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Ferrari CEO: Enzo To Get V-12 And Carbon Fiber Chassis

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On: Thu, Oct 13, 2011 at 3:33PM | By: Chris Weiss

Ferrari CEO: Enzo To Get V-12 And Carbon Fiber Chassis

One of the car's on our "can't wait" list is the Ferrari Enzo successor, which will debut next year. The car will reignite the F40, F50, Enzo blood line and promises to be one of the most exciting supercar debuts of 2012.

Given the excitement surrounding the flagship sports car, there has been no shortage of rumors and speculation on the model. Rumors have typically ping-ponged between the Enzo successor going with a V-12 engine ,as its last predecessor had, or digging down deeper into the playbook and reintroducing a twin-turbo V-8 like the F40 used. Well, according to Ferrari chief Amedeo Felisa, it's all V-12.

Inside Line reports that Felisa confirmed the new car will feature a mid-mounted V-12 engine. While Ferrari has not yet detailed the specs of the engine, it's believed it will have somewhere between 700 and 800 hp, making it a true power-spewing flagship.

In addition to a V-12, the Enzo successor will sit on a carbon fiber chassis to keep weight down and may feature hybrid technologies like the KERS system. The KERS system is used in Ferrari's F1 race cars and has been equipped to concepts like the 2010 599 HY-KERS. The system uses an electric motor and battery pack powered by brake regeneration to offer output boosts for acceleration bursts and increases in efficiency, including short all-electric driving.

Felisa said that if it does use hybrid technology, it will be aimed at increasing efficiency, and not just boosting performance. Ferrari is currently testing out Enzo prototypes equipped with hybrid technology. Though an 800-hp flagship may seem like an odd place to tinker around for efficiency increases, cars like the Enzo and F40 have always served as testing beds for transferring technologies from track to road.

Ferrari said that it will limit the use of carbon tubs to special-edition models and is not prepared to equip such components to its regular models due to the costs and limited gains.

So to sum things up: ultralight carbon chassis + big-output V-12 = even more anticipation for the Enzo debut.

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