As you may know already, earlier today we announced that the Ferrari 458 Spider will be revealed at the 2011 Frankfurt Motor Show, but it appears that the Italian sports car manufacturer is planning another version of its best-selling model. According to the latest reports, a Ferrari 458 Scuderia is on its way and will hit the dealerships in 2013.
As expected, the 458 Scuderia will be lighter than the standard 458 Italia thanks to the carbon fiber, which will be used when building this model (just like the F430 Scuderia).
In the same year, 2013, Ferrari will also introduce a facelifted version of the California according to Autonews, but not details are available at the moment regarding the refreshed model. But, in 2012, Ferrari is expected to introduce the 599 GTB Fiorano successor.
The new sports car will remain a two-seat coupe with rear drive and a direct-injection V-12 longitudinal engine mounted in the front. Regarding a new Ferrari 612 Scaglietti, don’t expect to see a new model replacing it as this model was replaced by the first all-wheel-drive Ferrari FF, unveiled back in March at the 2011 Geneva Motor Show.
The FF is powered by a 6.3-liter V12 engine delivering 660 hp, the same engine expected to be seen on the 599 GTB Fiorano successor. Furthermore, a new model from Ferrari will replace the Enzo limited edition supercar, and according to the latest reports this vehicle will arrive in 2012 and will be powered by a normally aspirated V12 delivering over 800 hp.
The Ferrari 458 Italia is proving itself to be different from its predecessors. Considered as a very advanced evolution of Ferrari’s previous mid-rear engine sports cars, the Ferrari 458 Italia is a fusion of style, creativeness, passion and technology – attributes for which the Italian nation is known for. This is basically why the term “Italia” is attached to its name, along with the figure that reflects the displacement of its engine and the number of cylinders.
When considered in terms of design, engine, handling and aerodynamics, as well as instrumentation and ergonomics, the two-seater Ferrari 458 Italia is actually a new car compared to its predecessors. Of course, the new Ferrari 458 Italia takes advantage of Ferrari's vast Formula 1 experience, evident in the speedy and precise response of the sports car to driver inputs as well as in the amount of work in reducing internal friction in the engine.
This allowed the larger and more powerful engine of the Ferrari 458 Italia to consume less fuel than the Ferrari F430. Ferrari’s racing experience is also evident in the strong emphasis on creating an almost symbiotic relationship between driver and the Ferrari 458 Italia.
For instance, the Ferrari 458 Italia offers a novel driving environment thanks to a new kind of steering wheel and race-inspired dashboard. These symbiotic elements were made possible thanks to input from Michael Schumacher, who was involved in the Ferrari 458 Italia project right from the start. From the first look, one can quickly tell that the new Ferrari 458 Italia features a design that allows it to completely deviate from its past.
As designed, the new Ferrari 458 Italia features a compact, aerodynamic shape, thereby highlighting the inspiring concepts of simplicity, efficiency and lightness. However, like any Ferrari sports car, the style of the new Ferrari 458 Italia is strongly influenced by the need for aerodynamic efficiency. In fact, the design of the Ferrari 458 Italia results to a generated downforce of 140 kg at 200km/h.
Up front, the Ferrari 458 Italia is provided with a single opening for the front grille and side air intakes. Moreover, the car features aerodynamic sections and profiles that guide air to the coolant radiators and the new flat underbody. In addition, the new Ferrari 458 Italia features a nose with small aero-elastic winglets that could generate downforce. These winglets deform as the car speeds up, thereby reducing the section of the radiator inlets and lowering drag.
For a superior ride comfort, quick turn-in and remarkable body control, as well as optimal road-holding capability, the Ferrari 458 Italia features a twin wishbone suspension at the front and a multi-link set-up at the rear. Thanks to the greater integration of the E-Diff and F1-Trac and their respective mappings, the Ferrari 458 Italia experiences a 32 percent surge in longitudinal acceleration when exiting corners.
It also features an evolved control logic that features faster and more accurate calculation of levels of grip for easy control, better handling and optimal road-holding. The same ECU that controls the E-Diff and F1-Trac now also governs the car’s ABS, resulting to better efficiency and more precise control over the logic threshold.
Interestingly, the brakes of the new Ferrari 458 Italia come with a prefill function in which caliper pistons move the pads into contact with the discs on lift off in order to reduce delay in the brakes being applied. This configuration – along with the ABS -- has trimmed the 100-0 km/h braking distance to a just 32.5 meters.