The Ferrari Enzo supercar first appeared in 2003. It was named after Ferrari’s founder and is the successor to the Ferrari F50. It is powered by a 6.0 litre V12 engine with a maximum power output of 650bhp, enabling it to reach a top speed of 362km/h. This review is of the 1:18 diecast model version of the supercar made by BBR.
About the model
BBR is a brand known more for their 1:43 scale offerings and the Ferrari Enzo is their first foray into 1:18 scale. The model is priced in the premium category and is limited, if you can call it that, to 10,000 units for the red coloured version. The model is neither numbered nor marked in any way to confirm its limited edition status however. More colours are due to be released in the near future as of the writing of this article.
What’s in the box
Like most high end models, the BBR Ferrari Enzo comes in a styrofoam clamshell with a cardboard outer box. The red coloured cardboard box has a cutaway view of the Ferrari Enzo printed on top. The model itself is wrapped in tissue paper and fits snugly within the clamshell without screws. Nothing fancy here. What is interesting is the fact that included with the model is a red nylon fitted car cover printed with a prancing horse logo - a first for a 1:18 model. An instruction booklet and accessories in a blister pack can also be found inside the box.
BBR has done an outstanding job of capturing the essence of the Enzo into this 1:18 scale model. The aggressive stance with the long front overhang has been reproduced exactly. The deep red paint is extremely smooth and has a high lustre. The prancing horse badges found at the front, side and back of the model are all separate pieces. The Ferrari badge mounted on the rear spoiler is photo-etched. All vents are covered with fine real metal mesh as it should. Even the radiator fans found inside the rear facing vents on the front of the car are covered in very fine circular patterned mesh. Very nice! Headlights and side indicators are accurately reproduced with the headlights having carbon fiber patterned surrounds but visible attachment stubs. BBR seemed to have taken a bit of a shortcut with the rear lights though, as the reverse lights and turn indicators are painted on instead of coloured plastic parts.
All doors, engine cover and front boot lid open to reveal gorgeous details which will be discussed later. The doors themselves are a bit of a disappointment. While accurately modelled, with its scalloped design that opens right down to the bottom of the car, they do not open quite as wide as they should. This design flaw makes the model look rather ungainly with its doors opened and also limits viewing of the interior of the model to a certain extent. While not quite as severe, the front boot lid also suffers from a similar problem. The boot lid opens on nicely modelled struts but I somehow wish it would open just a little further as on the real car. The large engine cover on the other hand swings up wide and is held open by a black metal rod found in the accessories pack. A working fuel flap is located on the left side of the engine cover. Shutlines on the model are generally tight. The wildish gap at the rear edge of the engine cover can be attributed to the moveable rear spoiler which is somewhat loose in its operation.