Ferrari unveils 488 Spider before launch at 2015 Frankfurt Motor Show

Article by Christian Andrei, on July 28, 2015

Ferrari is launching the 488 Spider this September at the Frankfurt International Motor Show. While we have to wait for its world premier, this car can be viewed at www.ferrari.com with the new Blu Corsa livery. This model is the most powerful mid-rear-engined V8 car. It comes with the patented retractable hard top together with the most advanced technological features and innovative design. Ferrari was the first auto producer to launch the RHT (Retractable Hard Top) on a car that has this specific architecture.

Due to this move, the car is lighter by 25kg and the comfort from inside its cockpit is improved compared to the classic fabric soft-top. Similar to other spider variants, this car is targeted at consumers who want to drive in open air in a high-performance sports car that has the distinctive Ferrari engine sound. The company designed each area of the car to establish new technological benchmarks for the sector.

For instance, this car features aluminium spaceframe chassis and bodyshell for the new turbo-charged V8. It also utilizes aerodynamics that brings together the need for more downforce with decreased drag in conjunction with the specific cabin air flow demands of an open-top car. It has vehicle dynamics that make it highly responsive, quick, and agile.

To ensure the best comfort when the top is dropped, the electric glass rear wind stop can be adjusted to one of three positions. By totally lowering the wind stop, the occupants can enjoy the engine soundtrack even if the roof is raised regardless of what the weather or driving conditions are.

The 488 Spider is designed around the concept of the retractable hard top and it has a spaceframe chassis built with 11 different aluminium alloys combined with other noble metals like magnesium. Each is utilized in a very particular way. This leads to the same torsional rigidity and beam stiffness figures of the coupé, hastening the chassis’ performance by 23% compared to that of its predecessor.

This results to an amazing outcome, provided that the roof is structural. However, it is only made possible with the talents of the Scaglietti centre of excellence that engineers Ferrari’s aluminium chassis and bodies. The RHT can fold backwards in two overlapping sections to rest flush on the engine – a solution that makes it highly compact.

It takes only 14 seconds for the top to fully retract or deploy in a remarkably smooth movement. The Ferrari Styling Centre undertook a total reworking of the aesthetics compared to the 488 GTB. Examples are the use of aluminium in the flying buttresses which that optimally channel air flows to the engine cover, the ribbing on the engine cover and the air intakes with sculpted mesh grilles which provide a sense of dynamism to that specific part of the car.

Powertrain

Ferrari 488 Spider is powered by a 3902 cc turbo-charged V8 engine, which made its debut on the 488 GTB several months ago.

It offers outstanding performance levels with a maximum power output of 670 CV and a maximum torque of 760 Nm at 3000 rpm.

With this much power, the 488 Spider is capable of going from zero to 100 km/h in exactly 3 seconds. It also only takes 8.7 seconds to accelerate from zero to 200 km/h. In addition, it has an extremely efficient engine as it has lower CO2 emissions but offers 100 CV more power than the previous naturally-aspirated V8.

The turbo V8 is quite unique as it provides rising levels of power across the rev range. It can totally eliminate the traditional turbo lag with a throttle response time of only 0.8 seconds.

It is the result of not just the turbos. Another primary factor is its use of an advanced production process that has become a possibility because of Maranello’s cutting-edge facilities that are shared with the Scuderia to facilitate the transfer of racing technologies to the road cars.

As it is a Ferrari, this model has its own distinctive soundtrack built with the use of items like exhaust headers with longer, equal-length piping and a flat-plane crankshaft. In addition, it has become better with a comprehensive study of harmonics and tonality at various engine speeds.

It has a seductive sound but it is never invasive when the top is lowered. Both volume and clarity are increased as the engine immediately responds to the accelerator pedal and revs rise, strengthening the sensation of an immense performance. It is also the most aerodynamically efficient Ferrari spider ever made due to a series of complex aero solutions intended to ensure optimal downforce while lessening drag, two objectives that are typically mutually-exclusive.

Maranello’s engineers were able to attain these two goals at the same time by presenting several innovative devices, which include a blown spoiler and an aerodynamic underbody that use vortex generators. Furthermore, the air flow studies consider factors that are related to in-car comfort.

Press Release

THE FERRARI 488 SPIDER: PERFORMANCE AND EFFORTLESS DRIVING FOR MAXIMUM DROP-TOP FUN

Ferrari announces the launch of the 488 Spider, its most powerful ever mid-rear-engined V8 car to feature the patented retractable hard top along with the highest level of technological innovation and with cutting-edge design.

