As with all Ferrari special series, the 458 Speciale boasts an array of advanced technical solutions that make it a completely unique model designed for owners looking for an even more focused sports car offering extreme driving emotions. The innovations span the entire car and include both Ferrari patents and world firsts, particularly with regard to the engine, active aerodynamics and vehicle dynamics. In fact, they set the 458 Speciale apart from the 458 Italia from which it is derived, to an extent unprecedented in the previous Challenge Stradale and 430 Scuderia special series.
Whether on the road or on the track, drivers will feel immediately at one with the 458 Speciale thanks to the speed with which it responds to every input and the consequently natural control it offers, even in extreme maneuvers. This finely-tuned handling balance delivers an intense driving experience behind the wheel of Ferrari’s most high performance V8.
Ferrari drew heavily on its extensive F1 knowledge at the design, process and control stages, and the engine is produced in the factory’s in –house foundry using the same processes and machinery employed by the F1 team to deliver complex components with the necessary extreme structural and dimensional characteristics.
Optimized combustion chamber fluid-dynamics, new intake geometries, and a new cam profile are just some of the adjustments that allowed the designers to meet their targets. Other significant factors were the revision of various engine components: new materials for the pistons and the con-rod bushings, for example. The crankshaft geometry was also redesigned along with the intake system. This very special engine has an equally unique soundtrack that is seductive and uncompromising both inside and outside the car, thanks to the position of the tailpipes, the silencer configuration and a redesigned inlet tract.
Once again Lapo Elkann, heir to Fiat Automobiles, has subjected us to another photo shoot, this time posing with a Ferrari FF as if the two are skiing and then with a camo wrapped Ferrari 458 Italia where Elkann is doing his best Bond impersonation. These photos were taken for an upcoming issue of L’Uomo Vouge.
Lapo Elkann is a New York-born Italian entrepreneur and Former Fiat marketing manager who is currently manager of brand promotion at Fiat Autombiles, group Fiat, and is a founding partner of LA Holding and current president Italia Independent and Independent Ideas. Elkann is the grandson of Italian industrialist and principal shareholder of Fiat, Gianni Agnelli.
The French Rivera is known for its lavish yachts and exotic cars, even with that being said, it’s always nice to see two examples of Ferrari excellence together cruising the streets of Monaco. Both examples are done in Corso Rosso Red with black rims that provide a complimentary accent to these already impressive machines.
The Ferrari 458 Speciale is a high-performance variant of the Ferrari 458 Italia. This version of the Italia includes several exterior upgrades that include a new set of performance wheels, a body kit and a larger front grille. The inside revisions are centered on reducing weight, this is achieved by removing several of the non-essential items from the cabin. The touring seats of the 458 Italia are replaced with carbon fiber racing seats covered in Alcantara, other luxury items such as plush upholstery and a radio are missing altogether giving the 458 Speciale a sense of track-only entitlement. Weight reduction on the Speciale makes this variant almost 500 pounds lighter than the Ferrari 458 Italia. The 458 Speciale packs an additional 34 horsepower under the hood making this 4.5-liter V8 capable of producing 596 hp! With all this attention being paid to performance, there is no surprise that the Ferrari 458 Speciale has already sold out for the 2015 model year.
Not long ago British sports car writer Jethro Bovingdon crashed a Ferrari FF into a low stone curb. So when we found out that Jethro had been invited by Chris Harris to drive a brand new Ferrari 458 Spider through the Stelvio Pass, a road that is well… basically lined with low stone walls, we felt it was appropriate to share. This video was shot for a new Car & Driver segment called the Car and Driver Abroad video series and marks Jethro Bovingdon’s first trip to the Stelvio Pass.
The Stelvio Pass has been referred to as the “World’s Greatest Road”, at over 9,000 feet high, it is one of the highest roads in Europe, and is responsible for connecting northern Italy to southern Switzerland. Not only does the altitude and location provide for amazing scenery, they help illustrate what makes this road so special, the curves. The Stelvio pass, constructed by the Austrians in 1820 consists of 48 hairpin turns covering over 16 miles of road that was built long before the creation of the automobile and lined with a beautiful, yet low stone wall that protects the driver from very steep drop-offs.
