Ferrari CEO Amedeo Felisa spoken today about the next Enzo supercar. According to Felisa, the 2012 Enzo will have installed under the back hood an V8 twin turbo power-plant.
He also said that Ferrari will not make widespread use of carbon fiber until it better understands the material’s long-term reliability.
We will only use carbonfibre on very special cars which have a very low rate of production and which are not for everyday use, such as the new Enzo. The fact is that nobody today has a real understanding of what happens if you damage a carbon fiber structure. After 20 or 30 years of use, who knows what state a carbon fiber structure will be in? Only the airplane industry has a long-term understanding of using carbon fiber, and there the usage is very different. Unless you have a really big accident, it is possible to repair a Ferrari today, and we don’t want to lose that.
The Italian supercar maker had ruled out rumors of producing a 6-cylinder power plant until there is a change in customer attitudes towards smaller engines.
There are no plans for a six-cylinder engine today. Ferrari will not build a six-cylinder engine until customer attitudes towards smaller engines change. The perception today is that the number of cylinders equates to the possibilities of the car. That is why we are developing hybrid technology that can be applied to our V8 and V10 cars. Hybrid means we can protect the V12.
The actual Ferrari Enzo was built in 2002, is a 12 cylinder with 4 valves per cylinder, dual overhead cams and variable valve timing. Bosch Motronic ME7 fuel injection is used and the engine is naturally aspirated. It displaces 5998 cc (366 in³) and produces 660 PS (651 hp/485 kW) at 7800 rpm and 657 N·m (485 [ft·lbf of torque]) at 5500 rpm. The redline is 8000 rpm.
It can accelerate to 60 mph (97 km/h) in 3.14 seconds and can reach 100 mph (160 km/h) in 6.6 seconds.