Ferrari 458 Spider: Unique Avant-Garde Technical Solutions
The new Ferrari 458 Spider incorporates an extraordinary number of truly avant-garde technical solutions. Many of these are related to the chassis, whose weight and rigidity have been meticulously optimized. New light alloys, new types of welding and fusions have been introduced. Comfort has been increased significantly thanks to the multi-link rear suspension and the double front wishbones, which makes the car rigid but do not compromise the quality of the experience inside. The car’s behavior obviously changes depending on the position of the manettino on the steering wheel. However, compared to the 458 Italia, the “sport” and “race” positions have a configuration that is more about handling and the pleasure of driving than extreme performance on the track.
The 4499 cc V8, winner of the Engine Technology International 2010 Best Performance Engine Award, produces 570 horsepower and can rev to an incredible 9,000 rpm. It has double-phase direct injection and a variable geometry exhaust system; its emissions are half those of the recent 360 Modena, a reduction that further improves if the client chooses the engine fitted with the stop & start system, complemented by a series of devices to further reduce fuel consumption. The Spider uses the 458’s remarkable seven-speed, electro-hydraulic, dual-shift gearbox allowing incredibly quick gear changes. The transmission is coupled with Ferrari’s highly sophisticated electronic e-Diff, which works in tandem with the latest generation ABS and traction control.
The 458 Spider’s incredible dynamic behavior is due to its sophisticated multi-link suspension and new generation magnetic shock absorbers, responsive steering rack and control systems. All the functions are managed directly by the driver through the steering wheel mounted Manettino, which allows the driver to alter the amount of electronic intervention according to preferences. Ferrari’s Magneto rheological Suspension System (SCM) contributes to reduce the body roll to further enhance precision and stability when exiting a corner. Representing an essential component of the 458 Spider’ pleasurable driving experience, the car’s braking system features carbon ceramic discs and six-piston calipers (CCM).
Aerodynamic studies, moreover, have minimized wind noise in order to allow occupants to engage in a normal conversation even with the roof down. Airflow is optimized thanks to the air inlets on the rear deck. The rear deck is now entirely closed and the engine no longer visible, creating a strong aesthetic effect. In typical Ferrari tradition, every kind of personalization is possible, through the Program available at the dealership or at the Atelier in Maranello, and also via the recently launched Tailor Made Program which offers even more daring interpretations.