Ferrari F70 to Debut in Detroit


Public debut of Ferrari’s most powerful road car yet is slated for the 2013 Detroit Auto Show in January.

Having previewed the Enzo successor's carbon-fiber tub at the Paris Motor Show, it appears Ferrari's most powerful road car to date will make its public debut at the 2013 Detroit Auto Show in January. That's according to Inside Line, which also claims select potential customers will get to see the car before the show opens its doors. The limited-production supercar will be powered by a more evolved version of Ferrari's 6.3-liter V12 engine mated to a HY-KERS electric boost for a reputed combined output of over 900 horsepower.

Due to the added weight of the F1-style KERS hybrid system, it was essential to cut weight from the chassis, something Ferrari achieved by utilizing its F1 molding techniques that create lighter structures than manufacturing methods used for road cars. The result is a chassis that's not only 20 percent lighter than the one around which the Enzo was built, but also 27 percent more rigid and 22 percent stiffer. It has been claimed the HY-KERS system will manage a 40 percent reduction in CO2 and fuel consumption, while adding an extra 120 horsepower to the high-revving V12.

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In order to maximize power and torque, the new V12 features multi-spark mixture ignition (a development pioneered by sister-company Fiat Powertrain Development) and continuously variable-length inlet tracts. The Enzo successor most are calling the F70 will be the fifth in a series of limited edition high-powered models, following the 1984 288 GTO, 1987 F40, the 1995 F50, and 2002 Enzo. The name, however, is likely to change, as the Prancing Horse marque won't celebrate its 70th anniversary until 2017.