Ferrari offers a peak under the hood of the Enzo’s successor

Ferrari F70 engine bay teaserThe highly anticipated successor to the 2003 Ferrari Enzo isn’t supposed to see the light of day until the 2013 Geneva Motor Show in March, but Ferrari is giving the world a peak at one of the car’s most important parts. The company published a photo of the new supercar’s engine bay in its official magazine.

As was reported previously the new car, nicknamed F70, will be powered by a V12 gasoline engine and a form of mild hybrid backup. Judging by the engine’s position well forward of the rear wheels, the F70 should have very good weight distribution.

Ferrari did not release any technical information, but it seems likely that the V12 will be the same one that recently debuted in the F12berlinetta. That 6.3-liter V12, with 730 horsepower and 509 pound-feet of torque, makes the F12 the fastest Ferrari currently in production.

The F70 will get an added boost though. It will be the first Ferrari hybrid, sporting a Formula 1-style Kinetic Energy Recovery System (KERS) that converts heat from braking into electricity. That might explain all the wires in the F70’s cluttered engine bay, which kind of looks like something from Doc Brown’s DeLorean.

The KERS stores electricity in a spinning flywheel, a much more compact alternative to batteries, and releases it in short bursts to aid acceleration. The F70 will probably also be able to drive short distances on pure electricity, although even the eco-minded might avoid that just to hear the V12.

Total system output is expected to be 800 to 850 hp, and all those horses won’t have much to move around. Ferrari previously stated that its target weight goal for the F70 was 3,000 kilograms, or 2,200 pounds. Even if Maranello can’t make the car that light, it will almost certainly tip the scales below 3,000 pounds.

Expect the F70s styling to reflect that of the F12 and 458 Italia, with function trumping form. Not that those cars don’t look good; their looks are just a byproduct of engineers trying to come up with the most aerodynamic shapes. A car with the power and lightweight of the F70 will need all the help it can get just to stay on the ground.

When it debuts in March of 2013, the F70 (or whatever Ferrari ends up calling it) will have plenty of competition, in the form of Porsche’s more aggressively green 918 Spyder and McLaren’s gasoline-only P1. It’s looking like 2013 will be a vintage year for supercars.

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