Ferrari was the first manufacturer to introduce the RHT (Retractable Hard Top) on a car of this particular architecture. This solution ensures lower weight (-25 kg) and better cockpit comfort compared to the classic fabric soft-top. Just like all previous spider versions of Ferrari’s models, this is a car that is aimed squarely at clients seeking open-air motoring pleasure in a high-performance sports car with an unmistakable Ferrari engine sound.

Every area of the car has been designed to set new technological benchmarks for the sector: from the aluminium spaceframe chassis and bodyshell to the new turbo-charged V8, aerodynamics that reconcile the need for greater downforce with reduced drag along with the specific cabin air flow demands of an open-top car, and vehicle dynamics that render it fast, agile and instantly responsive.

The world premiere of the 488 Spider will be at the Frankfurt International Motor Show in September but can be seen from today finished in the new Blu Corsa livery at www.ferrari.com.

The heart of the 488 Spider

Beneath the engine cover throbs the 3902 cc turbo-charged V8 that debuted just a few months ago on the 488 GTB. Its performance levels are nothing short of extraordinary: a maximum power output of 670 CV combined with maximum torque of 760 Nm at 3000 rpm send the 488 Spider sprinting from 0 to 100 km/h in 3 seconds flat and from 0 to 200 km/h in 8.7 seconds. This is also an exceptionally efficient engine as it is not only 100 CV more powerful than the previous naturally-aspirated V8 but also has lower CO2 emissions.

The turbo V8 has a unique character, delivering increasing levels of power right across the rev range, and completely eliminating the traditional turbo lag with a throttle response time of just 0.8 seconds. This is thanks not merely to components such as the turbos, but also to a sophisticated production process only made possible by Maranello’s leading-edge facilities which are shared with the Scuderia to foster the transfer of racing technologies to the road cars.

In line with Ferrari tradition, this model has its own absolutely distinctive soundtrack created using solutions such as exhaust headers with longer, equal-length piping and a flat-plane crankshaft. It was also further enhanced by an in-depth study of harmonics and tonality at different engine speeds. The sound is seductive but never invasive when the top is dropped, with both volume and clarity increasing as the engine instantly responds to the accelerator pedal and revs rise, reinforcing the sensation of massive performance.

Sculpted by the wind

This is also the most aerodynamically efficient Ferrari spider ever built, thanks to a series of complex aero solutions designed to guarantee optimal downforce whilst reducing drag, two normally mutually-exclusive objectives. Maranello’s engineers managed to achieve both goals simultaneously by introducing several innovative devices, including a blown spoiler and an aerodynamic underbody incorporating vortex generators.

The air flow studies also took into account factors relating to in-car comfort. The electric glass rear wind stop can be adjusted to one of three positions to guarantee maximum comfort when the top is lowered. Fully lowering the wind stop allows the occupants to enjoy the engine soundtrack even with the roof raised regardless of the weather or driving conditions.

Form and function sculpted in aluminium

Designed around the concept of the retractable hard top, the 488 Spider has a spaceframe chassis made of 11 different aluminium alloys combined with other noble metals, such as magnesium, each one used in a highly specific way. This yields the same torsional rigidity and beam stiffness figures as the coupé, improving the chassis’ performance by 23% over that of its predecessor. An extraordinary result, given that the roof is structural, that is only possible thanks to the expertise of the Scaglietti centre of excellence that engineers Ferrari’s aluminium chassis and bodies.

The RHT folds backwards in two overlapping sections to rest flush on the engine in a very compact solution. The mechanism is exceptionally smooth and takes just 14 seconds for the top to fully retract or deploy.

Working with aluminium is important not only in functional terms but also because, by tradition, it demands every detail be treated sculpturally to express the technical excellence of the project through its beauty. Cases in point are the flying buttresses which optimally channel air flows to the engine cover, the ribbing on the engine cover and the air intakes with sculpted mesh grilles which lend that area of the car a sense of incredible dynamism. To achieve this result the Ferrari Styling Centre completely reworked the aesthetics compared to the 488 GTB.

Speed and control across the board

The introduction of a sophisticated simulator, similar to the one used by the Formula 1 Scuderia, allowed the human factor to influence the car’s design from the earliest stages by giving the engineers instant feedback from the test-drivers long before the first 488 prototype was physically built.

To make its dynamic behaviour even more engaging, the development team honed the car’s mechanical set-up in tandem with its electronic systems which are now fully integrated with the SSC2 Side Slip Angle Control System, resulting in 12% faster acceleration out of corners than the 458 Spider.

Over all, response times are 9% more rapid than the previous Spider without any compromise whatsoever being made in comfort.The car’s design was adapted to efficiently meet the typical the demands of open-top driving and use. In fact, the Spider’s dynamic behaviour is effortless on even the most challenging routes. It is remarkably easy to drive on the limit thanks to flawless handling even on the most demanding of roads.

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