No single brand in the world represents speed, beauty, technology and design quite like Ferrari. This past weekend Ferrari celebrated 30 years of presence in China at the Asia World Expo in Hong Kong. More than 600 Ferrari models representing every era of the famed automaker’s existence were on hand, making this expo the single largest gathering of Maranello’s sports cars ever organized in China.
The expo involved several events that all led up to Marc Gene, Scuderia Ferrari’s test driver, unveiling the Ferrari 458 Speciale.
Drifting at full-throttle is exciting in any vehicle; the experience becomes beyond super-awesome when your drift car happens to be Ferrari’s fastest street-legal production vehicle currently made. This 740-horsepower V-12 packs a mind-blowing 509 lb-ft of torque at 6,000 rpm guaranteed to leave tires screaming as they run for their lives. This may explain why Ferrari provided an additional four sets of tires to auto journalist Chris Harris of EVO magazine and co-host of DRIVE for his driftcar excursion thru Europe’s most beautiful track, the Anglesey Race Circuit in Wales.
Ferrari has captured the Rolex Series manufacturer Championship for the second consecutive season. Alessandro Balzan’s second place finish at Lime Rock Park was enough to win the Rolex Series GRAND-AM GT drivers championship and secure the Rolex series team championship for Scuderia Corsa. This generates serious momentum for Ferrari leading into the 2014 season where the American Le Mans Series and the GRAND-AM series will merge to become the Tudor United Sports Car Championship.
The design department at the prancing horse is committed to tirelessly working on improving a brand that already is the pinnacle of perfection. This time Ferrari has focused their efforts on a special edition (hence the name Speciale) of the 458 Italia.
Improvements were made to the Speciale vs. the “conventional” model (like anything at Ferrari is conventional) by focusing on the three most important factors of a supercar: power, grip, and aerodynamics. Performance was added to this 4.5L V-8, raising the horsepower to 605, while keeping the torque steady at 398. This works out to be 133 horsepower per liter, making the Speciale the highest-output naturally aspirated V-8 Ferrari ever made. The 458 Speciale can launch from 0-60 in 3 seconds flat! Best-of-all, Ferrari says that even with improved performance, the 458 Speciale consumes less fuel than the 458 Italia.
Among the technological improvements that have increased the grip of the 458 Speciale, are changes to the algorithm of the Side Slip Angle Control system (SSC). This function’s purpose is to constantly analyze in real time, the vehicle’s lateral slip and compare it to the computer’s “ideal” values. This allows the SSC to split the torque between the rear wheels, enhancing the ability of the Speciale to take turns faster without sacrificing control. This is achieved through integration of the electronic differential and the vehicle’s traction control system.
Kim Kardashian’s Ferrari 458 Italia
For the first installment of the Drive a Ferrari weekly feature: Celebrities Who Drive a Ferrari, we focus on tabloid superstar and possibly talented Kim Kardashian. Kim’s love for the prancing pony dates all the way back to her relationship with Miami Dolphin running back and 2009 Super Bowl Champion, Reggie Bush. During their agonizing relationship, Kim could be seen driving all over in Reggie’s grey Ferrari F430 (pictured below). Continue reading “Celebrities who drive a Ferrari: Kim Kardashian” »
KIMI RAIKKONEN SIGNS WITH FERRARI THRU 2016
Ferrari Scuderia announced that Kimi Raikkonen will be rejoining Ferrari in 2014. Raikkonen won the 2007 Formula 1 World Championship driving for the Italian Marque. Kimi will be replacing Brazilian Felipe Massa who has underperformed his entire career with Ferrrari. Continue reading “Kimi Raikkonen to Drive for Ferrari in 2014, Signed Thru 2016” »
Toronto lawyer Howard Levitt found himself in a precarious situation last July while trying to get to the airport during a rain storm. Sitting behind the wheel of his 2010 Ferrari California valued at $200,000, Levitt noticed that the tunnel he was passing through was beginning to fill with water. Determined to make his court appearance the next day, Howard decided to abandon his Ferrari in the tunnel and take a cab to the airport, according to the National Post.
Come and drive the 430 Scuderia on a race track. Ferrari’s 430 Scuderia is equipped with a highly tuned V8 pumping out 510 hp and it sheds away 220 lbs from the regular F430. When Ferrari decided to make the F430 Scuderia the ultimate track car they consulted one of the best Formula 1 drivers in history, Michael Schumacher. Continue reading “Ferrari 430 Scuderia” »
The 570 hp 458 Italia is powered by a high revving 4.5l V8 that is mated to Ferrari’s new dual clutch 7 speed paddle shift gearbox. This new engine and gearbox combination rocket ships the 458 from 0-60 in 3.3 seconds and lets the 458 achieve a top speed of 202 mph. Continue reading “Ferrari 458 Italia” »
Everyone dreams of driving a Ferrari. Now, get behind the wheel of the Ferrari F430 F1 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway and Auto Club Speedway in California. Take on these challenging closed road courses while pushing the 490 hp V8 and “F1″ sequential-shift manual transmission. Continue reading “Ferrari F430 F1” »