Ferrari’s next big project is a “limited edition, special series” car–one we know to be the successor to the FerrariEnzo–and the first official look at it came at this week’s Paris Motor Show. Instead of a full car, however, Ferrari showed off the new hypercar’s ultra-strong, lightweight bodyshell.
Ferrari’s been working on the new Enzo–rumored to be called the F70–for a while now, and we’ve already discerned that the next car will have at least 900 hp thanks to a large V-12 engine coupled to an electric motor. Seeing as the last Enzo made extensive use of carbon fiber, we can expect as much from the new car, but Ferrari says that the typical industrial carbon fiber manufacturing techniques didn’t produce a product that was up to snuff.
To make sure the new car uses carbon fiber and meets its notoriously high standards, Ferrari says it worked on a process of hand-laminating carbon fiber that should yield the desired product. The body uses four different types of carbon fiber–T800 carbon, T800UD unidirectional tape, ultra high tensile strength M46J carbon, and supertough T1000 carbon. To protect the underbody against damage from anything on the road, the car will have a carbon fiber/Kevlar undertray.
The result: a body that looks like a closed Formula 1 car (understandable, as the body was designed and built by the same people working on the Scuderia Ferrari F1 team), and is 22 percent more rigid and 20 percent lighter than the Enzo. It’s enough to offset the weight of the hybrid system in the new car, which means the new car should be no heavier than its predecessor.
While we hear the new car was supposed to be on the stand in Paris, the final debut date has been pushed back to sometime next year.
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