Authorities caught Designer Kiyoyuki “Ken” Okuyama speeding on 1 October 2022 in the Yamagata Prefecture early in the morning. Enforcers say Okuyama car was doing 79 mph in a 25 mph zone. Ironically, the car he was driving was none other than the Ferrari Enzo. The same car that he helped design.
However, the district court sentenced Okuyama to four months in prison. The Court later suspended suspended it as Okuyama admitted his fault and revealed that he was sorry. According to the industrial designer, he was attempting to cool the engine by traveling at higher speeds.
Who is Kiyoyuki Okuyama?
Okuyama is one of Japan’s most respected designers. Infact, even the Japanese government acknowledges his work and considers him influential enough to transcend cultural borders.
Back in 1995, he was working as a design director at Pininfarina. He also has the distinction being the Italian carmaker’s first non-Italian to be handed charge of designing a Ferrari when he was assigned the Enzo.
His other notable credits include the first Porsche Boxster, 996-gen 911 and uniquely the Shinkansen train’s E8-Series.
At the heart of every Enzo is a glorious 6.0-liter V12 engine that makes 651 hp and 485 lb-ft of torque. Ferrari has paired the engine to a 6-speed automated manual transmission which drives the rear axle. Despite its age, the Ferrari Enzo still looks quite fresh. The Italian carmaker replaced by the LaFerrari and Maranello is now busy working on its successor.
Source : The Drive