2004 Ferrari Enzo review and pictures

Posted on Tuesday, 21 March 2006 , 19:03:41 byEmil

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Ferrari Enzo

Endowed with the very latest automotive technology and being the pinnacle of excellence drawing on the experience of victories in the last four years of the Formula 1 World Championship, the Enzo Ferrari beautifully embodies the marque's latest V12. The first Ferrari was built in 1947 and the company founder Enzo Ferrari always stayed faithful to the idea that cars should stem from the racers. Thanks to a man-machine interface typical of Formula 1, the Enzo was designed to achieve extreme performance. The engineers' objective was to create visual links with the world of Formula 1, which gave Enzo its technology, without affecting its lightness and compactness, resulting in a sculpted and complex form. The designer was able to structure the bodyshell while keeping the minimum weight thanks to the extensive use of advanced composite materials for the bodywork, with parts made of sandwich panels of carbon fibre and Nomex. The sides were shaped in order to optimise air-flow with respect to internal fluid dynamics. The Ferrari Enzo features an increased downforce while maintaining a very high top speed of 350 km/h. The high downforce configuration is the result of a basic aerodynamic set-up developed on the basis of contemporary concepts. At very high speeds, the driver is able to keep the car above a set minimum ground clearance thanks to the actively controlled spoilers which limit the maximum vertical load. Furthermore, a pair of flaps positioned in the front slides and rear spoiler make it possible for the car to modify the aerodynamic load and balance. The engine of the Enzo Ferrari boasts a number of unique technical features. It is a 12-cylinder aspirated unit with a cylinder capacity of 5,998 cc, with a completely new design. The cylinder case is built of aluminum with press-fitted sleeves lined with nicasil, with seven main bearings, and sleeve intervals of 104 mm. Engine, gearbox, suspension, ABS/ASR, and aerodynamics all interact to optimise the vehicle's performance and safety. Brembo developed the braking system for the car and it features brakes made of carbo-ceramic material (CCM) used for the first time on a Ferrari road car, despite the fact that Ferrari has been using them for many years on its Formula 1 racing cars.