Ferrari Enzo replacement to be lighter and quicker

Ferrari Enzo replacement to be lighter and quicker

Ferrari Enzo

It’s no secret that Ferrari is hard at work on a successor to the Enzo with Ferrari boss Amedeo Felisa confirming a number of future models last month. But, at this early stage, that’s the only info Maranello is willing to give up leaving space for plenty of rumour and speculation.

Recent reports are stating that Ferrari’s new hero car, codenamed F70, will be built with a greater focus on weight loss rather than bigger power.

Taking inspiration from its 2007 concept car named Millechili (Italian for “1000kg”), Ferrari will be looking to make the new F70 significantly lighter than the Enzo at 1365kg.

A new, smaller tub, full carbon-fibre body panels and a spartan interior could help bring the new Ferrari’s kerb weight down to near Lotus Exige levels.

Ferrari reportedly wants to retain a 12-cylinder powerplant in its top car, but with Europe’s emissions laws tightening around it, the supercar company may have no choice but to downsize its engines.

Smaller, lighter and more efficient than the nearly eight-year-old Enzo, the F70 is likely powered by a 520kW twin-turbo V8 offering similar raw power to the legendary F40 – if Ferrari can overcome the issue of turbo lag.

Production of the F70 is expected to begin in 2012.

Ferrari Enzo

It’s no secret that Ferrari is hard at work on a successor to the Enzo with Ferrari boss Amedeo Felisa confirming a number of future models last month. But, at this early stage, that’s the only info Maranello is willing to give up leaving space for plenty of rumour and speculation.

Recent reports are stating that Ferrari’s new hero car, codenamed F70, will be built with a greater focus on weight loss rather than bigger power.

Taking inspiration from its 2007 concept car named Millechili (Italian for “1000kg”), Ferrari will be looking to make the new F70 significantly lighter than the Enzo at 1365kg.

A new, smaller tub, full carbon-fibre body panels and a spartan interior could help bring the new Ferrari’s kerb weight down to near Lotus Exige levels.

Ferrari reportedly wants to retain a 12-cylinder powerplant in its top car, but with Europe’s emissions laws tightening around it, the supercar company may have no choice but to downsize its engines.

Smaller, lighter and more efficient than the nearly eight-year-old Enzo, the F70 is likely powered by a 520kW twin-turbo V8 offering similar raw power to the legendary F40 – if Ferrari can overcome the issue of turbo lag.

Production of the F70 is expected to begin in 2012.

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