A Closer Look at The 2002 Ferrari F60 Enzo

2002 Ferrari F60 Enzo

In 2002 Ferrari was at it again; masterminding another car that would eventually drain millionaires pockets. This time, it was the 2002 Ferrari F60 Enzo in the pipeline. As it is the case with all the other Ferrari sports cars, at its unveiling it was something that few could expect. The shape and interior design of this classic set the pace for its pricing- even before you could look at the features. To create the vacuum needed when it comes to Ferrari designer cars, the company only produced 399 Enzos. In fact, not everyone had the chance to purchase an Enzo as you would expect. All the 399 cars were designed and sold before production. All the cars were produced and sold in Maralleno with only 8 of the 399 being black.

First Owners

This model of Ferrari was not designed for racing. With that said, it still enjoyed high profile ownership. The 399 models that were produced in 2004 were pre-sold to invited clients. An invitation was sent out to individuals who had owned F40 and F50 models. At the time of manufacture, the 2002 Ferrari F60 Enzo was sold at US$659,330. However, Ferrari sought to create a name for the car by donating one of the Ferrari’s to the Vatican charity. The car which was later sold by the Vatican at $1.1 million in an auction is among the most expensive Enzos available today. That specific Enzo was later resold at $6 million, the highest amount that the Enzo has been sold at. The other Enzo that has enjoyed public attention was owned by boxing champion Floyd Mayweather. The Mayweather Enzo was later sold at an auction for $3.3million.

Although it was not involved in any racing events, the Enzo remain among the most sought after millennial classic Ferrari’s. Most of the 2002 Ferrari F60 Enzos that were not owned by public figures have not been sold for a price higher than $2 million. Given that only 8 of all the 399 Enzos produced were black, the demand for the black Enzo is at an all-time high and the prices for the black Enzo keeps on rising.

About The Engine

Like all the other preceding models, the Enzo was endowed with a powerful engine. This car features most of Ferrari’s Formula 1 technology including Carbon Ceramic Disc brakes. The car featured a 6.0 litres V12 engine with variable exhaust valve. The Enzo is one of the fastest cars today with an acceleration of 0- 60 mph in just 3.4 seconds.

About The Design

The 2002 Ferrari F60 Enzo was designed by Ken Okuyama, who was the head of design at the time. The car was announced in 2002 at the Paris Motor Show but had an acclaimed limited production of just 399 units. The official production started in 2003 with the final car being produced in 2004. The 400th car was the special donation to the Vatican Charity. During the development of the design, three mules were created. The M1, M2, and M3 had the same bodywork of a 348— which had been succeeded by the mid-engine V8 sports cars. The 3rd mule managed to be sold on auction alongside the 400th Enzo in 2005, going for $236, 300 at the time.

Suspension, Gearbox, and Brakes

The Enzo was equipped with the Fi transmission( Semi-automatic transmission) and a gearbox shift indicator located right on the steering wheel for easy changing of gears. The car used paddles to control an automated clutch mechanism. The high-performance gearbox enjoys a maximum shift time of just 250 milliseconds. The transmission used in the 2002 Ferrari F60 Enzo was the first generation design from the 1990s. Although some people enjoy the ” Clutchless” transmission, there have been several complains over the abrupt shifting. The Enzo also enjoys an independent four-wheel suspension with actuated shock absorbers. The Enzo enjoyed road enduring 19-inch wheels with a 15 -1nch disc brakes. The wheels are held by one nut and fitted with a Bridge stone.

Accolades

The reason why most classic cars sell at high prices is their prestigious history. For instance, some of the most expensive Ferrari’s like 1967 GT are sold at record prices due to their achievements on the track. However, the Enzo doe not have as much history to boast about. The Enzo has only been awarded for being among the best cars on the road and not on the track. In 2004, an American magazine, The Sports Car International named the 2002 Ferrari F60 Enzo as the third on the list of the best cars of the 2000’s. The American Motor Trend Classic also named the Enzo as the 4th on the list of the top ten Greatest Ferrari’s of All Time.

With that said, the Enzo has also been listed for all the wrong reasons. The Bloomberg Business week named the Enzo as the 50 ugliest car of the past half a century. The magazine cited that the sharp curves of the car are too flashy and the outdoors are also not ideal for a car. When tested on the road, the Enzo turned out to be a little slower than some common sports cars. Evo Magazine tested the car on the Nordschleife Circuit where the car ran a 7:25.21 lap time. Although the Enzo used in the test had a broken damper, it was impressive beating the Litchfield Type-25.

Conclusion

The 2002 Ferrari F60 Enzo is one of the best Ferrari’s of all times. It has been around for just a decade but its prices are already skyrocketing. This classic car stands out due to its design and performance, It is one of the first Ferrari’s to use a semi-automatic transmission. The car has been driven by some famous individuals including the pope and boxer Floyd Mayweather. Of the only 399 units produced in 2000, only 8 were black and this makes the black Enzo more expensive than others. Although ts one of the best classic Ferrari’s, it is way more affordable as compared to the GT class classics. A regular Enzo that has not been driven by a famous individual can be acquired for a sum not exceeding $2 million.


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