Enzo Issue 4

Enzo is an all-new quarterly magazine, dedicated exclusively to Ferrari… the road cars, the race cars, and the designers, engineers and drivers who have created the Ferrari legend. Every issue is packed with road tests of the latest models, epic drive stories, track tests of iconic racers, tales from the past, and interviews with the leading personalities in the Ferrari world.

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2 min
what they said at the time

‘THE SMALLER FERRARI’S performance is utterly deceptive, with smoothness and absence of fuss from the engine compartment that completely belie the car’s performance. There is no dramatic unleashing of power as the engine gets “on the cam”, just a smooth flow from, say, 3000rpm to the 7700rpm red line. The tachometer is certainly not just a styling item, for there is no sign of the engine running short of breath and no change in the engine note to tell you to change up. At lower speeds, gear whine, probably from the primary drive, is quite noticeable but it disappears when the speed rises and wind, engine and road noise increase, though they never reach a tiring level and are lower than in the Dino 246 GT. I was lucky to be able…

11 min
magnum opus

In the early days, Enzo Ferrari often declared that his road cars would only ever have 12-cylinder engines. That was why, when the company first started producing models with V6s and V8s, they were badged as Dinos. Or at least they were when they left the factory; owners and sometimes even importers would add Ferrari badges – once they were away from the gaze of Maranello… So first came the V6-engined Dino 206 and 246 GT, joined a few years later by the V8-engined Dino 308 GT4 2+2. A sub-brand, we’d call it today. The 308 GT4 was a good car, but its sharp-edged Bertone lines left many pining for the curves of the earlier, Pininfarina-penned Dino. Happily, when it came to the 246’s replacement, Ferrari went back to its preferred…

10 min
open question

‘When it fires up, the revised, twin-turbo V8 sounds sonorous and complex’ There’s always been a sense that Ferrari itself was surprised by the success of the California. Around the time of its launch in 2008, there were rumours – denied by the factory – that it had been conceived as a Maserati. What was not in doubt was that it was a different sort of Ferrari. A decade on, we have the Portofino, the third-generation California in all but name, and it’s clear that Ferrari has thought long and hard about how to play to the model’s strengths and make it an even better GT, but also about how it could be better aligned with the rest of the range. That’s both exciting and slightly risky. Traditionalist Ferrari buyers might sniff…

2 min
all the road cars 1940s-1950s

166/195/212 (1947-1951) First true road car was 166, with 2-litre Colombo V12 (166 the capacity of each cylinder). Larger-engined 195 and 212 followed. Total built c200. 166 Inter: 1995cc V12, 110bhp, 106mph 250 GT Boano/Ellena (1955-59) First ‘volume-produced’ Ferrari with classic 3-litre Colombo V12. Most designed by Pinin Farina, but built by Boano and later Ellena. Total built: 130. 250 GT: 2953cc V12, 240bhp, 125mph 250 GT Cabriolet (1956-1962) Less sporting than the Spyders of the period, the Cabriolets were fine touring cars. Series 2 (above) arrived in 1960. Around 240 built in total Series 2: 2953cc V12, 240bhp, 130mph 340/342/375 America (1950-53) Based on evolution of 166 chassis, America series used ‘long block’ Lampredi V12 of 4.1 and later 4.5 litres. Just 41 built, all highly prized today 340 America: 4102cc V12, 200bhp, 140mph 250 GT ‘Tour de France’ (1956-59) A special 250 GT named for Ferrari’s…

2 min
untold tales

BACK IN JULY 1989, Autocar & Motor decided it would be a fine idea to take some of the year’s best cars to Castle Combe circuit. It turned out to be the inaugural running of the now annual ‘Britain’s Best Driver’s Car’ feature, though the editor of the day, Bob Murray, called it the ‘Shiny Bums’ Day Out’. This was a reference to the fact that, as well as the road testers, the invitation extended to a number of senior staff who didn’t get out much, including a couple of legendary Australian journos, Peter Robinson and Mel Nichols, and the news editor. The day dawned misty but the sun soon came out and we began whizzing around in a tasty selection of cars, among them a very handsome Ferrari 328 GTB…

10 min
greatest races jarama 1981

‘The 126CK handled so badly and had so little grip that Villeneuve once called it a hopeless, fast, red Cadillac’ A successful driver must be a person of many strengths. He or she must know exactly when and how to brake, how to ply the perfect line, how to balance a car on the edge of adhesion and, if they wish to be known as a great racer rather than merely a good driver, they must know how to overtake. Speed through traffic and the ability to know exactly where, when and how to go slicing up the inside, or right around the outside, of the car in front are critical components of the racer’s craft. Did I miss anything? Well, yes, only the most under-rated skill of them all: not the…