Ferrari 458 Italia: Combining Heritage With Innovations
The 458 Italia represents a farewell to the past, a leap forward into the future: the new Ferrari is so innovative that can be considered a milestone in the Maranello’s design, construction and innovation standards. As far as the name nomenclature, “458” refers to the number of cylinders and displacement, whether “Italia” pays homage to the car extraordinary Country of origin and its ability to create innovations.
Ferrari 458 Italia evokes the tradition of the historical 8-cylinders cars in the company’s history, such as the 158 F1 in 1964, the Ferrari 308 GTB in 1975 and the F40 in 1987 but, at the same time, the Ferrari 458 Italia personifies unique innovations and a leap into the future. Ferrari 458 Italia is in fact a completely new car from every point of view: engine, gearbox, chassis, suspensions, electronic controls, aerodynamics, design, instrumentation and ergonomics. All delivered with exceptional fuel consumption and emissions levels, considering its 570 hp.
Like every Ferrari, the 458 Italia guarantees unique driving pleasure and derives most of its technology from the Formula One experience. The benefits from such races heritage are immediately seen and felt when driving the new …
Ferrari 458 Italia Sound
To optimize efficiency, the Ferrari 458 Italia has been designed to satisfy the dual objective of providing the driver with the most complete feedback typical from a Ferrari V8 engine whilst also guaranteeing high levels of acoustic comfort. The silencers are equipped with by-pass valves that are activated at maximum performance. At lower revs, or on a partial throttle, the exhaust gases exit from a second pair of smaller diameter tubes. The result is a Ferrari 458 Italia’s engine sound not invasive at low revs but fuller and richer at increasing performance.
Under low performance, the by-pass valves close, trapping the exhaust gases in the two silencers. At high performance and in particular under hard acceleration, the ECU responds by opening the valves and feeding all of the exhaust gases directly to the two outer tailpipes. The catalytic converter is attached to the central section of the exhaust by a flexible element which allows reducing the amount of vibrations transmitted to lighten the overall system. Similarly, the pre-catalytic converter has been eliminated, lowering overall weight and reducing back pressure whilst still complying with strict Euro 5 and LEV2 emissions legislation. Despite the more powerful engine of …
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 …
1985 Ferrari Testarossa Review
Ferrari has a formidable presence in the international motoring scene and there isn’t a car enthusiast in the world who can’t automatically paint a mental picture of the Ferrari Testarossa when called to task.The cherry-red finish with the silver rims and cream-colored interior is the combination that made Ferrari famous and that made the Testarossa the most admired car of the 1980s, leagues above Chevrolet’s Stingray Corvette.
Ferrari started production of the Testarossa in 1984, with the first model to hit the streets being the 1985. For the 11 years it was in production, there were a few minor tweaks to improve the overall appeal and functionality of the sports car, but the basic model stayed the same, and the original was always considered to be the best of the bunch.
Testarossa wasn’t just an average production model for Ferrari. This was to be the car to succeed the Berlinetta Boxer and hopefully put Ferrari back on the map. Everything about Ferrari’s newest sports car just stood out as dominant and “cool.” The name itself was derived from the red cam covers – testarossa literally means “red head” in Italian.
Undoubtedly, the Ferrari Testarossa instantly took …
Current Ferrari Models and Their Characteristics
Ferrari 458 Italia
The Ferrari 458 Italia is an expression of the most advanced concept of sportsmanship, represents the latest eight-cylinder supercar and it is the complete essence of what a Ferrari should be: power, extreme technology, pure driving pleasure. The 458 Italia affirms a new philosophy: lighter, faster, yet more environmentally friendly. Created to be even more extreme than the successful F430, the Italia does not sacrifice the driving pleasure in traffic or at low speed. The 458 Italia is built using the most advanced engine, chassis and aerodynamics technology ever developed by Ferrari, a feature that is partly due to working closely with the F1 Team in order to combine exceptional performance with reduced consumption and emissions. The new 4,499 cc V8 engine is a veritable powerhouse, punching out 570 hp. Equipped with the 7-speed F1 dual-clutch gearbox, the 458 can sprint from 0 to 60mph in under 3.4 seconds reaching a maximum speed of over 202 mph. Ferrari Silicon Valley is currently accepting interest list applications for the 458 Italia.
The Ferrari California is a bold addition to the Ferrari range: an eight-cylinder model with a grand touring remit. …
The Legendary 500 Superfast Series 275 GTB Ferrari
The Ferrari 300 GT 2 + 2 America model is a well recognized as a California cultural icon of the 1960’s. All in all over one thousand 300 GT 2 + 2’s were built, exported and shipped for the American market. The car started a somewhat revolution in American fast sports car yet family vehicle styling and name plate moniker look a likes. Yet there was a vehicle as well – the Ferrari Superfast Series 1 & 2 that could be said to be of far greater significance overall than the 300 GT 2 + 2 America.
