The Ferrari Enzo is the very definition of a supercar. The basic idea is to take a Formula One car and adjust it just enough to make it legal on the road. But that description fails to encompass the technological and engineering feats that characterize the Enzo. When the limited production run vehicle hit the roads in 2003, it represented the peak of automotive engineering, and even the most advanced supercars of today aren’t all that much better, despite the extra six years of know-how.
The Ferrari Enzo follows the tradition of the F40 and F50 before it, both special edition and limited run models that showed what can happen when the racing division and the production vehicle division of the company get together and cook up a hot street car. At its heart sits a naturally-aspirated 6.0-liter V12 engine that can produce 651 horsepwoer and 485 lb-ft of torque, and redlines at 8200 RPM. The car weighs a mere 3,009 pounds and has incredibly fast acceleration. Official clock times are 3.14 seconds for 0-to-60 mph and 6.6 seconds for 0-to-100 mph. Top speed is 221 mph.
To say this car is quick is an understatement. The body is made of a carbon fiber composite. The transmission isn’t much different than those found on Formula One race cars. And to handle a car this fast, ceramic composite brakes are a must. The design isn’t just meant to be light, however. Careful computer simulations were conducted on the bodywork in an effort to minimize drag and, at the same time, maximize downforce. The immense speeds that the Enzo is capable of require the body, or more specifically the air moving over it, to push the car down to the road so that it stays stable. The air moving over the body, when the car is going 217 mph, is equal to 1,709 pounds, more than hald the weight of the car itself.
The production of the Enzo was originally supposed to be 349 units. However, due to demand, Ferrari increased production by another 50 units, and constructed a final car, number 400, specifically for auction at Sotheby’s Maronello auction in June of 2005. The car sold for $1,274,299, with the proceeds being used to benefit the survivors of the 2004 tsunami in the Indian Ocean. Since their original release, a few Enzos have found their way to other auction blocks, and the price is typically over $1 million.
One of the few things more impressive than the Ferrari Enzo is how quickly technology advances. Since its original design, many of the Enzo’s characteristics have made their way to other Ferrari vehicles. Of particular note is the F430 Scuderia. This vehicle has a modified eight-cylinder version of the Enzo’s V12 engine architecture and is actually capable of matching the Enzo’s lap times at Ferrari’s test track, and for a price tag in the $300k range instead of over one million. Of course, when it comes to rarity, F430s are very common compared to the ultra-rare Enzo.