The one often-overlooked item on the Ferrari Enzo specs sheet is actually its greatest bestowal on the Ferrari line: its brakes. Carbon-ceramic brakes were made standard on the then latest and greatest Ferrari, paving the way for their future in all exotic brands. Beyond a small dead zone at the beginning of brake actuation—especially noticeable when the brakes were cold—the carbon-ceramic discs on the 2002 Enzo Ferrari proved to be a viable alternative to the standard iron discs. They were lighter and less prone to warping and could last longer and better endure and more efficiently dissipate the extreme heats generated during hard braking. Sure, the 660-horsepower, 6.0-liter V-12 engine listed in the Ferrari Enzo specs was an all-new power plant that would make its way in a slightly different forms into the 599 and current FF and F12, but it was the brakes that became standard across the entire Ferrari lineup in 2008. Other manufacturers followed Ferrari’s lead, and now carbon-ceramic brakes can be found as optional or standard equipment on most high-performance sports cars.
Ferrari Enzo owners can also boast about the brakes ties with supersonic jets. Produced slightly differently for street-going vehicles, carbon-ceramic brakes date back to 1976, when the aerospace industry was looking for the best possible way to stop the new Concorde airliner. It took only three short years for this new braking material to get the attention of the people over in Formula One, and from there, it was only a matter of time before it made its way to a street car, albeit one that kind of looks like an F1 car.
Article by: Benjamin Greene