Hip hop performing artist Gucci Mane has the unique distinction of being the first person in America to receive shipment a Ferrari 458 Italia back in 2010. Being the first recipient of such a luxury item is a feat that very few have been able to off, including when you consider the selection process that is involved in gaining access to a new Italian supercar. Mane dressed out his 458 Italia in black and yellow Forgiato Opposti wheels to match the color of the car.
The Ferrari 458 Italia officially debuted at the Frankfurt Motor Show on 15 September 2009. This mid-engine V8 packs 562 horsepower at 9,000 rpm with a 0-60 mph in 3.4 seconds with a top speed just under 200 mph.
There is no doubt that the LaFerrari is a game changer for the future of Ferrari supercars. There have been suggestions in the past by Ferrari president, Luca di Montezemolo that the hybrid technology used in the LaFerrari could make its way into the next-generation of Ferraris. This would be in direct response to increasingly demanding emissions requirements. A series of design patent images recently revealed show that Ferrari is developing a new model, which may be a front-engine turbocharged hybrid that could possibly replace the Ferrari California.
Pictures circulating online after patents were submitted, reveal a vehicle that takes most of its cues from current Ferrari’s, including the front and rear styling of the FF. The lights shown in this illustration are consistent with the lights currently used on the Ferrari 458, F12 Berlinetta and FF. The lower valance displayed in these diagrams appears to be a hybrid between what is found on the Ferrari FF and the F12 Berlinetta. Even with the illustration appearing to show a fixed-roof coupe, there are prominent cut lines in the roof that strongly suggest that a production version could include a removable roof panel or a folding metal hard top, similar to what is currently used on the Ferrari California.
The current Ferrari California is a rear-drive vehicle powered by a naturally aspirated V8 engine that produces 483 horsepower and 375lb-ft of torque capable of doing 0-60 in less than 4 seconds. A slightly disguised Ferrari California was seen testing with what was rumored to be a twin-turbocharged 3.8 liter V8 that is currently found in the Maserati Quattroporte and delivers 523 horsepower and 523lb-ft of torque. These sightings and the release of patent images strongly suggest that we may see a replacement vehicle for the Ferrari California by 2017.
When competing on The Price Is Right for a chance to win a car, most of the time you would expect the car to be a base model Toyota Prius or possibly something Dodge. Never would you expect the prize to be a new Ferrari 458 Spider! A not-so-lucky contestant by the name of Therese had the opportunity to play Three Strikes for the chance to win a dark blue Ferrari 458 Spider. They even had to add a sixth number to the board in order to accommodate the price of the car. Unfortunately, Therese had no clue how expensive a new Ferrari is. Her first guess was $100,000, followed up by $800,000 and then finally she guessed $600,000. It’s safe to say that Therese did not end up winning the car being that price sits closer to $300,000. But hey, she got to be on t.v.
Fast and the Furious star, Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson is one of the physically largest guys in Hollywood. The upside to this is endless roles in action movies, the downside is that being this big makes it hard to fit into a Ferrari. The Rock recently posted this picture and caption to his Facebook page:
“570 horse power of brilliant Italian engineering + 260lbs of Samoan Black Silverback = another fine ride I don’t fit in. #Ferrari458 Why I’m a pick up truck man”
Twenty years ago, a customer from Beijing made history by being the first person from China to place an order for a Ferrari; in this case it was a 348 TS. Twenty years and many sales to China later, Ferrari has released the Ferrari 458 China Edition.
This limited production run of 458s will only be available to the Chinese market with just 20 examples being produced. All twenty examples of the vehicle will come in “Marco Polo Red” featuring a huge black and gold stripe running down the middle with a very large gold dragon in the middle of the stripe. The inspiration for this design apparently came from the “Longma” theme, translated as “the vigor and spirit of the legendary dragon-horse”. To compliment this theme, Ferrari has decked the wheels and aerodynamic winglets in a gold finish, and even embroidered the seat head rests. The start button has been inscribed with the Chinese characters for “start” while the dashboard displays a plaque signifying that the vehicle is the 20th anniversary special edition.
All aspects of this limited edition vehicle appear to be cosmetic with the 20th Anniversary China Edition receiving the standard 570 hp 4.5-liter V8 capable of delivering a 0-60 mph in just 3.4 seconds.
Three time Formula One Grand Prix winner Giancarlo Fisichella will be competing in the inaugural season of the Tudor United SportsCar Championship driving for Risi Competizione in the Ferrari 458 Italia. The veteran F1 driver has competed in 231 grand prix with 3 wins and 19 podiums, making Fisichella the winningest F1 driver to compete in the Tudor United SportsCar Championship.