German luxury refiner DMC has unveiled its newest limited edition project, the Ferrari 458 Italia Estremo Edizione 10/10. Only 15 vehicles will be made in this very special limited production run with every third client receiving a special Gold-Edition that features a Custom Owner Plate signed by the car’s designer and an extra body part that is being kept a secret. All 15 editions are based on the Ferrari 458 Italia with improvements being made to the power of the vehicle and a stunning new body that is significantly lighter due to the use of carbon fiber.
The picture included in this post is from the release of the first example that was assembled by DMC’s partner in Japan for a client in Tokyo. The DMC Ferrari 458 Italia Estremo Edizione 10/10 displays a completely new front fascia with modified air channels for better cooling. Additional improvements include a new side-vented front hood and redeveloped side panels that control airflow. The rear of the vehicle displays a massive carbon fiber wing spoiler designed to create downforce. The new air-filter and exhaust system add an additional 22 horsepower to the already powerful engine creating a Ferrari 458 Italia capable of doing 0-100 mph in just 3.1 seconds.
The Ferrari 458 Italia already runs great around the track, putting out over 570 horsepower backed by pure racing DNA. Even with the Italia having all this going for it, the street set up does have a number of limitations. The guys over at the Racing One tuner shop have resolved these issues with their Ferrari 458 Italia Competition.
The 4.5-liter V8 engine has been tweeked a bit to produce 620 horsepower, making the Ferrari 458 Competition more powerful than the new Ferrari 458 Speciale. The upgraded engine is combined with variable traction control and a seven-speed racing gearbox. Additional upgrades include a beefed up suspension from KW, new carbon ceramic disks that are fade-resistent and better areodynamics that stem from a carbon fiber body kit
A lot of people feel that body modifications should not be made to a Ferrari, this stems from a belief that Ferraris are perfect when they leave the factory. One of the most common fears is that when changes are made to the body that effect the overall look of the vehicle, the actual look of the vehicle can be completely ruined. This has not stopped tuner shops from attempting to “add to without taking away from” the original design that the car was born with.
In this case Capristo, most famous for their work with exhaust systems, hated the fact that an engine view was not offered on the convertible option for the Ferrari 458 Italia, and set out to do something about it. The end result is very impressive; Capristo has fitted the Italia with a new back piece that allows the engine compartment to be viewed. The view of the engine is not a complete view, but you can see a good amount of the engine to include the Ferrari logo that sits on top.
In addition to the glass hood, Capristo also added flanks to the hood on each side of the glass pane that allow for better air passage, helping the oil cooler by adding 25 Nm to the output of the engine. The capristo Ferrari 458 Spider is a perfect example of a tuner shop adding to the original design without taking away from the original intent of the manufacture. The $15,000 price tag makes this a realistic option for those wanting to show off the engine of their Ferrari 458 Italia.
For all those out there wondering and dreaming about what you would do if you owned a brand new Ferrari 458 Spider can now put your dreams to the test with the Ferrari 458 Spider Configurator online. Ferrari allows the user to test all 38 colors and match them to available interior options and custom wheel packages. Best of all, the Ferrari 458 Spider configurator does not display any prices for these custom upgrades keeping the dream alive for all those who can’t afford to buy.
When Ferrari brings a new generation sports car to the market, everyone should expect at least three versions: a coupe, a spider, and a Scuderia. When it comes to the Ferrari 458 Italia we have had both the coupe and spider for some time. This leaves the Scuderia to be the only expected variation currently not released. Being that the name Scuderia is synonymous with weight reduction, we are expecting a loss in weight similar to what was done to the 430 Scuderia, which tipped the scale approximately 220 pounds lighter than the traditional F430. Expect this weight reduction to be the result of a mostly aluminum body, since Ferrari has made it clear that it would choose this material over the more popular carbon fiber.
Novetic Rosso is a Dutch tuning house that specializes in upgrade packages for Ferrari owners. This time Novetic Rosso has focused their attention on the Ferrari 458 Spider. This package keeps the focus on aerodynamic parts with very little done to the upgrade of the engine. Engine upgrades do include a carbon fiber air box with modified air routing and a custom high-performance exhaust system manufactured by Inconel. This system features two high-performance manifolds, sport catalysts and a new rear sport exhaust that releases an extra 39 hp by itself.
