Originally Posted by mafoofan
I beg to differ. The Enzo was technologically groundbreaking and an awesome performer. It's telling that the design was so forward-looking that it pissed off all the Ferrari traditionalists. It's ugly until you appreciate why it was made that way--to me, that's pretty meaningful.
The Enzo stretches certain dimensions of a car's envelope to new levels, but that's not really very different from things like the Veyron or homologation specials like the 911 GT3 RS-R or the M3 GTR, and it's not terribly imaginative in terms of design.
The McLaren F1 on the other hand introduces new dimensions for a supercar's envelope, and does things that weren't expected for a supercar: everyday livability and practicality. Gordon Murray wanted a car that a couple could drive from England to the French Riviera for a getaway while still retaining traditional supercar performance. That was pretty inconceivable for any supercar before.
The F1 also put the driver in the right spot for a high performance car. No production car since has done that. The F1 also managed to make it practical with its 1+2 seating config.
The F1 also had a design purity missing from almost every supercar today in that its design axioms were carried literally to every nut and bolt of the car. That's how you avoid creating a 3200-lbs F430 while trying to label it a supercar. With that weight, the 430 can hardly be called a sportscar, much less a supercar.
As a testament to how deep its engineering and design purity was, the F1 won Le Mans the first time it was entered, even though it was never designed to race. It set several speed and acceleration records, even though its design brief just set power-to-weight ratios, and not any particular speed targets. It took something like a Veyron to finally eclipse the F1 in top speed, and the Veyron was basically built just to do that, albeit in a clumsy, ugly way.
The bar for "super" was set back in 1995, and no one's moved it since. The supercars we have today for the most part are just faster, perhaps more reliable versions of the same cars you could get before the F1.