Ferrari has unveiled the new 458 Speciale, which is going to have its world debut next month in Frankfurt.
Ferrari has unveiled the new 458 Speciale, which is going to have its world debut next month in Frankfurt. The 458 Speciale is a higher performance version of the 458 Italia with its 605 horsepower engine and other significant upgrades.
The 453 Speciale is powered by the most powerful naturally aspirated V8 that Ferrari has ever produced with 605 horsepower and 540 lb-ft. of torque. It also reaches 0-62 mph in three seconds and 0-124 mph in 9.1 seconds.
Aerodynamic requirements guided the work of the Ferrari Styling Center, which led the project in cooperation with Pininfarina, to sculpt the car’s forms to ensure they were more performance-oriented than ever. The most notable features in this sense are the front and rear movable aerodynamics which balance downforce and cut drag, thus helping make the 458 Speciale the most aerodynamically efficient range production car in Ferrari history (E Index of 1.5)
The technology used in the vehicle dynamics subsystems which gives the driver instant confidence and control at high speeds, natural power oversteer management and precise response to commands are further advances in an area in which Ferrari is already a well-established leader.
One of the most innovative content of the 458 Speciale is the Side Slip angle Control system (SSC) which makes it easier to achieve car control on the limit, thereby greatly improving driving emotions. Thanks to the development of an accurate new algorithm SSC performs instant-to-instant analysis of the car’s side slip, comparing it with the target value and then optimizing both torque management (via integration with F1-Trac traction control) and torque distribution between the two wheels (via integration with the E-Diff electronic differential).
Part and parcel of the car’s development included Michelin Pilot Sport Cup2 tires which were specifically honed for it in an intensive collaboration program involving, amongst other factors, numerous track test and simulator sessions. Conceived for the 458 Speciale, they boost performance over a single lap in the dry as well as improving performance consistency in subsequent laps. They also allow the car to avail of maximum available grip in the wet.