Ferrari Enzo Successor (F70) spy shotsEnlarge Photo
The latest rumor may be the most outrageous yet. According to "company sources" cited by Autocar, the next halo Ferrari will weigh in at just 2,425 pounds, or 1,100 kilograms.
To call that unlikely is to dramatically understate the situation.
True, the F70 uses a carbon monocoque chassis, but so does the Lamborghini Aventador, and despite claimed weights, real-world scales have shown that carbon supercar to weigh more than 4,000 pounds. McLaren's MP4-12C is a very efficient and compact use of modern supercar engineering, also with a carbon monocoque structure, and even it weighs more than 3,100 pounds. The Enzo itself weighs just over 3,000 pounds--and produces "just" 651 horsepower--without the weight of a hybrid system. Porsche's similarly-targeted 918 Spyder just squeaks in under 3,700 pounds.
Getting, therefore, to just 2,425 pounds for the F70 in a suitably hypercar-stiff, well-handling, properly Ferrari-luxe halo car would be a feat of immense proportions. It might even be impossible.
The carbon fiber tub of the upcoming Ferrari F70Enlarge Photo
Other speculation advanced by Autocar includes an F1-like feet-raised, fixed-seat driving position made possible by an adjustable pedal box and steering wheel that somehow also shave an incredible 188 pounds from the car's weight.
We'll let the rest of the rumors lie for now, but we'll be trawling those mucky ponds for more in the mean time. To see what's going on in the car's development, check out our spy shots here.