Recently I got a chance to take a drive in an Ferrari Enzo, afterwards the owner allowed me the time really look at what went into it. One thing stuck out, they really went all out on this car, everything seems on a different level of function, as if they wanted to make a statement of prowess, from an engineering stand point i can see the that everything is done to make the whole fill its purpose.
The Enzo is a fluid dynamics masterpiece,
its less styled without meaningless lines or creases, its very close to production sports car perfection. The front inlet openings are far smaller than the new La Ferrari, flow is directed around the windshield in deep channels even the hood aids in directing airflow into the side channels on to mostly straight flat panels on the sides, radiator intake is far smaller than it seems guiding air onto thin large frontal area radiators, the flat side profile continues all the way to the rear bumper. Underneath the car generates down force without excessively working the airflow which would induce drag. the channel is flat and smooth exiting in the rear through a long and shallow diffuser.
Ferrari could have put a more traditional styling on the Enzo kind of like the La ferrari but it chose something else. I'm wondering if the Mclaren F1 didn't have anything to do with it. When it was released I was one of those who didn't like the look, fast forward with different set of eyes I can tell you it's still State of the art. You can't tell that just looking at it but after spending years designing and working out my own sports car I can see all the little things they spent time and effort on to better the whole. To me part of what makes the Enzo great is when aluminum was what worked that's what they used when steel was needed that's what they used when it was carbon fiber that's what they used its the way you build a car that has a defined purpose. they didn't go overboard in material and manufacturing this is called overworking and its a detriment. They were focused on purpose and that focus is evident in all kinds of details around the car non stop.
The engine; it should have been a lightweight v8, not be partial to a v-12 because of tradition or competition, the engine itself is race car stuff, Not just in how much or the way it makes power but look closely and you notice the top end is made to be light. the cylinder heads are narrow and all the accessories are mount as low as possible.
Today with high end performance cars a big part of time is spent on making functional pieces aesthetically pleasing, I have to say you don't really care about performance if your diverting time to design parts to be pretty, your making art and that's not what sports cars are about. The end result should be focused on performance and the driving experience! Thats all that matters whether it's made of wood or carbon fiber it should be for purpose.
To the majority of automotive press the Enzo is old news we have the new group Laferrari etc. Instead it should be the talking point because its still better than most of today's so called super cars. The Enzo is worth its price tag.