Reborn Enzo to take on Veyron?
THE ENZO REBORN: Don’t be put off by the horrid camouflage, as the F70 test mule could become a Bugatti Veyron-rivalling supercar by 2013.
Ferrari has been hinting at a successor to the legendary Ferrari Enzo, with images and rumours floating around the web for years.
In 2012, however, our spy photographers have images of a test mule. The test vehicle may appear to be the ugliest Ferrari we’ve ever seen but aficionados of the Italian brand won't be put off. This early prototype is not a horrible custom job as it appears, merely a vehicle test bed for components.
TAKING ON THE VEYRON
The vehicle sports makeshift light assemblies and perhaps many other components donated by other Ferrari models. Key highlights are the flat nose and rising rear wings which resemble the 458, however, the vehicle is much wider.
At first glance the vehicle appears to ride on FF wheels but the twisted five-spokes show an off-centre split. In contrast to the original Enzo, one component not in sight is a rear wing.
The Italian supercar is tipped to be powered by the same 6.2 V12 as the recently revealed F12 Berlinetta. Power is set to be boosted from the base figure of 544kW up to a hot 588kW. An additional 88.2kW will come from a kinetic energy recovery system derived from the Prancing Horse's F1 race car.
The kerb weight will be similar to the track-only Ferrari FXX at 1157kg. The modst weight is due in part to the light carbon fibre body and aluminium chassis.
Codenamed F70, the new supercar has specs that should easily allow it to surpass the performance of its predecessor and engineers are reportedly aiming to outrun the so far all-conquering Bugatti Veyron.
What this means is we could expect to see a 0-100 km/h time of less than 2.5 seconds and perhaps a top speed in excess of 408 km/h.
Rumours suggest the F70 will be shown to select Ferrari clients later in 2012 before its public debut in Geneva, March 2013.