A lucky forum member from Ferrari Chat managed to snag a photo of the next Ferrari supercar traipsing around public roads in Maranello, Italy. Despite the camouflage, it’s clear the car spotted was the Ferrari Enzo successor, which will likely be called the F70 and might launch before the end of this year. The location of the sighting is important because Ferrari is based in Maranello.
The basic design of the car spied here matches our illustration (right) of how we expect the new Ferrari will look. It is low and wide, with the nose and rear end specifically designed to improve aerodynamic downforce for maximum grip. Indeed, the new Ferrari is expected to appear in profile like a Formula 1 race car with some added bodywork. Most of the new car will be built from lightweight carbon fiber, which is supposed to keep weight to about 2755 pounds.
We do know that this will be Ferrari’s first-ever hybrid, and it will use a version of the HY-KERS drivetrain displayed at the Beijing Motor Show. The system mates to a mid-engine V-12 engine and dual-clutch transmission. Electric motor/generators store energy in a lithium-ion battery pack under braking, and then use that stored power to provide an acceleration boost. Ferrari says HY-KERS can reduce emissions by about 40 percent, while still improving vehicle performance.
We believe the hybrid setup will pair with a 6.3-liter V-12 engine producing 800 hp and 740 lb-ft of torque. That power, along with the approximately 120 hp on tap from HY-KERS, will be channeled to the rear wheels by way of a dual-clutch automated transmission.
Ferrari chairman Luca di Montezemolo has already revealed that the company will launch “the new Enzo, a limited series model” by the end of 2012. It was reportedly scheduled to bow at the Paris Motor Show this September, but extensive development work now means the new Ferrari’s launch might be pushed back until early 2013.
For more Ferrari spy photos, check out the original post at Ferrari Chat.
Source: Ferrari Chat