Ferrari teases 2013 Enzo successor in company magazine

Ferrari F70 teaserFerrari’s latest supercar must be nearing completion, because the teaser images are starting to trickle out. The Prancing Horse published two photos in its official magazine that give a glimpse of the successor to the 2003 Enzo, which will have a hybrid powertrain, and is tentatively known as F70.

The images reveal current Ferrari styling themes, which means the F70 has been tweaked to aerodynamic perfection. The two round taillights and the vertical element bisecting the back end give the car a familial resemblance to the 458 Italia and F12berlinetta. The humps, presumably covering large rear tires, are very Enzo-esque.

So is the front end. It’s been modernized, but the Enzo’s pointy nose, meant to evoke Formula 1 cars, is still there. There appears to be an air scoop on the front. It probably won’t feed air to the engine (like the Enzo, this car will be mid-engined), but it could be part of a scheme for moving air over or through the body to reduce lift.

It’s hard to tell exactly what the F70 will look like, but we definitely want to see more. The Enzo wasn’t exactly pretty (it was more of a stealth warplane than a sculpture) and the F70 will probably be the same. Like the other modern Ferraris, it will emphasize aerodynamic efficiency over styling, but there’s a beauty in that too.

Either way, the most impressive thing about the F70 will be under the skin. It will reportedly use the 730 horsepower, 6.3-liter V12 from the F12berlinetta, combined with a Formula 1-style Kinetic Energy Recovery System (KERS).

Ferrari F70 teaser rearKERS uses energy recovered during braking, just like the regenerative brakes in a Toyota Prius. Formula 1 cars use a spinning flywheel to store the electricity generated under braking, but the F70 could use a lithium-ion battery pack instead. An electric motor will kick in some extra power, which could push the F70 past the 800 hp mark.

The F70 will also be unbelievably light. Ferrari’s target was 3,000 kilograms, or 2,200 pounds. The Enzo weighed 3,010 pounds. Ferrari hopes to accomplish this goal through copious use of aluminum and carbon fiber.

Ferrari will first show the F70 to customers, some of whom have already put down a deposit. It will then make its public debut at a major auto show sometime in 2013.

The coming year is shaping up to be a vintage one for supercars. The Jaguar C-X75 may be out of the running, but the F70 will still face off against the Porsche 918 Spyder hybrid. Ten years ago, when the Enzo and Porsche Carrera GT launched, no one could have imagined that their successors would both be hybrids. We live in exciting times.

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