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Ferrari Enzo History

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Ferrari's Enzo Ferrari is a 12-cylinder Ferrari supercar named after the company's founder, Enzo Ferrari. It was built in 2003 using Formula One technology, such as a carbon-fiber body, F1-style sequential shift transmission, and carbon-ceramic brake discs. Also used are technologies not allowed in F1 such as active aerodynamics. After a maximum downforce of 775 kg (1709 lb) is reached at 300 km/h (186 mph) the rear spoiler is actuated by computer to maintain that downforce.

The Enzo's V12 engine is the first of a new generation for Ferrari. It is based on the architecture of the V8 found in sister-company Maserati's Quattroporte, using the same basic architecture and 104 mm bore spacing. This design will replace the former architectures seen in V12 and V8 engines used in most other contemporary Ferraris. The 2005 F430 is the second Ferrari to get a version of this new powerplant.

In 2004, Sports Car International named the Enzo Ferrari number three on their list of Top Sports Cars of the 2000s.

Motor Trend Classic named the Enzo as number four in their list of the ten "Greatest Ferraris of all time".


The Ferrari Enzo Ferrari is sometimes referred to incorrectly as the Ferrari Enzo and also F60 (this is false given the F60 would be an anniversary car for 2007 rather than 2003). The model name of the car is Enzo Ferrari, and the maker is Ferrari. When combined, this gives a full make/model name of Ferrari Enzo Ferrari. It is also correct to call it by its model name Enzo Ferrari.


The Enzo was initially announced at the 2002 Paris Motor Show with a limited production run of 349 units and priced at US$643,330. The company sent invitations to existing customers, and all 349 cars were sold in this way before production began. Later, after numerous requests, Ferrari decided to build 50 more Enzos, bringing the total to 399.

On January 17, 2005, Ferrari announced that it would build one additional Enzo, bringing the total to 400. It was ceremonially presented to Pope John Paul II by a large group of Ferrari's employees and partners, including F1 drivers Michael Schumacher and Rubens Barrichello. Luca di Montezemolo, President of Ferrari, offered to donate the auction proceedings of this extraordinary vehicle for humanitarian purposes. The Pope then requested that the car be auctioned off to benefit the Caritas charity.

The car, chassis #ZFFCZ56B000141920, was auctioned by Sotheby's Maranello Auction on June 28, 2005 to benefit survivors of the 2004 Tsunami for €950,000 (US$1,274,229) over 50% more than its list price. This sum was presented to Pope Benedict XVI, John Paul's successor, while Formula One driver Michael Schumacher gave the pope a steering wheel to commemorate the donation. This wheel included a plaque which read, "The Formula 1 World Champion's steering wheel to His Holiness Benedict XVI, Christianity's driver."

Three prototype "mules" were built, M1, M2, and M3. Each was bodied to look like a 348, even though the mules were built in 2000. The third mule was offered for auction alongside the 400th Enzo in June, 2005, bringing €195,500 (US$236,300).


Engine of the Enzo Ferrari


Main article: Ferrari Dino engine#V12
The Enzo is a mid-engined car with a 43.9/56.1 front/rear weight distribution. The engine is Ferrari's F140 65º V12 with 4 valves per cylinder, dual overhead cams and variable valve timing. Bosch Motronic ME7 fuel injection is used and the engine is naturally aspirated. It displaces 5998 cm³ (366 in³) and produces 485 kW (650 hp/660 PS) at 7800 rpm and 657 N·m (485 ft·lbf) at 5500 rpm. The redline is 8000 rpm.


The transmission is a 6-speed automated manual with paddles controlling an automated shifting and clutch mechanism, with LED lights on the steering wheel telling the driver when to change gears. The Enzo uses 483 mm (19 in) wheels and has 381 mm (15 in) Brembo disc brakes.
Final drive4.9:1


The Enzo can accelerate to 100 km/h (62.5 mph) in 3.30 seconds and can reach 100 mph in 6.60 seconds. The ¼ mile (0.4 km) time is 10.8 seconds and the top speed is estimated at 217 mph + (348km/h). It is rated at 8 mpg (29.4 L/100 km) in the city and 12 mpg (19.6 L/100 km) on the highway.


