Dario Benuzzi, Ferrari renowned rubber burning test driver, wants to show the new Enzo brakes, not its acceleration. At Ferrari’s test track, Benuzzi elongates the new 6.0 litre V12 to the 8200 rpm rev limiter – exhaust howling – in first, second, 3rd, then 4th equipment, and we flash throughout the left hand chink at 150 miles per hour. He hits the brakes, left hand while touching the paddle to downshift, revs mechanically soaring between each 0.15 second shift. It’s as if a secondary magnetic force were slowing down the Ferrari, dragging it into the path surface. Three lap demonstration over, movement sickness induced, Benuzzi tells us the disks are 25, 000 miles old and also have been through a number of 200-to-0 mph tests.
These are no regular brakes, they’re Brembo new 14.9 inches Carbon Ceramic Material system, which boasts a substantial 27.5 lb weight saving and constant stopping regardless. The bare facts for Ferrari Enzo are: 650 hp, 3000 lbs, a top speed of 218 mph, 11.0 moments for the standing quarter mile, a cost of about $650, 000, and 349 of them to be constructed – amounts that make this the fastest, most expensive Ferrari of all time. Formally, the supercar is the Ferrari Enzo Ferrari, but Maranello practically recognizes it as simply the Enzo. In every area, this spiritual heir to the 288GTO, F40, and F50 steps outside Ferrari’s existing order.
The Enzo pushes road vehicle technology obstacles and includes enough Formula 1 viewpoint to go far beyond simply honoring Ferrari’s 3 consecutive world championship titles. Ferrari president Luca di Montezemolo says, I wanted to go a bit too far in every component to build a superextreme car. The Pininfarina style it seems intense, purposeful, remarkable, mean, and smaller compared to the F50. The front end mirrors the F1 vehicle with its raised nose breaking the two side vents, and it is at odds with the softer, curvaceous tail. Flaps in front of the front wheels work in unison with the little, flexible rear spoiler and two rear speakers to give a downforce load of 756 lbs at 124 mph, growing to 1709 lbs at 186 mph before it progressively decreases to 1290 lbs at top speed.
You step in legs first and slide down into the racing bucket. The cockpit provides a comfortable driving position, even for tall drivers. In imitation of Ferrari F1 driver Schumacher Sunday vehicle, several controls are located on the steering wheel along with warning lights that flash in 500 rpm sections beyond 5500 rpm. The Enzo glides smoothly away, no awkward clutch takeup.