Though engine downsizing is rampant in the auto industry these days, the successor to the Ferrari Enzo may not be affected by the trend.
Autocar reports the Italian sports car maker’s CEO Amedeo Felisa said the next Enzo will be powered by a mid-mounted V-12, and also utilize a carbon-fiber chassis. We previously reported that an Enzo successor might get a twin-turbo V-8. Now, it appears tradition will rule over industry trends, and the Enzo of the future will follow a similar formula to that of the first Enzo and F50 before it.
The announcement of the next Enzo’s powerplant wasn’t the only thing recently revealed about the upcoming supercar. Speaking to Autocar at the launch of the Ferrari 458 Spider, Felisa said the Enzo successor could also make use of hybrid technology. Ferrari already announced its intention to hybridize much of its future lineup at this year’s Geneva show in March, and we’ve seen 599 hybrid prototypes undergoing testing in Germany.
Felisa also told Autocar that the lessons Ferrari learned with its Formula 1 program and the development of KERS (Kinetic Energy Recovery System) for racing applications could prove useful in production cars. Still, Felisa maintained that such a system, if employed on a road-going car, would not focus solely on performance, but efficiency as well.
Meanwhile, Motor Trend reports the new Enzo-successor will utilize on a carbon fiber monocoque chassis — although that design isn’t exactly universally revered within Ferrari’s engineering department.
“The using of carbon fiber does not make sense,” Felisa told Motor Trend. “If you compare what you can get with some part done in composite [with] full aluminum, you are very close in terms of weight…but the cost difference is huge.”
In addition to the weight savings versus cost argument, Felisa also stressed the difficulty of assessing damage to a carbon-fiber chassis after a crash. Whatever technology Ferrari has in store for the next Enzo, as well as the rest of its future lineup, the automaker says it’s focused on keeping its identity intact. Ferrari chairman Luca di Montezemolo told Autocar that an official reveal of the Enzo successor would happen by the end of 2012, but a final name has yet to be chosen.