Notable owners of the Enzo include:

  • Juan Barazi
  • Ian Nazareth, Sole importer for Ferrari in India and the Indian Sub-Continent. Multiple Ferrari owner. Collection includes 575M, F355, F430 and also involved in the Ferrari FXX program.
  • Tom Celani, owner of Motor City Harley Davidson, Farmington Hills, Michigan, one of the largest motorcycle dealerships in the USA. s/n 130918
  • Eric Clapton, guitarist, took delivery of the first Enzo imported to the UK. Parisian police also stopped Clapton when he was reportedly doing 145 mph on a highway in Paris while driving his Enzo.
  • Joe Cole, Football player for England and FA Premier League club Chelsea F.C.
  • Luis Perez Companc, Argentine rally driver.
  • Walter Curt, Virginia businessman
  • Stefan Eriksson, Swedish criminal and former executive of Gizmondo Europe, reportedly owned two, red and black. The red Enzo was destroyed in a street racing/drunk driving incident. The Enzo was traveling on the Pacific Coast Highway at 162 mph (261 km/h) according to Los Angeles Sheriff's Department when the driver lost control and hit a pole. Both Enzos were involved in a bank repossession by the Bank of Scotland and were illegally imported to the United States. Full Coverage: Ferrari Enzo Crash in Malibu Accessed 24 February, 2006
  • Joel Elmore, Part of the Irish royal line of Elmores, owner of Elmore Group Inc.
  • Sergei Fedorov, NHL player. s/n 130689
  • Lindsay Fox, Australian transport magnate, owner of the only Enzo with a yellow roof.
  • Michael Fux, foam mattress manufacturer, New Jersey. s/n 133024
  • James Glickenhaus, director and stock magnate, New York, will have Pininfarina convert an unregistered Enzo into a modern P4/5
  • Armen Gugasian, former owner of Newport Autosport, exotic car dealership located in Newport Beach, California. s/n 134595
  • Yoshiyuki Hayashi, Famous Japanese Ferrari Collector.
  • Preston Henn, owner of Fort Lauderdale Swap Shop in Florida and former race driver
  • Tommy Hilfiger, clothing designer. Hilfiger is believed to have a partial stake in the Ferrari dealer in Montreal, Quebec, and thus, his car is registered in Canada. s/n 133026
  • Jason Kay, aka, "Jay Kay," front man of the band Jamiroquai. His Car is Black with dark green interior. s/n 132051
  • Chris Kelly Premier Motorcars of Sioux Falls, SD, Red 2004 Enzo, currently for sale.
  • Shaikh Salman bin Hamad Al Khalifa, Crown Prince Of The Kingdom of Bahrain. Known to be the only in the kingdom.
  • Frits Kroymans, Ferrari importer for The Netherlands.
  • Charles Kwan, Hong Kong businessman, racing veteran and one of the winningest drivers at the Macau Grand Prix.
  • Aaron Kwok, one of the Four Heavenly Kings of Cantopop.
  • Jay Leno, "The Tonight Show" host on NBC.
  • Cody Liebel, CEO, C-Note Records, hip-hop music label. Owns two Enzos. (Yellow and Red) s/n 133505 (Red)
  • Richard Losee, philanthropist, Named the MM Enzo ([1] article.asp?section_id=3&article_id=627) for "most miles" included red-custom doors that had the wrap-around roof section and side windows removed creating a targa-style top on his car. ([2] article.asp?section_id=4&article_id= ...) Registered in Provo, Utah, the car was destroyed on August 2, 2006 at the Utah Fast Pass Road Rally while traveling at nearly 200mph on a closed-off section of rural highway. Other significant cars owned include Ferrari 288 GTO and 550 Barchetta, Original Goldfinger Aston Martin DB5, Duesenbergs, Lamborghinis, Stutz Bearcat. This Enzo was also featured multiple times in Road & Track magazine. Richard let the magazine perform various performance tests on it. Used heavily for charity work, Richard's Enzo had more than 30,000 miles.
