2003 Ferrari Enzo Preview
I've driven quite a few Ferrari's over the years. The classics are my favorites, not because they drive better than the current models but because they speak to a deeper level of my soul. The new cars are sensational machines. None are as pretty as the 275 GTB or 365 GTB/4 Daytona that followed, excepting maybe the beautiful 456 M 2+2. The Enzo, Ferrari's brash F50 replacement, follows the Italian company's most recent function over form fashion. Truly, its downforce optimized lines might only be beautiful to an aerodynamic engineer - 343 kg (756 lbs) at 200 km/h (124 mph) and 775 kg (1,709 lb) at 300 km/h (186 mph). The supercar incorporates a front fascia directly inspired by the company's F1 racecars, side scoops large enough to swallow up a pair of Entlebuch cattle dogs and a canopy that stirs distant memories of Yamaha's rather strange OX99-11 concept car. True to Ferrari's heritage, four somewhat stylized round tail lamps grace the otherwise awkward rear end. Just the same, it's a ferocious looking design, smaller than the F50 but more purposeful than the more curvaceous progenitor could ever hope to be.