Indeed it might be said and summarized by many esteemed as well as respected authorities in the exotic import sports car field that a vehicle of greater significance than the 300 GT made its very first appearance and introduction to the auto trade and sports car villains at the 1964 Paris Salon. Introduced at a time when the exclamations over the last Modena creation had died down, the 275 GTB more than made up for what some on the roads and tracks considered a somewhat mistake – the 330 GT. Overall it was an inspired …
Ferrari 458 Italia Suspension, SCM and Tires
The Ferrari 458 Italia has an innovative new suspension architecture compared to the F430: the front wishbones have L shape arms while there is a multilink suspension to the rear. This innovative approach results in greater longitudinal flexibility, which improves the car’s ability to absorb bumps, reduces suspension noise, boosts transverse rigidity and consequently improve 458 Italia’s handling and responsiveness.
These characteristics combined with specific tire development further improve overall vertical rigidity for less body roll and allow the introduction of a more direct steering ratio (11.9 degrees compared to the 16.9 of the F430, resulting in a 30 percent improvement). Quicker and more responsive steering consequently provides higher safety on both road and track driving experiences. The car new suspensions also offer a better compromise between vibrational and acoustic comfort as well as sportiness.
The Magnetorheological Suspension control (SCM) was first introduced in the Ferrari 599 GTB Fiorano and uses a fluid which viscosity instantaneously reacts to an electronically controlled magnetic field generated inside the damper. The control software adjusts the intensity of the magnetic field every millisecond, for an improved calibration and responsiveness on uneven ground. Compared to the previous version, …
Ferrari 458 Italia CCM Braking System, Chassis and New Steering Wheel
The engineers in Maranello relied on their extensive F1 and track experience to completely redesign the 458 Italia human machine interface, providing a truly ergonomic, driver-oriented cockpit with the aim to have a machine becoming the natural extension of the driver’s body and hands. In the Ferrari 458 Italia all the vehicle main controls are now clustered directly on the steering wheel, while secondary functions are set in two satellite pods on either side of the dash. The panel ahead of the driver includes comprehensive instrument display screens which enable the driver to fully concentrate on driving and thus representing another important safety component.
The elimination of the steering column mounted stalks and the clustering of the main controls on the steering wheel allow the driver to make all the adjustments or gearshifts with his/her hands firmly on the rim. This is yet another example of a track-derived feature boasted by the 458 Italia which ensures the car to achieve maximum performances under all driving conditions. The F1 gear-shift paddles are now more functional and ergonomic as they increase in size and are also independent from steering wheel activities, …
Ferrari 458 Italia – The SuperCar of the Year
You have probably seen photos of the highly acclaimed 458 Italia – Ferrari or maybe you have heard rumors about this beauty. Maybe you heard about a friend, co-worker or client talk about someone who was considering purchasing the 458 Italia. One thing is for sure, purchasing a 458 Italia is one of the wisest decisions any car aficionado will ever make. Now it’s your turn.In this article, we’re going to share a few details that you may have or may not have known about the all-new 458 Italia.
Ferrari 458 Italia
The Ferrari 458 Italia is getting high rave reviews: mainly because it features a 7-speed F1 dual-clutch gearbox, is a veritable horsepower, it can sprint from 0 to 60 mph/h in under 3.4 seconds and maximum efficiency has been achieved in every aspect of the car with a commitment to set the benchmark in the market segment in terms of fuel consumption and C02 emissions. Even the F430 it’s replacing can’t touch those speed levels. One thing is for sure, the Ferrari 458 has top performances and ensures maximum control of the car at all times, an important safety …
Ferrari 599 GTO Aerodynamics, Styling, Interior and Personalization
The 599 GTO significantly benefited from Ferrari engineers’ experience in Formula One as well as from 599XX in order to optimize down force without impacting on drag. The Ferrari 599 GTO generates down force of 144 kg at 200 km/h thanks mainly to solutions transferred from the track version to the road exemplar.
In developing the 599 GTO the focus was on all the areas that have the best direct impact on aerodynamic and performance: the front, sides, rear, underbody and cooling flows. In the specific, the cooling ducts for the discs and pads have been optimized whether the wheel doughnuts reduce the energy loss caused by the rims turbulence. The front bumper has been widened to improve the fairing-in of the wheels and it is now equipped with a new wider sill design to improve the rear wheels fairing. The sill also features a more pronounced leading edge that improves the efficiency of the underbody central section.
Enhancements on the car nose are aimed to reduce drag and narrow the width of the wake generated by the front. The Ferrari 599 GTO is also equipped with a splitter, an aerodynamic surface …