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2010-08-18 08:04

Badly crashed in 2006. Ready for a Bonneville record in 2010. Witness the remarkable rebuild of one very special Ferrari Enzo.

Vehicle Specs
Manufacturer Ferrari
Model Enzo
Engine 6l V12 twin-turbo
Back in 2006, Ferrari enthusiast Richard Losee crashed his Enzo whilst participating in the Fast Pass rally – held to raise money for Utah Highway Patrol officers killed in the line of duty.

Losee lost control of his Ferrari at around 160km/h on State Route 257.

The Enzo was severely damaged and Losee suffered multiple fractures.

When Losee was released from hospital and the wrecked Enzo returned to his home in Provo, a decision was made.

Instead of sulking about his misfortune (crashing a rare supercar during a charity event) Losee decided to convert his crashed Enzo into a salt flats racer.

Obviously Losee’s Utah roots played a pivotal role in circumventing the logic of investing a large amount of money to get a wrecked car ready to race at the reknowned Bonneville Speedweek.

Although Losee is coy about the car’s details (not wishing to raise expectations too much before its debut run) his rebuilt Enzo rolls skinny tyres, rides lower than standard Enzos and features twin-turbo plumbing.

With a boost regime running 0.7 bar the Enzo’s 6l V12 has been upped from 485- to 625kW.

Losee hopes to have around 900kW available for this weekend with the boost turned up to around 1.8 bar.

If you are wondering where Losee sourced the new surface bits for his Enzo rebuild, they were donated by American movie director and investment house owner James Glickenhaus – who commisioned the one-off Pininfarina-built Ferrari P4/5.

Glickenhaus is an avid car collector and has an affinity for Ferrari products. Losee’s car was rebuilt using the bodywork from the P4/5's original donor chassis- which was an Enzo. Isn't it heartwarming when Ferrari owners help each other out?

The twin-turbo car is expected to best the factory Enzo’s specified top speed of 360km/h at Bonneville this weekend.

For Utah's Richard Losee just rolling up to the staging area will probably be reward enough - especially considering his Enzo was practically valued as a write-off after the 2006 crash.


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