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Ferrari 458 Speciale to debut at Frankfurt
Extreme technology for an uncompromising new V8
Maranello, 20th August 2013 – The 458 Speciale is the latest product of Ferrari’s core philosophy of extreme technological innovation and research which, in this instance, has yielded powertrain, aerodynamics and vehicle dynamics advances that transform the already exceptional 458 Italia into a car genuinely worthy of the “Speciale” moniker. The result is a completely new, uncompromising, streamlined sports car concept.

Many of the sophisticated solutions being applied for the very first time to an in-range car in the 458 Speciale, including its advanced active aerodynamics, will become a standard feature of all new Ferraris in the future.

Flanked in the Maranello marque’s range by the multi-award-winning 458 Italia and 458 Spider, the new mid-rear-engined V8 berlinetta was designed to boost both performance and driving emotion to unprecedented levels, yet simultaneously guarantee smooth, effortless control in all kinds of situations.

Having lavished meticulous attention on the power unit that was named “Best Performance Engine” at the International Engine of the Year Awards for two consecutive years, Ferrari has now built its most powerful naturally aspirated V8 ever (605 cv) with an extraordinary specific power output of 135 cv/l , the highest ever achieved by a road-going naturally aspirated engine.

Thanks to an equally exceptional weight/power ratio of just 2.13 kg/cv, the 458 Speciale can sprint from 0 to 100 km/h in a mere 3.0” (0-200 km/h in 9.1”) and also clocked a lap time of just 1’23”5 at the Fiorano Circuit.

Aerodynamic requirements guided the work of the Ferrari Styling Centre, 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 algorithmSSC performs instant-to-instant analysis of the car’s side slip, comparing it with the target value and then optimising 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 tyres which were specifically honed for it in an intensive collaboration programme 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.

The abovementioned technical content has improved the 458 Speciale’s single lap time and also delivers repeatability of that performance on subsequent laps that is absolutely unprecedented for a car not designed exclusively for track use. The result is that the 458 Speciale has the fastest response time (0.060 s) and highest lateral acceleration (1.33 g) ever achieved by a car in the Prancing Horse range.

The 458 Speciale will receive its public world debut at the Frankfurt International Motor Show in September.

TECHNICAL SPECIFICATION SUMMARY
Engine
Type V8 – 90°
Total displacement 4495 cm3
Max. power output 605 cv at 9000 rpm
Max. torque 540 Nm at 6000 rpm

Weight
Dry weight 1290 kg
Weight/power ratio 2.13 kg/cv

Performance 0-100 km/h 3.0”
0 – 200 km/h 9.1”
Fiorano lap time 1’23”5

Emissions (ECE + EUDC combined cycle)
CO2 emissions** 275 gr/km

**With HELE System
 

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Nice car,pleased to see the competition has made them pull their socks up !! Be interesting to see what the active aero is all about .
 

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Just a few comments....

The stripe looks a bit nasty...

"""...is the Side Slip angle Control system (SSC) which makes it easier to achieve car control on the limit, thereby greatly improving driving emotions..."""

I wish manufacturers would realized how silly the above sounds and stop that nonsensical guff...

And what's up with the naming convention at Fiorano these days. The Laferrari, the 458 ""speciale"".. what next.. the f12 "extraordinaire"?
 

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have to say I like... probably a bit more pointy than the standard car, which should be a lot of fun... active aero agree at this level is great news... cup tyres... should be a very quick car.. suspect ultimate pace will still rest with the 12c though... keeps things interesting though... can't ask for more than that...
 

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Speciale enough?

-95 kg

+35 ps

-New generation M Cup tires


Purchase new gen Michélin Cup 2 tires and fit to the standard 458 Italia and you probably would be saving 0.5s of a second a lap. And ABOVE ALL save some finance! Lovely vehicle though!

Over to you McLaren. . . . :)
 

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-95 kg

+35 ps

-New generation M Cup tires


Purchase new gen Michélin Cup 2 tires and fit to the standard 458 Italia and you probably would be saving 0.5s of a second a lap. And ABOVE ALL save some finance! Lovely vehicle though!

Over to you McLaren. . . . :)
Probably would cost around 15-20k to add Cup 2 tires, a full exhaust and tune to a normal 458.
 

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-95kgs
+35hp
Active aero
1.33 lateral g
Carbon body panels
All this for an extra 20 grand?

Question is, what could McLaren deliver for an extra 20? Turbo charging makes the added horses pretty easy, but the rest? Tricky.

I'd say fair play to Ferrari. Extracting that 35hp from their already impressive NA has got to be worth it alone.

Numbers, numbers :rolleyes:
 

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-95kgs
+35hp
Active aero
1.33 lateral g
Carbon body panels
All this for an extra 20 grand?

Question is, what could McLaren deliver for an extra 20? Turbo charging makes the added horses pretty easy, but the rest? Tricky.

I'd say fair play to Ferrari. Extracting that 35hp from their already impressive NA has got to be worth it alone.

Numbers, numbers :rolleyes:
Still don't know what the price will be, and what will be included. Is the carbon intake manifold and engine cover panels / carbon airbox a standard feature? What do the interior door panels look like? Where is the fire extinguishier? Wonder how much trunk space is reduced with that hood?

Front bumper and hood will be a nightmare for clear bra installers.

Active aero means nothing unless owner's are going to be taking these to the track? Most will probably sit covered in garages and only lightly driven.

Wonder what Chris Harris will say, since they seem to have fixed the tail happiness of the car? Let's see if he can get it to drift?
 

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€1400

Probably would cost around 15-20k to add Cup 2 tires, a full exhaust and tune to a normal 458.

Michélin Cup Gen 2

235/20 front x2

295/20 rear x2

Price about €1400 for the "normal" 458 Italia. (4 tires)


But these are not bespoke for the Ferrari 458 Italia Speciale.

Price for the Speciale is about £30000 over the list price ie £178,526 for the standard 458 Italia.
 

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I see nothing to write home about. The 458 Coupe was already a good looking car. This looks overcooked. Power bump is nice, and so is the weight loss, but the weight loss also comes at the expense of gutting the comfort of the car and probably a radio delete.

A nice custom interior in a Coupe trumps this barebones one as well.

Active spoilers are old news and the side slip thing is whatev.

Just give me a 458 Coupe, a tune or exhaust, and the new tires. Well actually, don't give me the new tires because I want tires that I can drive in any conditions. Just give me a 458 Coupe and a tune.



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Just for some numbers, the speciale has a lower power to weight ratio than the stock MP4-12C, lol.
I noticed that, too. Puts McLaren's accomplishments with the 12C in a whole new light. In fact, the claimed numbers for the speciale seem ever so contrived to line up with the stock 12C numbers. Pretty telling that they threw everything at it and still couldn't match power to weight of the standard luxury 12C.

IMO, they're missing the one thing that could actually make the car 'speciale', which is a carbon tub. Nice wheels and tires, tho.
 

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Forget about the 30hp, the Cup 2 tires are what will really makes a difference. Wish McLaren would allow those tires on the 12C.
To give some perspective McDc, what difference do you think it would make to your 12c to have cup over p zero round the ring?
Guessing you have cup on your csl?
 
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