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Enzo Ferrari 2002

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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.

Enzo Ferrari 2002

Enzo Ferrari 2002
PLACE OF ORIGIN  Maranello, Modena, Italy
HISTORICAL STATUS  production car
ENGINE  V12-cylinder, 366ci (5,998cc)
LAYOUT  mid-mounted engine driving the rear wheels
BODYWORK  two-door, two-seater coupé
TOP SPEED  217mph (349kph)

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