The Tudor United SportsCar Championship (USC) is a racing series based in the United States and Canada organized by the International Motor Sports Association (IMSA). The USC is a result of merger between two existing North American sports car racing series, the American Le Mans Series and the Rolex Sports Car Series. The 2014 season will begin with the Rolex 24 Hours of Daytona on January 25-26.
Steve Sutcliffe from Autocar Magazine recently traveled to Maranello, Italy, home to the Ferrari factory and the Fiorano circuit for a chance to test out the all new Ferrari 458 Speciale. The Ferrari 458 Speciale is the latest variant of the 458 that produces 597 horsepower with 9,000 rpm and weights 50lbs less than the standard car. The Ferrari 458 Speciale also has a new manettino setting that allows the driver to go sideways with the ESP still engaged. The 458 Speciale is a truly great example of the Ferrari brand.
British racing magazine EVO recently put the Ferrari 458 speciale up against the Ferrari 458 Italia and the ruff-and-tumble Ferrari F430 Scuderia. All three cars were driven by Jethro Bovingdon, on a racetrack somewhere in the U.K.
When comparing horsepower, the 458 Speciale definitely has the advantage with 605 horsepower compared to the 570 horsepower of the 458 Italia and 503 horsepower of the Scuderia. The difference in horsepower would strongly suggest that the 458 Speciale would have the advantage on the racetrack. However, there is so much more to racing than just horsepower. Check out the video and see which one of these supercars performed best on the track.
Ferrari announced earlier this year during the unveiling of the Ferrari 458 Speciale at the Frankfurt Motor Show that they believe the 458 Speciale to be “more fun than the Ferrari F40.” Even without seeing one in action, everyone from around the world was eager to see what the new 458 Speciale could do.
British racing magazine Autocar got the opportunity to take the Ferrari 458 Speciale out on the track. Steve Sutcliffe was the lucky man who got to find out if the Ferrari 458 Speciale lived up to all the hype. During the video, Steve makes specific reference to the upgraded gearbox that allows 44% faster downshifts. He is also very impressed with the LaFerrari-style brakes and the new traction control system that allows the driver the ability to slide without spinning.
The 458 Speciale includes the same 4.5-liter V-8 engine that is found in the stock 458 Italia; the engine has been tweaked to produce 596 horsepower and 398 lb-feet of torque. This results in the Ferrari 458 Speciale having 34 more horsepower that the standard 458 Italia, making the 458 Speciale the most powerful naturally aspirated V-8 ever built by Ferrari. The 596 horsepower engine allows the 458 Speciale to achieve 0-60 mph in less than 3 seconds with a top speed of 202 mph.
Most people would consider Ferrari ownership as being a special experience reserved for those rich few who can afford such luxury. Most would imagine that these Ferrari owners walked into a dealership and purchased the supercar of their dreams. Not the case for Eric Clapton, who had Ferrari custom make a 1 of 1 supercar, the Ferrari SP12 EC.
Designed by the Ferrari Style Centre in collaboration with Pininfarina and Maranello’s most senior engineers, the SP12 EC is a custom one-off of the Ferrari 458 Italia with design styles influenced by Eric Clapton’s favoriate Ferrari, the Ferrari flat-12 BB 512i of the late 70s and early 80s, of which Clapton owns at least three examples. The musician reportedly wanted his custom order to include a 6.0-liter V12 Ferrari engine, after some discussion between Clapton and the Special Ferrari team, the decision was made to go with the standard engine used in the Ferrari 458 Italia. Evidence of Clapton’s desire to have a V12 can be seen in the name SP12 EC (Special Production 12 cylinders, Eric Clapton). Body modifications made to resemble the Ferrari 512 include a Boxer-like rear deck, lower trim and for some reason, Enzo headlights! The price tag on this custom piece is not exactly cheap, while Ferrari will not disclose the actual price of sale; the SP12 EC is rumored to have cost Clapton $4.8 million.
You would think that a bright yellow Ferrari 458 Spider would be hard to miss just by the mere sound that a Ferrari makes or by the attention that it demands at all time or maybe just because it’s BRIGHT YELLOW. Obviously that wasn’t the case for a police officer who ran into the back of this poor unsuspecting Ferrari while the cop was attempting to perform a 3 point turn on the narrow streets of London. People passing by can be heard on the video breaking out into laughter at the sight of this spectacle. To make matters worse, when the BMW police vehicle backs out of the collision, it takes the rear bumper off of the Ferrari!
