It seems as if supercar owners are always trying to one-up each other with the latest over-the-top body wraps. Being that wraps go over the original paint and do not damage the collector value of a supercar, has only encouraged wealthy people to create the most ridiculous paint schemes possible. Pictured above is a brilliant example of a Ferrari 458 Italia spotted in Cannes, dressed out in an eye-catching diamond wrap. Definitely this makes an already hard not to notice car even harder not to notice. For those that feel the Italia by itself just doesn’t demand enough attention, now have other options. The silver base color under the sparkles is a perfect match for the Ferrari red brake calipers and creates a brilliant contrast. All-in-all, this is a wonderful wrap that definitely demands to be noticed.
Last weekend in Pebble Beach, Ferrari unveiled a new Ferrari 458 Speciale drop top to a private audience. This new variant of the Ferrari 458 Italia combines the weight reduction and power benefits of the 600 horsepower Ferrari 458 Speciale with the coolness of a convertible. Currently the Italia is the only 458 sibling to offer a topless option. This vehicle is currently nameless and rumored to only have a production run of 458 examples. Ferrari expects to debut the topless Speciale to the word at the Paris Motor Show in October, hopefully by then it will have a name.
Car Magazine is reporting that Ferrari will unveil a twin-turbocharged variant of the Ferrari 458 Italia during the 2015 Geneva Motor Show. Named the Ferrari M458-T, this updated version of the Italia will be powered by a reworked version of the California T’s 3.9-liter twin-turbo V8 capable of producing 670 horsepower. This is a 100 horsepower increase over the standard Ferrari 458 Italia. The Ferrari M458-T also has significant design changes in place to accommodate the twin-turbochargers, new intercoolers and improved braking system. The M458-T also has a restyled front and rear bumper with LED lights and improved aerodynamics. A Harman-Kardon infotainment system that Ferrari also uses in the California-T will be found in the M458-T along with a reversing camera.
Most attempts at creating a Ferrari replica fail miserably and have zero chance of fooling anybody. This particular knock-off is the exception to the rule. This Prancing Horse look-alike is wearing several original parts to include Ferrari-branded orange calipers. The seller of this fake Ferrari has not disclosed what car was used in this build, only that the donor car was built in 2000 with 51,000 original miles. The 2.5-liter V6 has been modified to look like the Italia’s 4.5-liter V8. This fine example of fakery is currently listed on UK’s Auto Trader for $64,000. This may seem like a steep price to pay for a Fake Ferrari even if it is a good fake. Then again, it is only a fraction of the cost compared to a real example.
The Ferrari 458 Speciale is a serious upgrade over the base model variant Ferrari 458 Italia, the Speciale has more power, styling and attitude. With this limited edition package, Ferrari didn’t just throw in some shinny new extras, they made an amazing supercar. The Ferrari 458 Speciale is faster around Ferrari’s Fiorano test track than the previous fleet flagship vehicle, the Enzo and the Ferrari 599 GTO by at least 1.5 seconds. Considering that the Ferrari 458 Speciale sits around $288,000 it is a much more affordable choice than the Ferrari 599 GTO or the Enzo. There is more than a possibility that the Ferrari 458 Speciale will turn out to be the last naturally aspirated V-8 supercar to be released by Ferrari. If this turns out to be the case than the Ferrari 458 Speciale will carry with it a very unique distinction that will definitely increase its value. Check out this video provided by EVO magazine as they take the Ferrari 458 Speciale out onto the track.
Last year, Edo Competition tasked Ferrari’s Tailor Made personalization program to create a one-off Ferrari 458 Italia that honored Formula One racing legend Niki Lauda. For some reason, Edo Competition has decided to sell this very unique vehicle less than 5 miles on the odometer! The custom 458 Italia comes with subtle accents inspired by the Formula One cars that Lauda drove while racing for Ferrari between 1974 and 1977. The white roof features an Italian flag, while the supercar sits on gold alloys along with white accents on the front splitter, side skirts and rear spoiler. On the inside, this special addition displays an Italian flag motif on the center console along with red stitching and carbon fiber trim. All of the special features on this limited edition one-off are purely cosmetic; the Niki Lauda Edition Ferrari 458 Italia packs the same naturally aspirated V8 engine found on the standard model. Edo Competition wants $385,000 for their limited edition Ferrari 458 Italia that pays tribute to Formula One legend Niki Lauda.
The German tuning house DMC has released a stunning upgrade package for the Ferrari 458 Italia that brings owners in line with the latest Ferrari design language. The Monte Carlo package includes a new front bumper, carbon-fiber front lip and new bumper diffusers. DMC has also added a set of PUR 21-inch wheels in the front on 22-inch wheels in the rear. Both sets of wheels are made from a lightweight forged alloy. Front wheels have been encased inside 255/30 Pirelli Sport Tires while the rear set is fitted with 335/25s. DMC has created all parts for this kit to be fully modular so that they can be replaced at any time with OEMs.
For those out there that own a Ferrari 458 Italia and want the look of a Ferrari 458 Speciale without having to go out and spend several hundred thousands more on a Speciale can achieve the look of the upgraded supercar at a fraction of the price. German tuning house DMC has released the Monte Carlo Carbon Edition. This upgrade kit features carbon fiber body parts such as the front bumper winglets, side skirt blades and fender vents. The visual impact is exaggerated by blacked out headlights and racing stripes down the middle of the car.
The installation kit is non-intrusive since DMC’s aftermarket components are designed to fit onto factory mounting points. For a little extra cash, DMC will swap out the wheels on the 458 for the 21-inch front and 22-inch rear stance that is found on the Ferrari 458 Speciale.
One downside to this setup is that all the upgrades are cosmetic with nothing being done to boost the horsepower of the donor car. So while the real deal 458 Speciale puts down 605hp, the DMC Monte Carlo Carbon continues to deliver a still respectable 570hp.
Ever driven blindfolded at speeds over 180 mph? Extreme Motorsports is looking for anyone over the age of 21 with a valid driver’s license who believes they have what it takes to drive a supercar blindfolded. Last September, Mike Newman broke the world record for the fastest car driven blindfolded, reaching a top speed of 186.12 mph driving a Porsche 911 GT2. Extreme Motorsports is out to break that record, this time using a Ferrari 458 Challenge Race Car.
Those crazy enough to try will be trained by head coach Pery McCarthy who will be teaching a special military method for driving at night. This special event will take place at an airfield in York, England. Registration is open to anyone through the Extreme Motorsports Website.
The Ferrari Tribute Tour recently took place on the streets of Italy bringing out over a thousand examples of the prancing horse. This collection represented the newest members of the Ferrari family such as the LaFerrari along with a wonderful display of vintage supercars. The Ferrari experts over at Shmee were on hand to capture all the excitement, their video starts with a LaFerrari chase and ends at the top of a hill surrounded by Ferrari madness.
Saudi Arabian based tuning company ByDesign Motorsports is gaining a reputation for making subtle modifications designed to better improve the quality of supercars that are already close to perfection. Keeping in tradition with this philosophy, ByDesign Motorsport’s latest project, a stunning white Ferrari 458 Italia has undergone subtle changes versus the more extreme bodykits favored by other custom shops.
The 458 Italia has been dressed in white paint with a contrasting black roof and then fitted with a set of eye-catching high-gloss twin five-spoke wheels that perfectly accent the bright red brake calipers. The Italia also features black side skirts and a custom exhaust system featuring blue tips. The final touch placed on this Ferrari 458 Italia from ByDesign Motorsports was a stripe stretching the length of the car that features the colors of the Italian flag.
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.
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.