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.
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.
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.
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” »