Despite the fact that the car we've been calling the Ferrari F70 will be produced in limited numbers and, if its forebear is anything to go by, you’ll have to be invited to spend an obscene amount of cash on one (don’t bother calling Maranello – they’ll call you…), Ferrari has let a couple of images, as well new info slip through about its new hypercar.
Posted in the official Ferrari magazine, the images show the front and rear ends of the Enzo replacement that bears the F150 codename.
While, as the magazine article states, the official name and the full form of the car are still concealed, looking at these two images, it seems the F150's looks incorporate elements from the Enzo, such as the elongated headlights and the passenger cabin that is considerably narrower than the rest of the bodywork.
The carbon fiber chassis of the Special Limited Series model, as Ferrari also calls the F150, has already been revealed, at the Paris Auto Show. It features four different types of carbon fiber, both hand-rolled and produced in an autoclave depending on where they will be used, to provide the greatest rigidity and the lowest weight possible.
Having a Formula 1 team allows you to make use of its expertise in creating the F150. For example, critical areas that must be able to absorb impact forces are made out of the same T1000 carbon fiber material that’s used in the F1 cars’ nose cones!
Ferrari says that, compared to the Enzo, torsional and flexional rigidity are improved by 27 and 22 percent respectively, despite weight being reduced byaround 20 percent.
Sadly, the articel doesn’t enlighten us about the engine. It simply states what we already knew, i.e. that the F150 will be powered by a hybrid powertrain comprising a mid-mounted V12, a kinetic energy recovery system (KERS) and a battery pack.
We expect the V12 to produce more than the 731HP that the F12berlinetta churns out and, although the power of the electric motor remains a secret, total combined output will probably exceed 800HP, making the fight with Porsche’s 918 Spyder and McLaren’s P1 all the more interesting.
By Andrew TsaousisPhoto Credits: Ferrari Magazine, Story References: Teamspeed