Video of the London police at their best was uploaded by the Supercars of London and has been viewed more than 43,000 times and that’s just in the last 24 hours! The uploader of the video had this to say “The laughing is by far my favorite bit! It’s a situation you just have to laugh at…unless you’re the Ferrari owner”
Law enforcement has confirmed that this event did take place with the following response: “We can confirm a police car was in a collision with a Ferrari. No one was injured during the collision and no arrests were made.”
With most of the 2014 Ferrari lineup remaining unchanged (the Ferrari California, Ferrari FF, Ferrari F12 Berlinetta, and the Ferrari 458 Italia and 458 Spider, Ferrari has focused much of their efforts on the LaFerrari and the 458 Speciale as new models for 2014.
LaFerrari: The first and rumored not to be the last hybrid to come from Maranello produces 950 horsepower, 789 horsepower are from the 6.3-liter V-12 and the rest are from two electric motors. The LaFerrari also produces an astonishing 516 lb-ft of torque and a top end of 217 mph. Additional examples of awesomeness included in the LaFerrari are a lighter crankshaft, variable-length intake runners, an equal-length six into-one headers hydroformed from Inconel and a seven-speed automated-manual transaxle. With the LaFerrari weighing only 2,800 pounds, that’s a half ton lighter than the well respected F12 Berlinetta, the newest prancing horse is able to hit 0-60 in less than 3 seconds! Improvements to the stability-control system and active aerodynamic elements allow the LaFerrari to handle with 20 percent greater acceleration than the Enzo. The LaFerrari hybrid system consists of two electric motors developed in conjunction with the Fiat Group subsidiary responsible for developing high-technology components: Magneti Marelli. The first motor powers the wheels, while the second powers the accessories. A 120 cell battery pack arranged in eight 15 cell modules is assembled in-house by the Ferrari racing team. The battery pack is charged any time the carbon-ceramic brake discs are applied. No pricing has been announced yet, it’s safe to guess in the upwards of $2 million. For those that are interested in owning one of these will have to act fast, Ferrari is only producing 499 LaFerraris.
458 Speciale: The Ferari 458 Speciale is a naturally aspirated 4.5 liter V-8 has 597 horsepower and 398 lb-ft of torque, making the Ferrari 458 Speciale the highest-output naturally aspirated Ferrari V-8 of all time. The Ferrari 458 Speciale has a 133 horsepower per liter making the 458 Speciale the highest horsepower per liter ratio ever achieved by a naturally aspirated engine manufactured by Ferrari. The Ferrari 458 Speciale has a power-to-weight-ratio of 4.77 pounds per horsepower allowing the Ferrari 458 Speciale to hit 0-60 in 3 seconds flat with a top speed of 202 mph.
Ferrari has updated the algorithm used for the Side Slip Angle Control System (SSC); this allows the 458 Speciale to achieve better car control when being pushed to its limits. By performing real-time analysis of the car’s lateral slip, the Ferrari’s computer system is able to adjust the amount of power being released to assist the driver with completing turns through improved integration within the car’s traction control system and the electronic differential. To maximize results from this setup, the manufacturer worked directly with Michelin to create a special set of tires designed to improve lap times. When the Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 tires were brought out to the Fiorano circuit, the Ferrari 458 Speciale produced lap times of 1.23.5; to help understand what an improvement this is, keep in mind that the LaFerrari tops the speed charts at Fiorano with a 1.20.0 lap time. These improvements to the SSC will allow average drivers to corner and produce lap times previously only achieved by experienced drivers.
No word yet on what the price tag for the Ferrari 458 Speciale will be the rumored price is approximately $330,000.
The Ferrari 458 Speciale made its United States debut last month at an event organized by Ferrari North America to officially introduce the Ferrari 458 Speciale to the North American audience. The event was held at the Austin Studios in the capital of Texas with Marco Mattiacci, President of Ferrari North America and Stefano Domenicali, the Scuderia Ferrari Team Principal on hand to display the latest special series release Maranello to the public. The audience was presented with an official video of the car that was followed by two Speciale supercars being driven into Austin Studios by Scuderia’s official test drivers Marc Gene and Pedro de la Rosa.
The Ferrari 458 Speciale made its world debut earlier this September at the Frankfurt Motor Show. This naturally aspirated 4.5 liter V-8 has 597 horsepower and 398 lb-ft of torque, making the Ferrari 458 Speciale the highest-output naturally aspirated Ferrari V-8 of all time. The Ferrari 458 Speciale has a 133 horsepower per liter making the 458 Speciale the highest horsepower per liter ratio ever achieved by a naturally aspirated engine manufactured by Ferrari. As a direct result of the Speciale’s weight reduction to 2,844 pounds-down from 3,042 pounds in the standard Italia, the Speciale now has a power-to-weight-ratio of 4.77 pounds per horsepower! The Ferrari 458 Speciale shoots from 0-60 in 3 seconds flat.
