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Ferrari Teases Enzo Replacement

Geneva unveiling planned for fastest, most powerful 2-seater ever to wear the prancing pony.

by on Feb.28, 2013

A striking back end teaser image hints at the Ferrari Enzo successor coming to Geneva.

With the Geneva Motor Show fast approaching, our e-mailbox is getting stuffed with lots of previews and teasers, but when we spotted the one marked “Ferrari,” we had to open it immediately. And, indeed, it confirmed what rumors have long suggested, a major announcement planned for the upcoming show of a “new limited edition special series car.”

Translation: the eagerly awaited replacement for the legendary Ferrari Enzo.  The exact name for the new model remains to be seen, various reports suggesting the project has a codename of either the F150 or F70.

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To get the adrenaline flowing Ferrari has begun to release some teaser images, but specifics, starting with the actual name, are under tight wraps. Nonetheless, good sources have begun to provide enough hard details to begin pulling the picture together.

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A 900 hp Hybrid? Think Ferrari

Italian maker's Enzo successor coming to Detroit Auto Show.

by on Oct.09, 2012

An image from Ferrari shows how the V-12 and HY-KERS hybrid system will fit inside the new supercar debuting in Detroit next January.

Mention hybrids and most folks will likely picture a slow and staid automobile whose primary advantage is fuel efficiency.  But a new Ferrari, codenamed F150, is likely to change that perception.

And, no, that’s not the Italian maker’s first-ever truck.  F150 is internal code for what is expected to be the successor to the legendary Ferrari Enzo.  What name it will use in the showroom remains a top secret but Italian media are speculating it could be the F70.

Based on an ultra-light carbon fiber chassis, the new model is expected to pack a 900-horsepower drivetrain into its engine bay, a powertrain pairing a V-12 gasoline engine and a lithium-ion-based hybrid system.

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To put things into comparison, that’s nine times more than the standard Toyota Prius and seven times more than the bigger Prius V. Measured another way, Ferrari has revealed the F150 will make about 0.61 horsepower per pound of weight, one of the best power-to-weight ratios ever seen, so 0 to 60 times could be at least four times faster than that of your everyday hybrid.

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Ferrari Abandons F150 Nameplate

Yields to Ford in trademark lawsuit.

by on Feb.11, 2011

It's now the "Ferrari F150th Italia."

Ferrari officials may be ready to battle it out on the track, but they’ve apparently decided they’d rather switch than fight in the courtroom.

The Italian supercar maker has announced it will no longer call its new Formula 1 race car the F150, a name the company said was meant to celebrate the 150th year of Italy’s union.  Instead, it will be referred to only as the Ferrari F150th Italia in all forms of communication, the maker announced.

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The move came shortly after Ford’s legal team fired off a salvo at the company it has frequently battled on the track.  Ford filed suit, in U.S. District Court in Detroit, accusing Ferrari of trademark infringement for lifting the name of the well-known Ford F-150 pickup.  The U.S. maker also listed cybersquatting on the complaint, a reference to the FerrariF150.com website.

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Ford Seeks to Block Ferrari from Using F150 Badge

U.S. maker taking dispute to court.

by on Feb.09, 2011

Ferrari F150 - definitely not a pickup truck.

A simmering dispute between U.S. automaker Ford and Italy’s Ferrari has bubbled into public view and could soon land the two makers in court.

Ford plans to seek an injunction, this week against Ferrari over the use of the F150 name for the Italian maker’s latest Formula 1 racecar, according to sources familiar with the matter.

Similar disputes have occurred over the years, though were usually settled without going to court – or even appearing in public.

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Toyota, for example, once planned to adopt the 150 designation for its full-size pickups, an upgrade of the earlier T-100.  Facing Ford’s wrath, the Japanese maker eventually went with Tundra.

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