The aerodynamic upgrades for this Ferrari 458 Spider include carbon fiber parts designed in a wind tunnel at the University of Stuttgart. Novetic Rosso has fitted the 458 Spider with a new carbon fiber two-piece front spoiler with side flaps, a ventilation grill, exterior mirrors and side skirt matched to a rear spoiler. Additional pieces found on the Novetic Rosso 458 Spider include blacked –out tail lights, side markers and an auxiliary LED brake light along with carbon fiber air scoop wings. The Novetic Rosso 458 Spider sits on new 22” forged wheels matched with a hydraulic suspension system that can raise the car’s ride by 40mm or lower it by 35 mm.
German-based tuner company Mansory has taken inspiration from the Ferrari Enzo for its latest creation, the Ferrari 458 Spider Monaco Edition. The reference to Enzo styling is very obvious in the front nose cone of the 458 Monaco Edition along with a new skirt with bigger intakes all made out of carbon fiber. Mansory brags that these new carbon fiber pieces reduce the weight of the Ferrari 458 by over 130 pounds. The interior of the 458 Spider Monaco Edition receives an upholstery upgrade consisting of leather, Alcantara and carbon fiber done in a pleasant combination of red and white.
Mansory matched these new body styling components and interior upgrades with a new engine management system, a sports air filer and a sports-tuned exhaust system. Additional touches on the 458 Spider Monaco Edition include fitted sports shock absorbers with lowering springs that drop the ride height by 20mm, the Monaco Edition will be sitting on 20 inch wheels in the front and 21 inch wheels in the back. This upgrade in performance boosts the Ferrari 458’s power to 590 horsepower with a 0-60 of just 3.2 seconds while reaching a top speed of 205 mph.
Just three of these are being made, no word yet on pricing.
Still upset that you couldn’t get your hands on a real Ferrari 458 China Edition? Don’t feel bad, the limited production run dedicated to world’s biggest automotive market consisted of only 20 units and had a price tag of $1 million. Making the Ferrari 458 China Edition not only horribly expensive, but only available to those living in well… China.
For all the rest of us who would still like to have our own Ferrari 458 China Edition will have to settle for the Hot Wheels 1:18 scale model. This model is part of the Hot Wheels Elite special line and is packed with plenty of surprises. The Hot Wheels Elite Ferrari 458 China Edition will cost about $105 and is available for immediate shipping (something else that is hard to get with the full-sized version).
Ferrari models tend to sell out quickly including those that are only offered in a limited production or pack a lot more horsepower than other models. Australia’s Motoring magazine is claiming that Ferrari has sold out the entire inventory of the new 458 Speciale.
For those who are new to this blog or have possibly been living under a rock, the 458 speciale is the 3rd fastest Ferrari to ever put in laps at the Fiorano test track. That makes the 458 Speciale faster than the 599 GTO and the Enzo. This mid-engine V8 takes its cue from the 360 Challenge Stradale and the Ferrari F430 Scuderia, the 458 Speciale is lighter, more powerful and more aerodynamically sound than the 458 Italia for which the 458 Speciale is based off of.
No official price has been given yet; our best guess is that the Ferrari 458 Speciale will be approximately $300,000.
Japanese tuning experts LB Performance, a subdivision of Liberty Walk, most famous for their Ferrari 458 widebody kit that debuted at SEMA 2013 are back with a new widebody kit for the Ferrari 458 Spider. Once again the Japanese tuners have focused on giving the 458 Spider an aggressive widebody look with exaggerated fenders and front scoop. The most extreme part of this makeover is the rear wing that also represents the most aerodynamic change made to this vehicle. Additional modifications include a stunning drop to the Spider’s already low ride-height and an impressive pair of deep concave multispoke alloys by SSR.
