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Two of the world’s most sought after exotics are up for sale, and adding to the two vehicles is the fact that they’re owned by Michael Schumacher.
When you own one of the world’s rarest vehicles, crashing it is about the last thing on your to-do list. Unfortunately, Zahir Rana did just that (and in spectacular fasion) crashing his Ferrari Enzo into the Atlantic Ocean last year during the Targa Newfoundland event.
1933 Alfa Romeo 8C 2300
Sergio Pininfarina passed away in his Turin, Italy home today at 85, so in honor of the renowned designer, we’ve compiled a list of our top 10 favorite designs from oldest to newest.
Pininfarina’s father started as a coachbuilder and founded the company. Those roots are evidenced in the 1933 Alfa Romeo 8C 2300, to which the company contributed coaches. Today, we associate the 8C name with a modern Alfa sports car, but its styling is still influenced by the original.
Coming off a very successful start to the year that already generated a 42.1 million euro profit, Ferrari chairman Luca di Montezemolo is confirming a hybrid Enzo by the end of the year.
Looking to get yourself a nice little gift this holiday season to go with your brand new iPhone 4S? Silverlit is proud to offer you a Ferrari Enzo toy car that can be controlled through an iPhone app via Bluetooth. Even though we’re only offered a single photo of the toy car, we’re impressed by its details and we’re certain like other Silverlit products, it’s made from hobby grade material.
Leveraging the power of the iPhone and its versatility in app development, Silverlit’s Enzo offers more than your typical remote controlled car. Instead of just having forward, back, left and right controls, the app allows you to control the Enzo at various speeds, has a multi-racing steering and gives you the power to control the headlights, taillights and turning lights.
Following up on a supercar such as Ferrari’s Enzo is no easy task. The car is legend and its design is unmistakable. With a successor to the Enzo inevitable, many have envisioned what Ferrari may have in store as a follow up – including Hungarian artist Peter Simon. For our part, we hope he’s wrong.
Clearly Simon’s rendering carries much of the Enzo’s design characteristics, but we fear that his vision takes a turn for the wost beyond that point. The majority of the body looks completely out of proportion, with an excessively wide body that doesn’t fit with the Enzo’s sleek function-over-form design.
An Enzo successor is in the works and we just hope it stays sleek and sexy, not weird and gaudy.
Continue to be appalled by browsing through the gallery below.
GALLERY: Peter Simon Ferrari Enzo Successor
Ever wanted to collect one of the world’s most famous vehicles? Here’s your chance. The only working test car for the Enzo is now available for purchase with an unknown price tag. This is the only prototype Enzo that ever left Ferrari‘s factory and comes with all the factory certification.
A true collector’s car, this prototype Enzo features a more powerful V12 with approximately 670-hp, which is about 30-hp more than what was offered in the production Enzo. The prototype weighs in at just a few pounds over 3,000.
Unfortunately no pricing could be found, but if you have to ask you most certainly can’t afford it.
GALLERY: Ferrari Enzo Prototype
[Source: Modena Motorsport]
You thought having a Ferrari Enzo was cool enough these days? How about a twin turboed one that set a class speed record (and subsequently an Enzo top speed record) of 238 mph? Our only regret is not being able to hear just how amazing this piece of machinery must sound – at idle and at 200+ mph.
To top it all off, this Enzo sports 31,366 miles on its odometer making it the most driven Ferrari Enzo ever. Fastest and most used, that’s an interesting combination wouldn’t you say?
The record wasn’t achieved without its own hurdles to overcome. The twin turbo Enzo had its fair share of problems from finding the proper tune to a troublesome parachute. Owned by Richard Losee, the team had one final run before the day would come to an end out at the Bonneville Salt Flats and team tuner Shane Tecklenburg did one last tune and kept his fingers crossed that it’d be enough.
“I had to leave for the airport literally right when we made the run as I was headed for a race in Phoenix,” said tuner Shane Tecklenburg. “I was changing the tune up while we were towing the car back to the pit and I left immediately afterward not really knowing if what I had done would be enough to get them there.”
Well, clearly Shane had some good news when he got to the airport as the Enzo hit 238.142 mph with an average run of 237.81 mph.
Yes, we’re jealous.
