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” »
Gaming mega company Electronic Arts (EA) has announced the roll out of a long awaited update to the very popular Real Racing 3 app. For the first time gamers will be able to pilot the Ferrari FF, the Ferrari 458 Italia and the V12-powered Ferrari F12 Berlinetta. Additonal features on the app include a recreation of the famous Circuit de Catalunya in Spain, time trial challenges that allow gamers to compete against each other, the ability to hire crew members to earn more racing cash, improved collision avoidance and faster times through the corners and the ability to tweak personal settings to improve the racing experience.
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” »
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” »