Ferrari Enzo – 2003

Strictly speaking, the correct model name is the Enzo Ferrari but, as this leads to confusion with the founding father, most refer to the magnificent machine as the Ferrari Enzo, or simply the Enzo. This Pininfarina-designed supercar was built to celebrate the company’s first Formula 1 World Championship of the new millennium, but named as a tribute to the autocratic one, who had died back in 1988. The Enzo did his memory proud, featuring high on motoring-magazine lists like Top Sports Cars of the Decade or Best-Ever Ferraris.

Ironically, the Enzo featured the mid-engined layout that Il Commendatore had banned from road cars for many years before reluctantly relenting. However, he would have been delighted that it was one of the most powerful naturally aspirated cars in the world, with a new generation V12 engine producing 650 bhp. It also looked the part, with a thrustful front end complete with gaping intakes to cool the radiators, an aircraft-style cockpit and greedy air scoops in flowing flanks.

The Enzo deployed F1 technology to good effect. Its chassis consisted of carbon fibre and aluminium honeycomb panels complemented by lightweight bodywork in carbon fibre. The sequential-shift., semi-automatic transmission controlled by paddles had an LED display that told the driver when to change gear for optimum performance. The brakes were ceramic composite discs and the car had traction control (subsequently banned in F1) and active aerodynamics in the form of a rear wing that was computer-activated at high speed to maintain downforce (never allowed in F1).

The performance of this ultimate dream car is (almost) as good as it gets and anyone lucky enough to take one for a toe-curling spin will enjoy a memorable experience, not least because they’re in the only 0.0000000000001 percent of the world’s population ever to have driven an Enzo.

COUNTRY OF ORIGIN:

Italy

FIRST MANUFACTURED:

2003 (until 2004)

ENGINE:

5,998 cc 2xDOHC V12

PERFORMANCE:

Top speed of 227 mph (365 km/h); 0-60 mph (97 km/h) in 3.4 secs

YOU SHOULD KNOW:

Take a million dollars and don’t expect change when you pop down to the used-car lot to pick up that Enzo that’s been tempting you on the way to work each morning in fact ongoing credit crunch notwithstanding that might not be enough to clinch the deal if it’s a particularly fine example. After all, there are only 399 out there.

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