GALLERY: Twin Turbo Ferrari Enzo
Sure it’s crossed our mind before. Take the best of Ferrari and Lamborghini and shove it all into one car. The result would be pure awesome, wouldn’t it? Apparently not, especially if you don’t quite hit the nail on the head. We spotted this one-off custom car that clearly blends inspired styling from a Ferrari Enzo and a Lamborghini Reventon. But the overall product is just a disaster.
At first you’ll see Lamborghini design cues when you spot the headlights and the overall front end, but clearly there’s a ton of Enzo inspiration also going on. Then pop into the interior (via the awesome convertible) and notice the center-drive and McLaren F1-style seating. When you get to the rear, you’ll be blown away by the Infiniti G35 taillights.
We do give lots of credit for thinking (way) out-of-the-box and being bold enough to execute something like this. Even though the interior looks a little shoddy, the overall project is well put together. We’re just disappointed that when someone finally took the time to blend Italy’s two most iconic car manufacturers the product looks more like a redheaded stepchild.
Oh, and it pretty much goes without saying that this kit car started off life as a Pontiac Fiero.
GALLERY: Custom Ferrari Reventon Car
[Source: Indiana's Auto Blog]
Back in May, we thought it was the end of Gemballa when Uwe Gemballa went missing (in February) and his wife filed bankruptcy on the company. Most everyone believed that this would be the end of the beloved Gemballa brand but it looks like it won’t fade into the darkness that easily. What is interesting though is that this resurgence of the Gemballa brand will have nothing to do with its original owners and founders being that Uwe Gemballa is still missing.
Andreas Swartz and Steffen Korbach have stepped in, buying the rights to the Gemballa brand along with whatever was lying around. Swartz will be acting as the CEO of the new Gemballa and both plan on making announcements on Monday that will push Gemballa towards more of a true aftermarket manufacturer. They also have plans on tuning the Porsche Panamera and Cayenne in addition to Ferrari’s Enzo.
Instead of offering full out vehicles or stand-alone sets of wheels, Swartz and Korbach are aiming towards Gemballa-branded products that can be purchased as components so enthusiasts can build the cars themselves. Whether or not this is the best direction for Gemballa to go, it’s certainly the most profitable way. It’s easy to see much of the prestige will be diminished of owning anything Gemballa now that anyone can get their hands on it piece-by-piece, but hey – it’s the smart thing to do. We’re just more curious to see how the design of the products will look under new vision. Guess the drama of Gemballa continues…stay tuned!
[Source: Motor Trend]
Back in 2006, Provo, UT resident Richard Lossee crashed his Ferrari Enzo at over 100 mph during a sanctioned road rally. Rather than let the car go to waste, he opted to re-build it. But with its prospective resale value shot, what could really be done with it? Richard, a.k.a. “Our Idol” decided to build a twin-turbo monster with the express purpose of assaulting the Bonneville Salt Flats. Skinny tires? Check. Parachute? Check. Lexan windows? Check. Aerodynamic nose-cone? Check.
At 11-12 lbs of boost, the Enzo is putting down 850 wheel horsepower, but the expected boost pressure will be raised to 18-19 lbs for the Bonneville Run, which should put it well into triple digits. Odds are, the original, 226 mph top speed will be absolutely decimated.
The kicker? The replacement body for Lossee’s Enzo was supplied by none other than Tifosi Extraordinaire Jim Glickenhaus. That’s right, this body was the original, unused Enzo body for the P 4/5. How cool is that?
[Source: Daily Derbi]
James Glickenhaus, the man behind the coachbuilt Pininfarina Ferrari P4/5, has commented that he is looking into building a race version of the car to compete in endurance racing.
The P4/5, which debuted at the 2006 Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance, is a one-off rebodied Ferrari Enzo, built by the Pininfarina design house to look like the famous 1967 Ferrari P4 race car. It is reported to have cost Glickenhaus $4 million.
Now it appears as though Glickenhaus is planning a sibling for his custom creation. Posting under the the screen name Napoli on FerrariChat, the prolific poster writes “There may be an act 2 here. I am seriously investigating a proposal to make P4/5 Competizione and enter her in a major 24 hour race. There are a LOT of stars that would have to align for this to happen but it’s not impossible…”
If the project does go ahead, the Nürburgring 24 hour race is the most likely venue at which the car would race.
GALLERY: Ferrari P4/5 Competizione Renderings