Ferrari Enzo information:
Ferrari Enzo- A Limited Production Beauty
This car was not a production model. The Enzo was a limited run model that was brought out to test Ferrari's engineers, to create the most powerful, fastest car they could. They put in all the thought and the tricks they could make this the fastest car they've ever built. This machine does not care how it looks- it is fast, and it is precise, and that is what matters, both to the people who own them and the people who built them.
What makes this car unique?
This car was Ferrari's first car that was built with no limits, no hesitation, no thought to limits or restrictions, and as such has some revolutionary new things built into it. The technical details are covered more in-depth later in the article, so suffice here to say that in comparison to its older cars it represents exactly what Ferrari wanted for it- a step forward.
The interior is much of what one would expect from an F1 inspired Ferrari. Steering wheel mounted controls, tire pressure monitors, advanced screens and precise controls within easy reach, and column-mounted paddle-shifters give this car ease of control in ways you would expect from this sort of car, inspired as it was by racing, by Ferrari's recent run of success on the F1 tracks.
Models and Options
Ferrari is not a company to make you pay more for the features you might want from them, indeed they give you everything in the basic package, and though the cost may reflect that, it means that you know that you're getting everything they could pack into the car within their design limits. So options are generally pretty low, but with that said the base design of the car means that you won't miss the lack of options.
Model-wise the same story goes. Both from Maserati and Ferrari there are cars which were based on the same frame and transmission designs as was the Enzo, however the large amount of differences between those cars and the Enzo that they really can't be considered models of this car. The Millechilli- a codename for an experimental sports car- is supposed to be designed off of the Enzo's frame. The FXX is another experimental car, one that for the foreseeable future Ferrari will use to test their new designs.
Tech Specs- the numbers and the details
The car, as might be expected, is as impressive under the hood as it looks and performs. With 650 horsepower, and 485 foot-pounds of torque, even numerically it's an impressive car. With top speeds over 218 mph, and boasting a dry weight of 2766 lbs, the car, for its speed and power is light, even in comparison to other sports cars even by Ferrari, which can sometimes weigh well over 4000 pounds.
With a 65 degree V12 nestled comfortably over its rear axle, the car sits light on the road. Reports from the test drivers talk about the way the car brakes, the way it stops- indeed, even 200-0 stopping as fast as the car can, she barely squats or leans- you feel it as you push against the harness, but the car doesn't even notice. Carbon-fiber reinforced 14.9 inch brake pads, probably have something to do with that stopping speed. The way the car responds has to do with the independent suspension systems on both the front and rear wheels.
The Enzo is designed the way it is for a reason. It looks sleek, mean, not a line wasted, no excessive curve to be found. The car was built after countless hours of careful design, redesign, and rework. Expect no less than exact precision from this car, and understand that every hole and every angle is there for a reason. Her downward force on the road is almost always less than what the numbers might say, but it's done without loss of traction.
So it has the power- how does it drive?
At any given speed you can see the exact effect of her body on the way she rides, and handles. The car is made by some of the best manufacturers and designers on the planet- no joke, these people understand their business. You won't find yourself losing traction in one of these. That said, don't expect her to handle easy- she has the best money can buy under her hood and in that body, and you can expect no less performance from her.
That said, unlike some other modern cars, she was not designed to cater to every man. Which means the Enzo drives mean, and drives fast- so take care when you're going around town. She handles exactly as well as you'd expect even at high speeds, but it takes a special sort of knowledge to drive a car like that.
What's it going to cost to keep her on the road?
The average fuel economy for a car like this sits at around 15 mpg, but keep this in mind when looking at that number- on the highway, it'll be higher, in the city, it'll be lower. So plan accordingly, and remember that the car is unique, how you drive and how it sits is unique- so it won't always be the same.
Parting thoughts- Ferrari and the Enzo
This car- this article could be two or three times this length and still not go over every small nuance that comes with a car like this. Everything, from the rubber on the road to the leather on the wheel to the engine block behind you, everything in this car has been considered and optimized. Don't expect anything less than impeccable performance and responsiveness.
That said, it's a hard car to find. Only 399 were made, and those were all claimed the moment they were announced. Keep your eyes peeled, and ask around, and with a good amount of luck and a lot of persistence, you might find one someday. Just remember that it's a collectible and a wonderful machine, at that, so do not get to thinking the cost will be cheap. It is, after all, a Ferrari.
Ferrari Enzo Images:
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Ferrari Enzo modifications:
|All Ferrari Enzo years|
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2dr Coupe (6.0L 12cyl 6AM) (2003)
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