  • Nick Mason, Pink Floyd drummer. His example was featured and driven on the UK TV show Top Gear. s/n 137445
  • John Menard and Paul Menard, father and son of Menard's Hardware Superstores. A chain of hardware stores located regionally in the Midwestern United States. John Menard negotiated the purchase of 3 Ferrari Enzos for a reported price of $2.2 Million dollars. The third yellow Enzo was sold to Nascar driver Robby Gordon.
  • Frank Mountain, British based American property tycoon and amateur racing driver. (the car was side-swiped by a bus on the way to a Top Gear Magazine photoshoot with the Maserati MC12, the chassis cracked down the middle)
  • Pope John Paul II was given the 400th Enzo model by the factory. He sold the car at a Ferrari auction in Maranello, where it was bought by Donald W. Wallace, whose first Enzo is the second Enzo to be involved in a crash.
  • Roger Penske, motorsport legend, owns Ferrari dealership in partnership with Steve Wynn (developer). The dealership is located at the Wynn Las Vegas resort. s/n 131881
  • Bernd Pischetsrieder, Chairman of the Volkswagen Group.
  • William J. Pulte, Owner of Pulte Homes. Car and Driver used his Yellow Enzo for their story.
  • Zahir Rana, Owner of bright yellow Enzo, and ZR Auto in Calgary, AB, Canada.
  • Rene Rasmussen, Danish racingdriver.
  • Michael Riemer, Hi-Tech entrepreneur. Owns three Enzos. One Yellow (Giallo Modena), one Red (Rosso Corsa), and one Black (Nero).
  • Brian Ross, Ferrari Collector and Commercial Real Estate Entrepreneur and dealership owner (Vancouver, BC). Lives in Warren, Ohio.
  • Dr Anil K Roy, owner of Nanotech.
  • Justin Rubert, Owner of a Casino in San Juan, Puerto Rico.
  • Fahed Al-Saad Al-Sabah, Member of the Kuwaiti Royal Family, Son of the Ex-Emir of Kuwait Sheikh Saad Al-Abdullah Al-Sabah.
  • Hamed Salem Al-Sabah, Member of the Kuwaiti Royal Family, Grandson of the late Emir of Kuwait Sheikh Jaber Al-Ahmed Al Sabah. Student at AUK (American University of Kuwait).
  • Daniel Sadek — real estate investor turned film producer will feature his Enzo in the upcoming Eddie Griffin film, Redline
  • Peter Schorno, Swiss slot machine manufacturer.
  • Michael Schumacher, Formula 1 driver for Scuderia Ferrari.
  • Teemu Selänne, NHL player.
  • Stefano Sidoli, Milanese entrepreneur, killed in the crash of his Enzo.
  • Rod Stewart, Rock Star. s/n 136497
  • Mohammed Ben Sulayem, Middle East rally champion with possibly the largest collection of exotic cars in the world.
  • Jean Todt, Boss of Scuderia Ferrari and CEO of the road car branch of Ferrari. Owns a red Enzo.
  • Giannis Vardinogiannis, Greek bussinessman, owns Ferrari dealership.
  • Donald W. Wallace, founder and chairman of the board of Lazydays RV SuperCentre bought Enzo no. 400 at the Ferrari Auction in Maranello. This will be his second Enzo. Wallace's first Enzo was the second Enzo involved in a wreck, reports claim his son was at the wheel.
  • Frank Warren, Boxing Promoter - Car recently written off in collision with bus
  • Bruce Weiner, former owner of Double Bubble Gum
  • Greg Whitten, software engineer, one of the very first employees at Microsoft. Author of GW-BASIC. s/n 131632
  • Pharrell Williams, music producer (The Neptunes), singer/rapper, frontman of the band N*E*R*D. Co-founder of the music label Star Trak.
  • Steve Wynn, multi-billionaire casino magnate. Wynn's Enzo, Black w/ Tan interior, was recently offered for sale through Ferrari of Orange County. (Southern California) s/n 133118

