In the course of its history, Ferrari has, from time to time, released a limited edition of extreme road-going sports cars that incorporate the leading technological and performance-oriented achievements of their era. The 288GT0, F40 and F50 belong to this stable, and the 2002 Enzo Ferrari is another such example, made available to Ferrari’s top client for road use. Just 399 examples were built, based heavily on the marque’s latest Formula One know-how, incorporating advanced composite bodywork and a carbon-fibre and aluminium honeycomb sandwich chassis. The V12 5998cc engine was capable of a heady 660 brake horsepower and, coupled with clearly F1 influenced aerodynamics that could achieve a downforce of 775kg at 300 kph, allowed the Enzo to reach a top speed of 350 kilometres per hour.
At the time of the Enzo’s launch, Ferrari was enjoying a golden era in the sport of Formula One and there can be no doubt that the Enzo benefitted from all the latest and most advanced track-derived technologies of its day. Ferrari set itself a goal to turn the Enzo into an integrated system that would actually improve upon the driver’s performance capacities through the use of a Formula One-style human-machine interface. Styling was also hugely influenced by function to an unprecedented degree for a Ferrari road car. The end result was an extremely impressive and uncompromising road car that was launched to widespread acclaim.