For the 458 Speciale, Ferrari has updated the algorithm used for the Side Slip Angle Control System (SSC); this allows the 458 Speciale to achieve better car control when being pushed to its limits. By performing real-time analysis of the car’s lateral slip, the Ferrari’s computer system is able to adjust the amount of power being released to assist the driver with completing turns through improved integration within the car’s traction control system and the electronic differential. To maximize results from this setup, the manufacturer worked directly with Michelin to create a special set of tires designed to improve lap times. When the Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 tires were brought out to the Fiorano circuit, the Ferrari 458 Speciale produced lap times of 1.23.5; to help understand what an improvement this is, keep in mind that the LaFerrari tops the speed charts at Fiorano with a 1.20.0 lap time. These improvements to the SSC will allow average drivers to corner and produce lap times previously only achieved by experienced drivers.
The aerodynamics has been improved with assistance from Pinifarina, most notably in the larger heat extractor on the hood and by implementing a more chiseled lower fascia and grill. The Ferrari 458 Speciale has a dual exhaust system instead of the triple exhaust system found on the Italia and Spider variants; the dual exhaust is accompanied by a more aggressive diffuser located just below the exhaust. These improvements to aerodynamics allow the Ferrari 458 Speciale to increase downforce while reducing drag.
Matiacci did not get into discussing price when addressing the audience in Austin; he did say “We are very happy to be able to present this amazing car right here in Austin while the city is hosting the United States Formula 1 Grand Prix”. “The 458 Speciale expresses the synthesis of Ferrari’s sporting spirit and technology and there could no better way to launch it than alongside a race which is part of the highest level of motor sport and technology”.
Las Vegas nightclub promoter Jay Farber became the World Series of Poker runner-up by finishing second in the main event. Even though Farber did not win the $8,400,000 first place prize, he did walk away with a respectable $5,174,357 by beating out a field of 6,352 players at Rio hotel and casino. When asked what he will be spending his $5.2 million on, Farber says that he is going to be buying a Ferrari, an Aston Martin, and a house, not bad choices at all!
Less than 10 days after saying that he was looking to buy a Ferrari and an Aston Martin, Farber came out to Exotics Racing in Las Vegas to drive a Ferrari 458 Italia on the Exotics Racing 1.2 mile road course. Faber may have been doing a little window shopping at the Exotics Racing Experience with his close friends Dan Bilzerian, Tim “Skrape” Katz, Jordan McDonald and Brad Tate. After receiving a block of instructions from the Exotics Racing driving instructors, Faber took the 458 Italia out for 5 laps. Farber and his friends had so much fun at Exotics Racing that they even hung out longer to take a driftcar ride along in a Corvette Z06!
The Exotics Racing Ferrari 458 Italia that Faber drove is a rear-wheel drive V-8 capable of producing 560 horsepower and is Ferrari’s first naturally aspirated direct fuel injection mid-engine car that delivers a 0-60 in less than 3.4 seconds with a top speed of 202 mph. The 458 Italia is the first volume production Ferrari to break the 200 mph mark. Even though Farber only drove the 458 Italia while he was at the track, Exotics Racing does have the Aston Martin V8 Vantage available to be driven. Makes us wonder if He’ll be back to drive to the Vantage next!
A customer recently paid Ferrari to create a one-off special edition of the Ferrari 458 Italia that pays tribute to Ferrari’s Formula One racing legend and recent subject of the Hollywood blockbuster feature film Rush, Niki Lauda. This build was commissioned through Ferrari’s Tailor Made program and is released as a strict one-off.
The most notable changes to the exterior include the gold racing wheels on a red paint job with a white roof that has the Italian Flag represented in tri-color racing stripes across the roof. Inside, the seats and center console are finished with red stitching and make use of the same tri-color racing stripe creating and interior design that matches the exterior paint.
The changes made to the Ferrari 458 Italia for this custom build are purely cosmetic. Under the hood this Italia still carries the same 562 horsepower V8 engine that tops out at 202 mph with a 0-60 in 3.4 seconds. Other unique cars to come out of the Tailor Made program at Ferrari include a black and yellow two-toned California that uses a unique blend of carbon fiber and Kevlar for the exterior.
The Tailor Made program from Ferrari allows customers the option to customize color and trim options. For those that are interested in customized packages that go beyond color and trim should check out Ferrari’s One-Off program. The most recent example of this program is Eric Clapton’s super custom Ferrari SP12 EC, valued at over $2 million.
