The successor to the Ferrari Enzo supercar, which is codenamed F150, will be revealed next spring. According to Autocar, the carbon-fiber wonder will offer 800 hp and will weigh just 2425 pounds, and its cockpit will be configured to provide the occupants with a Formula 1-like driving experience.
We have already spied the future Ferrari supercar testing on public roads in Italy, and Ferrari has shown off both the car's Hy-KERS powertrain and carbon-fiber bodyshell. Now, however, Autocar says that Ferrari is targeting about 750 hp from the 6.3-liter V-12 engine, and the Hy-KERS integrated electric motor will add another 100 hp and 200 lb-ft of torque. The motor cannot drive the car on electrical power alone, but provides a power boost that reportedly reduces the 0-to-125-mph time by ten percent. (We had previously heard that early prototypes of the new Ferrari produced as much as 950 hp.)
As if the car's performance won't be impressive enough, Ferrari reportedly seeks to make the driving position and experience as close to that of a Formula 1 car as possible. Autocar claims that the driver's seat will be fixed and specially contoured to each driver, while the pedal box and steering wheel can be moved to suit. The driver reportedly sits very upright with his or her legs horizontal. Nearly all car functions can be controlled from buttons and switches on the steering wheel. That's all designed to make the owner feel like they are driving a real Formula 1 race car.
Ferrari says the carbon fiber and Kevlar body shell is 20 percent lighter yet 22 percent stiffer than that of the old Enzo supercar. Expect the new car to be called the Ferrari F70 when it goes on sale late next year. And thanks to the Hy-KERS system, fuel economy should be slightly better than that of the Enzo -- not that most Ferrari buyers are concerned with such trivialities. The carbon-fiber doors are hinged at the roof, making up the sides of the "bubble" seen in spy photos of the new Ferrari.
The low, wide bodywork we have seen in spy photos will almost certainly make it to production. Ferrari will use active aerodynamics and tricks learned from Formula 1 (and present on the new F12berlinetta) to keep the new car's lift to a minimum and increase downforce at speed. Look for the new Ferrari supercar to debut at a major auto show in spring 2013.
F12 Berlinetta For Charity
Ferrari also announced the results of its latest charity drive. Having previously sold cars to benefit relief efforts from disasters and Japan and Italy, Ferrari auctioned the first U.S.-bound F12berlinetta at last weekend's Formula 1 race in Austin, Texas to benefit victims of Hurricane Sandy. The car sold for $1.125 million, which Ferrari will combine with existing contributions to donate $1.5 million to the American Red Cross.
Sources: Autocar, Ferrari