THE Ferrari 430 Scuderia
Michael Schumacher spent a lot of time testing the Ferrari 430 Scuderia when it was being developed, applying the method that made him unique on the racetrack for so many years.
The 430 Scuderia is a lighter and more powerful wesion of the original Ferrari F430 with an incredible weight/power ratio; powerful quick-response braking guaranteed by callipers and carbo-ceramic discs; and a manettino mounted on the steering wheel that allows the driver to adjust the car set-up according to the driver’s requirements.
Serving as the successor to the Challenge Stradale, the 430 Scuderia was aimed to compete with cars like the Porsche RS-models and the Lamborghini Gallardo Superleggera. The Scuderia is 220 lbs lighter and more powerful (510 horsepower) than the standard F430. Increased power comes from a revised intake, exhaust, and an ion-sensing knock-detection system that allows for a higher compression ratio. Thus the weight-to-power ratio is reduced from 6.5 lbs/hp to 5.5 lbs/hp.
In addition to the weight saving measures, the Scuderia semi-automatic transmission reduced shift-times down to 60 milliseconds compared to 150 milliseconds in the original F430. A new traction control system combined the F1-Trac traction and stability control with the E-Diff electronic differential. The Ferrari 430 Scuderia accelerates from 0-60 mph in 3.6 seconds, and has a top speed of 198 miles per hour.