• Aug 18, 2010
In a rebuilding job worthy of The Six Million Dollar Man, Richard Loosee's T-Top Ferrari Enzo destroyed in a 200-mile-per-hour shunt has been reborn to take on the Bonneville Salt Flats. Gone are the T-Tops, replaced by something just as outrageous: a set of turbos that will boost the Enzo's V12 to between 850 and 1,000 horsepower when gunning time comes. And they were able to repair and reuse the car's original block.

The wrecked stallion required an enormous amount of work, including repairing the carbon fiber hoop of the original tub which was fractured in the crash. The car is running during Speed Week at Bonneville, but details are still scarce. However, according to insiders on the project at Ferrari Chat, the powerplant is aided by two MoTeC M600 Engine Management Systems and Injector Dynamics ID1000 injectors. It also has a nosecone to keep the front end stable above 225 mph, a fitting match for those exhaust trumpets. Hat tips to Erik and Brandon

[Source: Daily Derbi]


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      • 4 Years Ago
      I saw this car at the salt flats today. It looks good and sounds better. Going back to the start line tomorrow; we'll see what kind of runs it puts down.
      tannermash
      • 4 Years Ago
      Not sure how many people saw earlier but I have terrific pictures and video of this car on my flickr! http://www.flickr.com/photos/49430905@N07/4915179064/
      • 4 Years Ago
      Did they repair and reuse the clock and chop off 6 cylinders?
        • 4 Years Ago
        Or rather what I should've typed, block. And 4 cylinders.

        My head is so out of it.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Repaired the original V8 block? Somehow, I doubt that they repaired the original block by cutting off 4 cylinders.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I wonder if the car now deformed in some places or if it has air leaks into the cabin now or if the handling is affected.
        • 4 Years Ago
        According to sources in the FerrariChat thread the restoration was undertaken with a 'no compromises' approach.

        -Erik
      • 4 Years Ago
      Please read the original article again, the car was wrecked at 100 mph not 200 mph. The article states that the car had reached 200 mph in the past but not at the time of the accident.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Word is the Enzo spinned, reached only 188 mph. To bad. Better luck next time or try running on tarmac. My source: http://speedhunters.com/archive/2010/08/25/gallery-gt-gt-final-speed-week-reflections.aspx
      • 4 Years Ago
      NICE
      • 4 Years Ago
      this is blasphemous, i dont like the idea of a Ferrari turned into an American Drag Racer rather than for the type of racing Ferrari's are known for, races with turns....
        • 4 Years Ago
        I agree with Elmo.

        This car was being used as intended even in its former life. I recall reading a few stories that he(Losee, not Loosee) wrote for R&T regarding the car. He had plans to put the most miles ever on a Ferrari and used it for numerous charity events and to give rides to special needs children. In fact, he crashed it during just such a charity event.

        It's a shame that the car was wrecked before he could fulfill his ultimate goal.

        Glad to see the car back in running condition and that Losee didn't lose his life due to the accident.

        Here are a few of the stories he wrote for R&T.

        http://www.roadandtrack.com/tests/car/2003-ferrari-enzo - 1500mi road test of Losee's car, this one not written by him. Pages 4&5 talks about Richard Losee and his plans for the car.

        http://www.roadandtrack.com/tests/long-tests/our-long-term-ferrari-enzo-after-the-new-wears-off

        http://www.roadandtrack.com/tests/long-tests/our-long-term-ferrari-enzo

        I'm pretty sure he wrote another story after the crash but I can't seem to find that one.



        • 4 Years Ago
        Would you rather it sit in a garage collecting dust? Because I can guarantee you that that is what most Enzo owners are doing. This thing is being driven like it was supposed to. Driven hard and put away wet.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Would you rather it had remained in a bunch of little pieces and not restored to running condition?

        I do think its better he did this with a salvaged car then a stock "new" one.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Hey, I got those missing 4 cylinders in my pro-stock Gremlin. Now what? Oh, nitrous and a 20 psi shot give me a et in the low 9's. Love, Cowboy Bob!!!
      • 4 Years Ago
      Alfa GTV-6 and 164 in the background FTW!
      • 4 Years Ago
      I'm assuming the engine type is a typo, as many of you also noticed. I thought the Enzo was a V12...not V8. I think it's a typo by the language...the statement sounds as though they inferred the team was using the original engine, which we know would be the glorious V12. Regardless, I look forward to reading what mph this car puts out. Still not as cool as the land speed record...which I'm looking forward to as well in the next few years. Thrust SSC has held the title long enough....time to go faster.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Enzo V8??? Autoblog FAIL yet again... Can we get knowledgeable writers on staff here? Either there is no fact checking or there is too big a hurry to get out a story.
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