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MANSORY TAKES CUES FROM THE STYING OF THE FERRARI ENZO FOR THE FERRARI 458 SPIDER MONACO EDITION

Mansory, Ferrari 458 Spider, Ferrari 458 Italia, Monaco Edition

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.

HERTZ NOW OFFERING FERRARI RENTALS

Hertz Rentals, Ferrari, F430, Ferrari CaliforniaFor all those people that are sick and tired of mid-sized and econo junk being offered as rentals will now have the ability to ride away in style with the Hertz “Dream Car Program.” Hertz is now offering mere mortals the opportunity to taste the good life behind the wheel of some of the hottest supercars on the planet, such as the Ferrari California, the Ferrari F430 Spyder, along with non Ferrari models such as the Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG, the Lamborghini Gallardo.
Prices do vary depending on the vehicle, for as low as $395, you can take the keys to a Porsche Boxster or a Tesla Model S. For those wanting a little more, a $1,000 will get you behind the wheel of an Audi R8 or an Aston Martin Vantage. For those wanting to go all the way, $1,500 will put you in control of a Ferrari 430 or the California.
Hertz is definitely not the first rental car company to offer such a program; they are the largest company to do so. The “Dream Car Program” will be offered in 35 cities across America, including Las Vegas, Los Angeles and San Diego.

HOT WHEELS PRODUCES FERRARI 458 ITALIA CHINA EDITION

Hot Wheels, Ferrari, Ferrari 458 ItaliaStill 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 CONTINUES TO IMPROVE ON PERFECTION WITH THE 458 SPECIALE


Ferrari, 458 Italia, 458 Speciale
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).

FERRARI 599 GTB STUNTING AROUND $2 MILLION WORTH OF LUXURY CARS

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.

FERRARI 458 ELEGANTE BY DMC

458 Elegante, DMC, Ferrari

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.

CELEBRITY SIGHTING: GUCCI MANE AND HIS YELLOW 458 ITALIA

Gucci Mane, Ferrari, 458 Italia

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.

NEW PATENT REVEALED FOR FRONT END FERRARRI GT HYBRID

Ferrari 458 Italia, Hybrid, California, Ferrari FF

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.

THE PRICE IS RIGHT OFFERS A FERRARI 458 SPIDER AS PRIZE

Ferrari 458, Price is Right
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.

DWAYNE “THE ROCK” JOHNSON IS TO BIG TO FIT INTO A FERRARI

Dwayne Johnson, Ferrari, 458 Italia

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”

FERRARI 458 ITALIA CHINA EDITION

Ferrari, 458 Italia, China Edition
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.

GIANCARLO FISICHELLA TO COMPETE IN TUDOR UNITED SPORTSCAR CHAMPIONSHIP FOR FERRARI

Giancarlo Fisichella, Ferrari, 458 Italia, Tudor United SportsCar Series

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.

ROAD TEST: FERRARI 458 SPECIALE VS FERRARI 458 ITALIA AND THE 430 SCUDERIA


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 458 SPECIALE GETS DRIVEN HARD


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.

ERIC CLAPTON’S CUSTOM MADE FERRARI SP12 EC

Eric Clapton Custom FerrariMost 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.

WSOP RUNNER-UP VISITS EXOTICS RACING

Jay Farber, Ferrari, 458 Italia,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!

FERRARI PAYS TRIBUTE TO FORMULA ONE LEGEND WITH FERRARI 458 ITALIA NIKI LAUDA EDITION

Ferrari 458 Niki Lauda EditionA 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.

JAY FARBER SAYS HE WILL BUY A FERRARI WITH WSOP WINNINGS

Jay Farber WSOP second placeLas 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.

Ferrari 458 Italia racing wheel debuts for XBOX One

Ferrari 458 Italia XBox Steering WheelWith 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.

BAPE’S CRAZY CAMO FERRARI 458 ITALIA

Camo Ferrari 458 ItaliaJapanese 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.

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