independent suspension and push-rod actuated shock absorbers that can be easily adjusted from the cabin. When it comes to performance, the Ferrari Enzo bosses your favorite sports car by accelerating from 0-60 mph (100 km/hr) in only 3.14 seconds.
In fact, it can reach 100 mph (160 km/hr) in approximately 6.6 seconds. If you are wondering about the top speed of the Enzo, well, it has been recorded to be as high as 221mph (355 km/hr) and its fuel consumption rates stands at 12 miles per gallon, which is approximately 20L/100km in populated areas, and 18 miles per gallon or 13L/100km on the highway.