Ferrari 458 Italia Interiors and Vehicle Dynamic Assistance
The Ferrari 458 Italia replaces the F430 arising from a completely new design and innovation technologies developed from the company’s experience in Formula One. The forms and the volume of each Ferrari are the result of the integration between aerodynamics and design. In developing the 458 Italia, the styling process went hand in hand with the aerodynamic development in order to turn technical necessities into distinctive features.
The car VDA, or Vehicle Dynamic Assistance, provides technical support to the driver in assessing both vehicle status and his own performance. The VDA is activated when the manettino is at RACE, CT and CST settings and gives drivers’ information that allows them to assess the ideal operating condition for the car. An algorithm assess the car’s status (brakes, engine, tires and engine temperature) based on dynamic parameters such as lateral and longitudinal acceleration, rpm, speed, etc. The VDA alerts the driver by displaying the following shorthand: WARM UP when the components need to further warm up; GO when optimal conditions to reach maximum performance are achieved; OVER when there is overheating and cooling the components is required.
In regards to the 458 Italia interiors, …
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 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 …
The Ferrari 458 Italia Has Been Crowned “Performance Car Of The Year”
Over the last decade Ferrari have enjoyed the best ever run of success in the Formula One Grand Prix seasonal races, with the seven times world champion “Michael Schumacher racing with the Scuderia Ferrari Team winning five of his world championship titles at Ferrari.
The Italian sports car manufacturer Ferrari is based in Maranello and was founded by Enzo Ferrari in 1929, as Scuderia Ferrari. Since then the famous race team and their race sports cars have been synonymous with the motor racing world and making Ferrari the oldest Grand Prix team in the world. The recent era of Grand Prix racing has lifted the Ferrari Brand and the “Prancing Horse” motor sports car marque to new heights and seen sales of their famous car models rising with their successes.
Ferrari’s latest accolade they have scooped this year is the coveted “Performance Car Of The Year” in the World Car Awards (WCA). The annual World Car Awards is a program which is initiated by, organized by, and conducted by automotive journalists from all around the world. So the 458 has had a gatifying nod by the motor industry’s …