Ferrari has made changes to the sports car that will be competing in the Ferrari Challenge North America, Asia and European series in 2014. The new Ferrari 458 Challenge Evoluzione was put to the test at the Mugello Circuit in Tuscany, Italy. Changes to the Challenge Evoluzione include a new rear wing designed to increase downforce matched with a new front splitter. These upgrades helped to increase the lap times and overall handling of the vehicle. Ferrari has not disclosed any information on the type of engine upgrades that were made to the motor. Assumptions are that the Ferrari 458 Challenge Evoluzione will have the 4.5 liter V8 engine producing 562 horsepower with 398 lb-feet of torque.
Owned by Scuderia Ferrari, the Mugello Circuit is a race track in Tuscany, Italy. The 15 turn circuit hosts events for the Grand Prix motorcycle racing series and the Deutsche Tourenwagen Masters. Scuderia Ferrari uses the race track for Formula One testing.
The design department at the prancing horse is committed to improving a brand that is already 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 458 Speciale the highest-output naturally aspirated V-8 Ferrari ever made. The 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.
Ferrari’s “advanced active aerodynamics” featured on the 458 Speciale include a noticeably larger heat extractor, a more chiseled lower grille and a more aggressive diffuser that sits just below the newly split exhaust. The purpose of the active aerodynamics is to improve downforce while reducing drag. Ferrari has stated that these advanced active aerodynamic features will become a standard feature on all future models.
The 458 Speciale is a variant of the 458 Italia that is available to be driven at Exotics Racing on a 1.2 mile road course. Exotics Racing now has two locations, the Las Vegas Motor Speedway and the Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, California. For more information on how you can drive a 458 Italia, log onto www.exoticsracing.com or call 702-405-RACE (7223).
It’s not every day that you get to witness a Ferrari 599 GTB attempting to drift around a collection of luxury vehicles that includes a blue Rolls-Royce Ghost, no less than two Ferrari 458 Italias, the new Corvette Stingray and several Ferrari Californias.
That is just the case for these to aspiring stunters who put their amateur talents on display at what appears to be the roof of a parking garage in the United Arab Emirates. The two were thoughtful enough to rig the 599 GTB with cameras that give us views from all angles inside and outside the car.
Level 5 Motorsports has won the first race of the United SportsCar Racing series GTD class at the Rolex 24 at Daytona. The controversial finish resulted in a battle between Alessandro Pier Guidi racing a Ferrari 458 Italia for Level 5 Motorsport and Markus Winkelhock who was piloting an Audi A8 for Flying Lizard Motorsports. Both drivers were midway through the infield portion of the race when the Level 5 Motorsports entry No 555 was fighting aggressively to maintain the first place position over the Flying Lizard entry No 45. The Audi ended up being squeezed by the Ferrari resulting in the Audi going off-course and losing momentum. International Motor Sports Association (IMSA) officials initially ruled that the Ferrari had made avoidable contact with the Audi and was therefore was penalized resulting in a victory for Flying Lizard. Upon closer review of the video replay, IMSA officials ruled that no contact had been made between the two cars and awarded the victory to Level 5 Motorsports Ferrari 458 Italia.
“A full post-race review of the incident on the last lap of the 52nd Rolex 24 At Daytona was completed by IMSA Supervisory Officials. The decision has been made to reverse the decision by the race director, rescind the penalty against the No. 555 Level 5 Motorsports Ferrari 458 Italia team, and reinstate drivers Scott Tucker, Bill Sweedler, Townsend Bell, Jeff Segal and Alessandro Pier Guidi as the GT Daytona class winners. We regret the confusion following the race, and appreciate the patience by our fans, drivers, teams and the media so we could properly review and subsequently report this decision.
The German tuning company DMC has recently released their “Elegante” styling kit onto the Ferrari 458 coupe for the first time. DMC had recently applied this styling kit to a Ferrari 458 Spider. The “Elegante” styling kit adds even more style and aggressiveness to the already stylish and aggressive Italia. This is done with a complete aerodynamic package that includes front lips, side skirts, carbon fiber front hood and the rear diffuser.
The engine also gets an upgrade in power that boosts the 458 “Elegante” to an impressive power output of 608 horsepower. This was achieved by a remapped ECU and a new stainless-steel exhaust system. Being that the base 458 Italia comes standard with 562 horsepower, this boost in power is a respectable jump in numbers considering that no major engine work was done.