In popular culture

2003 Enzo Ferrari (side)
The Enzo was featured on the cover of Project Gotham Racing 2, in the game Forza Motorsport and Project Gotham Racing 3, also in Charlie's Angels: Full Throttle. It has also been a Hot Wheels 1:18 and 1:64 die-cast model and a 1:24 plastic model by Tamiya and Revell, as well as 1:10 scale Lego Technic and 1:17 scale Lego models. It was also featured on the West Coast Customs website. The Enzo now features along with other Ferrari's In the Sega game OutRun 2 and its followup, Outrun 2006 Coast 2 Coast.

The British automotive program Top Gear tried unsuccessfully to obtain an Enzo from Ferrari to test and review. However, an offer was made by Pink Floyd drummer Nick Mason to let the show use his Enzo, but only if Top Gear plugged his new book, Inside Out: A Personal History of Pink Floyd. Host Jeremy Clarkson did not only drive the Enzo, but also managed to plug Mason's book several times during the segment. The show's test driver, The Stig then drove it, with a lap time of 1.19.0, whilst blaring Pink Floyd music nonetheless, which made it the fastest car the show had tested at the time. It is currently fourth behind the Koenigsegg CCX, Pagani Zonda C12 F and the Maserati MC12 respectively.

An animated version of the Enzo appears in the Ah! My Goddess TV series alongside an SLR McLaren. Series creator Kosuke Fujishima is a known lover of cars and motorcycles, including Ferraris.

Enzo Based Cars

Ferrari FXX

The Enzo Ferrari with its Butterfly doors open

As the result of the Enzo, Ferrari have decided to use some of the technology developed for it in a small-scale program to get more feedback from certain customers for use in future car design as well as their racing program. The core of this program is a car called the Ferrari FXX. It is loosely based on the Enzo's design with a highly-tuned 6.2 liter version of the Enzo's engine putting out roughly 588 kW (789 hp/800 PS). The gearbox is new as well as the tires (custom-designed for this car by Bridgestone) and the brakes (developed by Brembo). In addition, the car is fitted with extensive data-recording and telemetry systems to allow Ferrari to record the car's behavior. This information will be used by Ferrari to develop their next supercar.

Like the Enzo, the car will be sold to specially selected existing clients of Ferrari only. Unlike the Enzo, the clients will not take delivery of the car themselves. Rather, it will be maintained by Ferrari and available for the client's use on various circuits as arranged by Ferrari and also during private track sessions. The car is not expected to be street-legal or suitable for road use.

Ferrari 612 P4/5 by Pininfarina

Pininfarina had wanted to do a special one-off Enzo Ferrari based hyper-car and was looking for a backer. After sending out feelers to it's clients, american Ferrari collector, James Glickenhaus eventually agreed to back the project by comisioning the car as a modern homage to great Ferrari sports racing cars such as the 330 P3/4, 512 S, 312 P, and 333 SP on the last unregistered US-spec Enzo chassis.. "The Glickenhaus Car" will officially be called Ferrari 612 P4/5 by Pininfarina. and retains the Enzo's drivetrain and vehicle identification number.. The car will be unveiled at the 2006 Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance and appeared in the September issue of Car and Driver. The "photos" previously shown in AutoWeek and Octane magazines were not close to what the car looks like. After its unveiling at Pebble Beach, the P4/5 will return to Europe for high speed testing, press days, and an appearance at the Paris Auto Show in September.

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