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.