When the Enzo was conceptualized and created, it was such a landmark that Ferrari named it after their very own founder; Enzo Ferrari. Truly an honor saved up for a genuinely showstopping car. It was released in 2002 and immediately made an impact, with a high £450,000 pricetag. It has now sold for over $1.1 million at a Sotheby’s auction, after having previously been donated to the Vatican.
Labelled a Ferrari “Supercar”, it is an extreme performance car,which at the time was the pinnacle of Formula 1 technology and engineering. Aerodynamics is at the center of this car’s design, with sharp and precise detailing. The car was developed in order to enable Ferrari to compete in an upcoming Group B race series. The Enzo was unveiled at the 2002 Paris Motor Show.
Design and Manufacture
Ken Okuyama was behind the design of the Enzo, as the head of design at Pininfarina. 399 cars were manufactured, as a limited production run. In order to sell the car in an exclusive way, the company specifically sent invites to people who had already bought the Ferrari F40 and F50. This enabled pre-purchasing before production even began. All 399 models were purchased in this way.
The Enzo accelerates to 97 km/hr in 3.14 seconds and 161 km/hr in 6.6 seconds. It has been recorded going as fast as 355 km/hr, making it a serious car when it comes to speed.
Ferrari Enzo and Watchmaking History
Tag Heuer directly took inspiration from the Ferrari Enzo for their movement in the Monaco V4 wristwatch. The movement uses tiny rubber belts to connect miniscule gears, which is inspired by belt-driven timing systems in the Enzo Ferrari. Beyond that, the Monaco V4’s gears were placed in an iconic V formation, echoing the design of the Enzo’s high-performance engine. Some have gone so far as to say that there is “a mini Ferrari engine inside the Monaco V4”.