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Select potential customers will see the successor to the Enzo model early next year, but the F70 will be officially unveiled in January at the 2013 Detroit Auto Show.
Ferrari CEO Luca Cordero di Montezemolo let slip to reporters at the Geneva Motor Show that the newest iteration of the Enzo will be coming out at the end of 2012.
The new Enzo will receive a new name, as well as an all new design. ”It will be ‘presented to collectors and it will be a car with three aims: to amaze in terms of technological innovation (rationally not just performance), astonish and amaze in terms of design and amaze with its name,” said Montezemolo. “After calling a car Enzo in tribute to our founder indeed it isn’t easy to find a proper name for this car,” he finished.
Along the rumors spinning around the new Enzo, we’ve heard that it may feature hybrid technology.
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.
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GALLERY: Peter Simon Ferrari Enzo Successor
Ferrari‘s next supercar and the successor to the Enzo will use hybrid technology. “That car will incorporate the state of the art of our knowledge in terms of increasing performances while reducing fuel consumption and emissions. It will then influence all Ferraris that appear after it,” said Ferrari Chairman Luca di Montezemolo in an interview with AutoWeek.
It will use technology similar to that previewed in the HY-KERS 599 Concept that debuted at the Geneva Auto Show earlier this year; which itself is derived from the kinetic energy recovery system used in Formula One last year. The AutoWeek report states that the next Enzo is also quite likely to be smaller than past Ferrari supercars, with the exotic Italian automaker looking to save weight not just through the use of light weight composite components, but through a complete downsizing process.
Past reports have debunked rumors that the Enzo could use a twin-turbo V6 and even a twin-turbo V8 seems unlikely. The “next Enzo” is due out in 2012.
The successor to the Ferrari Enzo may not get the much-rumored twin-turbo V8 at all, but rather keep a V12 engine. The new rumor comes from AutoCar after an interview with company CEO Amedeo Felisa.
In an earlier article Felisa commented that, “Ferrari will not build a six-cylinder engine until customer attitudes towards smaller engines change. The perception today is that the number of cylinders equates to the possibilities of the car.” With that context he then commented that, “That is why we are developing hybrid technology. Hybrid means we can protect the V12.”
What AutoCar suggests in interpreting the remarks is that a top-level supercar would need to have a top-level engine – a V12. Hybrid technology would then be used to give the V12 engine increased performance. This would also allow for the immediate and smooth power delivery of a naturally aspirated setup. Ferrari execs have commented in the past that turbochargers posed a problem for the Ferrari driving philosophy as they don’t deliver the sort of linear feel that Ferrari customers want.
Reports of a twin-turbo V6 engine to power the upcoming Enzo successor have been quashed by Ferrari boss Amedeo Felisa. ““There are no plans for a six-cylinder engine today,” said Felisa in an interview with the U.K.’s AutoCar. “Ferrari will not build a six-cylinder engine until customer attitudes towards smaller engines change. The perception today is that the number of cylinders equates to the possibilities of the car.”
Rumors had also indicated that a twin-turbo V8 (a more likely option for such an ultra high-performance machine), but Felisa didn’t comment on that possibility, increasing speculation that we will in fact see such a powerplant situated over the rear wheels of the next Enzo.
In addition to those comments Felisa spoke about the increased use of carbon fiber in its future models, commenting that the Italian automaker won’t use the light-weight material extensively in its production cars any time soon. The exception to this rule, however, are extremely limited production cars like the next Enzo – which don’t see regular road use. Felisa cited a lack of knowledge about long term reliability and durability of carbon fiber, as well as issues relating to repairing the material if its used in a structural way – like McLaren has done with its new MP4-12C.
We expect more details to emerge about the next Enzo as Ferrari ramps up to launch its latest supercar in 2012.
In a recent interview with the U.K.’s CAR magazine, Ferrari CEO Amedeo Felisa spilled some details on the exotic Italian automaker’s future product plans, including a hint that the replacement for the 612 Scaglietti will arrive in 2012. Unfortunately for Ferrari, the replacement comes about 8 years too late. (Yup, do the math, the 612 first launched in 2004).
Also due out in 2012 is a successor to the Enzo. Don’t expect a hybrid powerplant or any other green-technology breakthroughs, however, as Felisa says a hybrid Ferrari is at least four years away from being on the road. We wouldn’t be surprised to see a twin-turbo motor out back, much like in the iconic F40.
As for the 599, it’s still a relative baby, so don’t look for a replacement until 2015.
Being from the U.K. the folks at CAR also couldn’t resist asking Ferrari about the upcoming McLaren MP4-12C. “We like the challenge,” said Feilisa. “It is important to have the competition. But we are not worried about it.” Ferrari might just want to be, however, as the new McLaren promises a lower curb weight and more power.