The Ferrari Enzo is a 12-cylinder mid-engine berlinetta named after the company’s founder, Enzo Ferrari. It was first produced in 2002 with the use of Formula One technologies, like the carbon-fiber body, the F1-style electrohydraulic shift transmission and ceramic composite disc brakes. Only the Ferrari Enzo was also built with technologies that were not allowed on the F1, like active aerodynamics and traction control.
As long as the production for Ferrari Enzo continued, from 2002 until 2004, only 400 cars were made, all following the design of Japanese engineer Ken Okuyama. When the new Ferrari was announced at the 2002 Paris Motor Show, all 349 cars that were to be manufactured had already been bought in advance by eager drivers. However, after many requests, Ferrari decided to build 50 more. An interesting piece of history about the Ferrari Enzo is that the model which was supposed to be revealed at the Paris Motor Show was first flown to California to appear in the movie Charlie’s Angels: Full Throttle, in a scene where Demi Moore is the driver. The 400th and last Ferrari Enzo that was built was donated to the Vatican, which in turn auctioned it at Sotheby’s for $1.1 million, which is about the same sum the Enzo always goes for at any auction.
The Ferrari Enzo has a semi-automatic transmission that uses paddles to control an automated shifting and clutch mechanism, fitted with LED lights on the steering wheel to tell the driver when to change gears. It also uses 19-inch wheels and 15-inch Brembo disc brakes; it has four wheel independent suspensions with push-rod actuated shock-absorbers that can be set from the cabin. As for its performance, the Ferrari Enzo can accelerate to 60 mph in 3.14 seconds and 100 mph in 6.6 seconds. It has six gears not counting the final drive and its top speed has been established at about 355 kilometers per hour.
Various specialty magazines have rated the Ferrari Enzo among the ten greatest Ferraris of all time, yet others, like the Bloomberg Businessweek described it as one of the ugliest cars in the past fifty years due to its superfluous curves and angles and extremely flashy V-shaped hood and scooped-out doors. Nevertheless, this hasn’t stopped Enzo lovers from praising the car and Ferrari has since built several models inspired from the Enzo. One of these variations was the Ferrari Millechilli, which is Italian for one thousand kilograms. The car was to be a lightweight version of the Enzo with features borrowed from Formula One race cars and a V10 engine that would exceed 600 hp.
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