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Ferrari Readying its “Most Powerful” Model Ever

Enzo replacement to be revealed in Geneva.

by on Feb.11, 2013

Ferrari is keeping a lot under the hood of the Enzo successor, for now, including its name.

The conclave that will begin in Rome next month to select a new pope isn’t the only news out of Italy generating intense speculation.  In automotive circles, at least, the real question is what’s in store from Ferrari when it finally unveiled long-awaited replacement for the legendary Enzo supercar.

The good news for the Ferraristi is that they won’t have to wait much longer.  What the maker is promising to be its most powerful sports car ever will make its debut at next month’s Geneva Motor Show. And while there likely won’t be much white smoke from the exhaust considering the new model is promised to reduce emissions by 40%, we’re expecting plenty of tire smoke once the “HyperFerrari” is fired up.

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A Ferrari Instagram posting offers a few hints of what’s in store, the maker suggesting that, “Geneva Motor Show I am coming to take your hearts away. The Most Powerful HyperFerrari on its way to take your breath away, a hypercar which can eclipse any competition. Formula1 technology direct inhereted into this masterpiece, a car which can turn into a cornor as quick as a Formula1 car, a car packed with downforce as a real Formula1 car. #destroythecompetition #forzaferrari”

We’ve seen a fair bit of speculation as to what the Enzo replacement will deliver. And, as the Instagram post suggests, it will be just a notch short of being Formula One-ready, down to offering every buyer a custom-fitted seat. While the seat will be fixed, the steering wheel and pedals will be adjustable.

The largely carbon fiber vehicle will, it appears, be produced very much like an F1, with each composite chassis produced by hand in an autoclave.  That should yield, among other things, the stiffest Ferrari platform ever and perhaps its lightest.

Ferrari has offered only a few hints as to the Enzo successor’s dimensions, indicating a goal of achieving “a reduction in height and wheelbase to match that of the 458 Italia.”

The engine, meanwhile, is reportedly an evolutionary update of the F12 Berlinetta’s 6.3-liter V-12, meaning something well in excess of 740 horsepower – especially when the F1-derived HY-KERS system kicks in.  This is no Prius drive. The hybrid technology will capture energy normally lost during braking and coasting, but the goal is to deliver it back to the wheels as quickly as possible when a burst of power is needed, meaning a maximum of perhaps 10 seconds.  Power will be delivered through a new double-clutch gearbox.

Expect to see 0 to 60 times of less than 3 seconds, according to industry sources.  Meanwhile, the Enzo replacement will deliver a wide range of electronic control systems – again, many derived from F1. That is likely to include some form of torque vectoring.

We should find out the rest of the story on March 5th at the PALExpo center in Geneva.

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One Response to “Ferrari Readying its “Most Powerful” Model Ever”

  1. Jorge M. says:

    I hope the next new Ferrari model doesn’t have the foolish looking slanted front light pods. They look terrible IMO.