Las Vegas nightclub promoter Jay Farber became the World Series of Poker runner-up by finishing second in the main event last week. Even though Farber did not win the diamond-crusted championship bracelet or the $8,400,000 first place prize, he did walk away with a respectable $5,174,357. The 29 year old Farber, who had never won a major poker event, beat out a field of 6,352 entrants over seven days of play at Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino. Despite taking home over $5.2 million, Farber says that he will be keeping his night job working as VIP nightlife host saying that the publicity will be good for business. When asked what he will be buying with his new found wealth, Farber says that he will be buying a Ferrari and a new house.
It appears that Farber seems to be keeping true to his promise, earlier this week he was spotted at Exotics Racing last week driving a Ferrari 458 Italia on their 1.2 mile road course. We can only assume that he was using his time at Exotics Racing School as a bit of a test drive. After receiving a block of instructions from the Exotics Racing driving instructors, he went out on the course for 5 laps. Farber had so much fun at Exotics Racing that he even hung out longer to take a driftcar ride along in a Corvette Z06!
While we don’t know exactly what Ferrari Farber will choose to buy, if he does choose buy the Ferrari 458 Italia, he won’t be disappointed. The Ferrari 458 Italia is a rear-wheel drive V-8 capable of producing 560 horsepower with 398 lb-ft of torque at 6,000 rpm, with 80% percent of the torque at 3,250 rpm! The Ferrari 458 Italia is Ferrari’s first naturally aspirated direct fuel injection mid-engine car that delivers a 0-60 in less than 3.4 seconds with a top speed of 202 mph. The 458 Italia is the first volume production Ferrari to break the 200 mph mark. With the type of earnings he made earlier this week, Jay will find the $300,000 price tag to be a steal for such a wonderful car.
With the release of the XBOX One less than a month away, we are starting to get a sneak peek at what gaming accessories will be on the shelves to make that slick new racing experience even better. The Thrustmaster: TX Racing Wheel, Ferrari 458 Italia Edition for Xbox One allows players to feel like they are behind the seat of the real $300,000 supercar. This controller re-creates the actual wheel from the Ferrari 458 Italia to include paddle gear shifters and metal floor pedals.
Just like a real Ferrari, expect to drop some serious cash if you want to be behind the wheel of this bad boy. Opening price for one of these on launch day (Nov.22 alongside the Xbox One launch) will be $400.00. To put this in perspective, the Ferrari 458 Italia racing wheel will cost you the same price as a PS4!
Like I said… it’s a Ferrari.
Japanese fashion giant, A Bathing Ape or BAPE as the company is commonly called, has pioneered Japanese street culture with a flair for urban American Hip Hop influence. One can only assume that the need to wrap a 2013 Ferrari 458 Italia in modern camouflage must have roots that stem back to urban Hip Hop culture (DMX would be proud). None-the-less, BAPE’s Ferrari 458 Italia looks stunning wrapped in camo that definitely represents a Soviet slant to the camouflage paint scheme.
Even though this 458 Italia has received a paint upgrade, the vehicle itself is completely stock. The Ferrari 458 Italia features a 4.5-liter V-8 engine that produces 562 hp with the ability to go from 0-60 in just 3.4 seconds! The top speed for the camo pony is 202 mph with a price tag of about $300,000.
Personally, I have some concerns about the tactical benefits of camouflaged Ferrari. First, why would you want to go to war in a Ferrari in the first place? Secondly, assuming that they cannot see you because you are camouflaged, they will defiantly hear you when that massive V-8 begins to roar! However, the thought of equipping a Ferrari 458 Italia with a couple of machine guns and ripping through a warzone definitely has a certain appeal.
Over the years, elaborate automotive paint schemes has been a popular way to personalize one’s automobile. the exotic supercar market has seen many trends. Who can forget the “Murdered Out” matte black finished paint schemes of the last few years that have became so popular that some leading manufactures now offer matte black as a factory paint scheme. Before that there was the popular Chameleon Paint of the late 90′s; and who could forget the old school airbrush art of the 1970’s and 1980’s or even of the foil art and wood grain of the 1960’s. Continue reading “Crystal Encrusted Ferrari 458 Italia” »
The Ferrari 458 Speciale debuted last month at the Frankfurt Motor Show to a crowd of thousands. The U.K. release was incredibly different; only 100 hand-picked Ferrari customers were invited to the unveiling of the Ferrari 458 Speciale at a private event hosted by the Carrs Ferrari and Maserati in Exeter, Devon.
The Ferrari 458 Speciale is essentially a beefed up Ferrari 458 Italia. Improvements were made to the Speciale vs. the “conventional” 458 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.