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 |  Oct 13 2012, 10:01 AM

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.

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 |  Aug 31 2012, 11:32 AM

Remember last years Targa Newfoundland mishap with Zahir Rana and his modified Ferrari Enzo careening into the Marystown river? Rana is now being blamed for another mishap that may hinder the progress of this years Targa Newfoundland.

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 |  Apr 17 2012, 6:32 PM

Following the infamous incident at the 2011 Targa Newfoundland where Zahir Rana, owner of ZR Auto, sent his Edo Ferrari Enzo, careening it into the Atlantic Ocean, Rana will return to the open road event.

Rana was upbeat in an interview immediately after his crash, “Gee, this was so much fun, I’m going to do it again. Gonna do bigger, better next time,” he said.

 |  Jan 01 2012, 2:00 PM

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Three months ago, Zahir Rana crashed into the Atlantic Ocean while racing the Targa Newfoundland Rally in his $2 million modified Ferrari Enzo. The owner of exotic car dealer ZR Auto, Zahir Rana emerged from the accident without a scratch while his Enzo suffered $100,000 in damages.

Then, thanks to a video of the crash uploaded to YouTube, Rana and his Ferrari became an internet sensation overnight, garnering more than a million views in its first week. Although he received criticism from those who mocked his ability to pilot a Ferrari as well as those that disapproved his expensive hobby, Rana answered his critics by shipping his Enzo back to Germany for repairs and for the fitment of a new, more powerful, 950-hp motor.

During an interview after the incident, Rana said, “It gave me another thing to live for.” In fact, Rana adds, “Gee, this was so much fun, I’m going to do it again. Gonna do bigger, better next time.”

Rana is well into laying the groundwork for his return to Targa Newfoundland next year. Preparing his refurbished Ferrari, Rana will be joined with a surprising number of fellow racers as well. Rana reveals, “Next year I’m going back again with 20 cars. All my friends and clients are now envious. They said, ‘oh we should have gone.’ It should be great. I’m looking forward to it.”

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 |  Sep 16 2011, 10:07 AM

The Targa Newfoundland just got a huge boost in popularity, thanks to Zahir Rana and his Ferrari Enzo.

Any time a Ferari Enzo rashes it’s big news. It’s even bigger when the car crashes into the Atlantic Ocean during a sanctioned open road race. You can’t buy publicity like this. And you probably couldn’t afford to either, with the car worth well over $1 million.

Driven by ZR Auto owner and exotic car enthusiast Zahir Rana, the car is no regular Enzo, but rather a highly modified version by Edo Competition made to look like the ultra-rare FXX and sporting some serious performance modifications. In the past had received a transplant from an FXX model (exactly how Rana managed to get a hold of such an engine is a mystery). More recently it had been converted with a twin-turbo setup, although it’s not known if that was the engine being used during the Targa Newfoundland race.

Watch video of the crash, and the car’s recovery from the ocean after the jump:

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 |  Aug 26 2010, 9:59 AM

Later this week, a many as 100 high-powered exotics will partake in the first ever “Race the Base” charity fundraiser at the Canadian Forces base in Cold Lake, Alberta, culminating in a shootout between a CF-18 fighter jet an an 860-hp twin-turbo Ferrari Enzo.

The event is a collaboration between Calgary, AB exotic car sales and service center ZR Auto and CFB Cold Lake, with participants paying a $1,500 registration fee that will go towards supporting four different charities: Military Families Support Society, Breast Cancer Awareness Foundation, Bonnyville Health Foundation and Hearts for Health Care.

Registered owners will be able to test the speed of their cars on the 3.7 kilometer, 8-lane wide airstrip and the event will also include a car show, parade, a school for participating drivers, practice sessions and an appearance by the Snowbirds.

The “Race the Base” fundraiser will culminate in the Enzo vs CF-18 shootout, with speed freak and event organizer Zahir Rana (of ZR Auto) testing his “World’s Fastest Ferrari Enzo” against the fighter jet.

Those looking to buy tickets or participate can get more info at www.zrauto.ca.

The vent takes place at CFB Cold Lake August 27-28.

[Source: The Vancouver Sun]

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 |  Sep 17 2009, 4:33 AM

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Edo Competition and ZR Auto have once again teamed up to create the world’s most extreme Enzo. Easily one of the most incredible machines ever made, the Enzo makes 660hp in stock form, but Edo has upped the power to 840 ponies – more than even the FXX.

Ferrari’s FXX is an all-out race car and while it does trump the Enzo in power and overall performance, it isn’t street legal anywhere.

Over a year ago Edo and Canadian exotic tuner shop ZR Auto got together to transform this Enzo into an unreal performer. ZR Auto, it should be noted, became famous infamous after owner Zahir Rana posted a viral video of himself driving at speeds of 300 km/h on Canadian roads in a mostly stock version of this same yellow Enzo. Rana later denied the high speed shenanigans, saying he had faked it all as a stunt to help promote his shop.

It’s not entirely clear if Edo built up the Enzo engine to match the FXX, or if the shop actually managed to finagle a powerplant out of Ferrari’s hands. Either way, the new engine boasts a displacement increase from 6.0 to 6.3-liters with a fully rebuilt top and bottom end. Full power comes on at an alarming 9600 rpm, with 575 ft-lbs of torque at 5800 rpm. Edo even claims that an additional 20hp is possible with the exhaust system removed – but then that wouldn’t make the car street legal, now would it?

Shift times are just 60 milliseconds, the same as in the FXX Evolutione. By comparison a Ferrari F1 car takes 40 ms to complete a shift.

Numerous weight-saving measures were also taken, dropping the overall curb weight of the car by 220 lbs. As a result of these modifications, Edo claims a 0-62 mph time of 3.2 seconds, with a 9.0 second run to 124 mph. The top speed is an estimated 242 mph!

In addition to all of these modifications, Edo also equipped the Enzo XX Evolution with a custom aerodynamic kit.

GALLERY: Edo Competition/ZR Auto Enzo XX Evolution

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