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STEVE SUTCLIFFE TEST DRIVES FERRARI 458 SPECIALE

Steve Sutcliffe from Autocar Magazine recently traveled to Maranello, Italy, home to the Ferrari factory and the Fiorano circuit for a chance to test out the all new Ferrari 458 Speciale. The Ferrari 458 Speciale is the latest variant of the 458 that produces 597 horsepower with 9,000 rpm and weights 50lbs less than the standard car. The Ferrari 458 Speciale also has a new manettino setting that allows the driver to go sideways with the ESP still engaged. The 458 Speciale is a truly great example of the Ferrari brand.

NEW FERRARI MODELS FOR 2014

With most of the 2014 Ferrari lineup remaining unchanged (the Ferrari California, Ferrari FF, Ferrari F12 Berlinetta, and the Ferrari 458 Italia and 458 Spider, Ferrari has focused much of their efforts on the LaFerrari and the 458 Speciale as new models for 2014.

2014 LaFerrariLaFerrari: The first and rumored not to be the last hybrid to come from Maranello produces 950 horsepower, 789 horsepower are from the 6.3-liter V-12 and the rest are from two electric motors. The LaFerrari also produces an astonishing 516 lb-ft of torque and a top end of 217 mph. Additional examples of awesomeness included in the LaFerrari are a lighter crankshaft, variable-length intake runners, an equal-length six into-one headers hydroformed from Inconel and a seven-speed automated-manual transaxle. With the LaFerrari weighing only 2,800 pounds, that’s a half ton lighter than the well respected F12 Berlinetta, the newest prancing horse is able to hit 0-60 in less than 3 seconds! Improvements to the stability-control system and active aerodynamic elements allow the LaFerrari to handle with 20 percent greater acceleration than the Enzo. The LaFerrari hybrid system consists of two electric motors developed in conjunction with the Fiat Group subsidiary responsible for developing high-technology components: Magneti Marelli. The first motor powers the wheels, while the second powers the accessories. A 120 cell battery pack arranged in eight 15 cell modules is assembled in-house by the Ferrari racing team. The battery pack is charged any time the carbon-ceramic brake discs are applied. No pricing has been announced yet, it’s safe to guess in the upwards of $2 million. For those that are interested in owning one of these will have to act fast, Ferrari is only producing 499 LaFerraris.

 

 

2014 Ferrari 458 Speciale458 Speciale:  The Ferari 458 Speciale is a naturally aspirated 4.5 liter V-8 has 597 horsepower and 398 lb-ft of torque, making the Ferrari 458 Speciale the highest-output naturally aspirated Ferrari V-8 of all time. The Ferrari 458 Speciale has a 133 horsepower per liter making the 458 Speciale the highest horsepower per liter ratio ever achieved by a naturally aspirated engine manufactured by Ferrari. The Ferrari 458 Speciale has a power-to-weight-ratio of 4.77 pounds per horsepower allowing the Ferrari 458 Speciale to hit 0-60 in 3 seconds flat with a top speed of 202 mph.

Ferrari has updated the algorithm used for the Side Slip Angle Control System (SSC); this allows the 458 Speciale to achieve better car control when being pushed to its limits. By performing real-time analysis of the car’s lateral slip, the Ferrari’s computer system is able to adjust the amount of power being released to assist the driver with completing turns through improved integration within the car’s traction control system and the electronic differential. To maximize results from this setup, the manufacturer worked directly with Michelin to create a special set of tires designed to improve lap times.  When the Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 tires were brought out to the Fiorano circuit, the Ferrari 458 Speciale produced lap times of 1.23.5; to help understand what an improvement this is, keep in mind that the LaFerrari tops the speed charts at Fiorano with a 1.20.0 lap time. These improvements to the SSC will allow average drivers to corner and produce lap times previously only achieved by experienced drivers.

No word yet on what the price tag for the Ferrari 458 Speciale will be the rumored price is approximately $330,000.

FERRARI 458 SPECIALE MAKES DEBUT IN U.S.

Ferrari 458 Speciale US DebutThe Ferrari 458 Speciale made its United States debut last month at an event organized by Ferrari North America to officially introduce the Ferrari 458 Speciale to the North American audience. The event was held at the Austin Studios in the capital of Texas with Marco Mattiacci, President of Ferrari North America and Stefano Domenicali, the Scuderia Ferrari Team Principal on hand to display the latest special series release Maranello to the public. The audience was presented with an official video of the car that was followed by two Speciale supercars being driven into Austin Studios by Scuderia’s official test drivers Marc Gene and Pedro de la Rosa.

The Ferrari 458 Speciale made its world debut earlier this September at the Frankfurt Motor Show. This naturally aspirated 4.5 liter V-8 has 597 horsepower and 398 lb-ft of torque, making the Ferrari 458 Speciale the highest-output naturally aspirated Ferrari V-8 of all time. The Ferrari 458 Speciale has a 133 horsepower per liter making the 458 Speciale the highest horsepower per liter ratio ever achieved by a naturally aspirated engine manufactured by Ferrari. As a direct result of the Speciale’s weight reduction to 2,844 pounds-down from 3,042 pounds in the standard Italia, the Speciale now has a power-to-weight-ratio of 4.77 pounds per horsepower! The Ferrari 458 Speciale shoots from 0-60 in 3 seconds flat.

For the 458 Speciale, Ferrari has updated the algorithm used for the Side Slip Angle Control System (SSC); this allows the 458 Speciale to achieve better car control when being pushed to its limits. By performing real-time analysis of the car’s lateral slip, the Ferrari’s computer system is able to adjust the amount of power being released to assist the driver with completing turns through improved integration within the car’s traction control system and the electronic differential. To maximize results from this setup, the manufacturer worked directly with Michelin to create a special set of tires designed to improve lap times.  When the Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 tires were brought out to the Fiorano circuit, the Ferrari 458 Speciale produced lap times of 1.23.5; to help understand what an improvement this is, keep in mind that the LaFerrari tops the speed charts at Fiorano with a 1.20.0 lap time. These improvements to the SSC will allow average drivers to corner and produce lap times previously only achieved by experienced drivers.

The aerodynamics has been improved with assistance from Pinifarina, most notably in the larger heat extractor on the hood and by implementing a more chiseled lower fascia and grill. The Ferrari 458 Speciale has a dual exhaust system instead of the triple exhaust system found on the Italia and Spider variants; the dual exhaust is accompanied by a more aggressive diffuser located just below the exhaust. These improvements to aerodynamics allow the Ferrari 458 Speciale to increase downforce while reducing drag.

Matiacci did not get into discussing price when addressing the audience in Austin; he did say “We are very happy to be able to present this amazing car right here in Austin while the city is hosting the United States Formula 1 Grand Prix”. “The 458 Speciale expresses the synthesis of Ferrari’s sporting spirit and technology and there could no better way to launch it than alongside a race which is part of the highest level of motor sport and technology”.

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