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Ferrari Enzo Autoweek drive review

Ferrari Enzo Autoweek drive review

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August 12, 2002www.autoweek.com
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INSIDE THIS WEEK:Mitsubishi Outlander
s
 VW Passat W8
s
NASCAR Brickyard 400
WE DRIVE:The 660-hp FERRARIsupercar, an F1 racer for the street
PLUS:World champ Michael Schumachertells us how he helped develop it
 
AUTOWEEK
AUGUST 12, 2002
13
FERRARI
THE ENZOTHE ENZO
 
FERRARI
F1 made user-friendly
BY KEVIN A. WILSON WITH PHOTOS BY CHARLIE MAGEE
MARANELLO GLOWED WITH GOOD NEWS.Michael Schumacher had clinched his Fangio-tyingfifth Formula One World Driving Championship atMagny-Cours on Sunday and by happy coincidencewe had watched the race from a hotel in Modena.Monday morning, we gathered at the factory for ourfirst experience of Ferrari’s F1-inspired supercar, theEnzo. Heir to the company’s line of supercars includ-ing the 1984 288GTO, 1987 F40 and 1995 F50, thenew car’s full name is “The Enzo Ferrari” in tributeto the company’s founder. When we arrived at theFiorano test track, there it sat, glimmering red in theforecourt of
 il Commendatores
former residence.MARANELLO GLOWED WITH GOOD NEWS.Michael Schumacher had clinched his Fangio-tyingfifth Formula One World Driving Championship atMagny-Cours on Sunday and by happy coincidencewe had watched the race from a hotel in Modena.Monday morning, we gathered at the factory for ourfirst experience of Ferrari’s F1-inspired supercar, theEnzo. Heir to the company’s line of supercars includ-ing the 1984 288GTO, 1987 F40 and 1995 F50, thenew car’s full name is “The Enzo Ferrari” in tributeto the company’s founder. When we arrived at theFiorano test track, there it sat, glimmering red in theforecourt of
 il Commendatore’s
former residence.
F1 made user-friendly
BY KEVIN A. WILSON WITH PHOTOS BY CHARLIE MAGEE
 
14
AUTOWEEK
AUGUST 12,2002
It looks better in personthan in photos, which tendto foreshorten the car, makeit look taller than its 45.2inches, and lose some of thenose-to-tail continuity.Regardless, the Enzo is notPininfarina’s prettiest Ferrari.Delightful details catch theeye, from the bike-like tail-lights to the cleverly integrat-ed intake vents in the rockerpanels aft of the doors, to therearview mirrors on stalksand the single-nut wheels, butit’s more a visual pastichethan an organic whole.Like modern racingmachines, the Enzo is notalluring but has a sinisterpresence that honestly statesits function, resembling theMcLaren F1 in prioritizing pur-pose over prettiness. Indeed,the McLaren F1 may be a bet-ter touchstone for this carthan any previous Ferrari inmany regards, though Ferrariwould be loath to admit it.The Enzo means to beat theMcLaren street car’s blend ofon-road civility with F1 sensa-tions, reflecting on the roadthe relative reversal of fortuneson the track in recent years.Ferrari president Lucadi Montezemolo says Enzodevelopment began in earnestfour years ago (though interiordesign sketches are datedApril 1997), a decade after thefounder’s death, just as Ferrariprepared to seize the F1manufacturers’ championshipafter a 16-year drought.“In 1999 we won themanufacturers’ champion-ship; in 2000 we added thedrivers’ championship for thefirst time in 21 years,” hesaid. “We won the last cham-pionship of the 20th century,and the first of the 21st centu-ry. I wanted to celebrate thiswith a car very much like aFormula One. After honoringModena and Maranello, wefelt this was the right car tohonor with the name of ourfounder.”To heighten the F1 connec-tion, the engineering teamconsulted with Ferrari racingteam engineers and designersincluding Jean Todt, RossBrawn and Rory Byrne, andat least some of the develop-ment driving and car setupwas done by the world cham-pion himself (see sidebar, page16). Ferrari also brought in itsracing “partners,” includingBrembo, which produced gar-gantuan carbon-carbon brakesfor the Enzo, Magneti Marelli,which further improved theF1 paddle-shift system for thishigh-power application andBridgestone, which came upwith a multi-compound,multifunction tire with F1-appropriate four circumferen-tial grooves. The rubber,dubbed the Potenza Scuderia,was specifically tuned to theEnzo. These partners alsogot to “share” in the develop-ment costs, of course.Okay, so they had highambitions and great resourcesat their disposal. What havechief engineer Amedeo Felisaand company wrought?The Enzo is a mid-engine,carbon fiber monocoque two-seater. Like any Ferrari, itstrue heart is the engine, a 6.0-liter, four-valves-per-cylinderdohc V12 generating 660horsepower at 7800 rpm and485 lb-ft at 5500 rpm. At 3000rpm, there’s already 383 lb-ftunder your right foot. Thecompression ratio is 11.2:1, soit wants to drink the best pre-mium fuel you can find. Thespecific output of 110 hp/literis damned good for such alarge-displacement engine,yielding the rare combinationof a bulging, muscle car low-rpm torque curve with gen-uine howling race car charac-ter at the high end, from 6000rpm to the 8200-rpm redline.This all-new engine boastschain-driven camshafts,titanium connecting rods,variable inlet geometry andvariable cam timing. It weighsless than 500 pounds andwas designed as a compactpackage to allow for the wide,downforce-generating under-body tunnels to run alongside.It is designated F140 andmanufactured, like all Ferrariengines, in a sparkling newfacility that opened last year,sunlit through expansivewindows and a glass roof,kitchen-clean and incorporat-ing trees. Yes, trees. Inside anengine plant. (Montezemolo:“If you are to build the bestcars, you must work in thebest facility.”)This engine is mounted toa subframe composed of twolarge, intricately shaped sideelements forged in alloy inthe company’s own foundry.Pure sculpture, these siderails are bolted together with
THEENZOFERRARI
2004 ENZOFERRARI
 ARRIVING:
January 2003
BASE PRICE:
$670,000
POWERTRAIN:
6.0-liter, 660-hp,485-lb-ft V12;rear-drive, six-speedpaddle-actuatedmanual transaxle
CURB WEIGHT:
3009 pounds
0 TO 60 MPH:
3.5 seconds (mfr.)

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