2011 Geneva Motor Show: Mansory Siracusa based on Ferrari 458 Italia

Article by Christian Andrei, on March 3, 2011

After we saw the impressive SLS-based Cormeum, Mansory revealed the Siracusa, based on the Ferrari 458 Italia (named after the historic race track on Sicily). As you can see from the photos, the car comes with a completely new front end featuring a new front apron with big air inlets, with a new bonnet and new side sills.

The rear end is completed by a new rear trunk spoiler and a new rear apron with integrated air diffuser and a dual-pipe exhaust system which replaces the standard 3-pipe system.

Thanks to an optimized engine management, a sports air filter and a sports exhaust system the 4.5-liter V8 engine delivers 590 hp / 434 kW and 560 Nm. For those who don’t know, the standard Ferrari 458 Italia delivers 560 hp and 540 Nm of torque.

With the new numbers, the car can sprint from 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) and to a top speed of 330 km/h. Moreover, the car’s centre of gravity is lowered by 20 millimetres compared to the serial model.

The design is completed by the new 20-inch Mansory wheels wrapped in high performance Michelin PS2 tires. The design has also been customized thanks to the hew carbon fiber accessories and as expected, Mansory will customize it as the customer wants.

No matter how an observer looks at the Ferrari 458 Italia – whether at its design, aerodynamics, instrumentation, ergonomics, handling and engine – this supercar is entirely a new one. Just like all of the Italian carmaker’s other road-legal cars, this two-seater berlinetta inherits a number of attributes gained and honed through Ferrari’s experience at Formula 1.

This is especially demonstrated in the manner the Ferrari 458 Italia responds to inputs from the driver – fast and precise. This is also evident in the efforts in reducing internal friction in the engine to allow the Ferrari 458 Italia to consume less fuel than the Ferrari F430, even as the new powerplant has a higher overall displacement and increased level of power.

While technological transfer from the track to the road signifies the impact of Ferrari's track experience in the Ferrari 458 Italia, the Italian carmaker was also able to heighten the emotional aspect of driving by creating an almost symbiotic relationship between driver and vehicle.

Upon entering, the driver would immediately become immersed in its driving-conducive environment augmented by a new steering wheel and dashboard inspired by racing. Of course, Formula 1 legend Michael Schumacher has been able to provide precious input into the Ferrari 458 Italia ever since the project started. In terms of design, the Pininfarina design of the new Ferrari 458 Italia marks its departure from its past – with its compact and aerodynamic shape as well as its simplicity, low weight, and efficiency.

Just like any Ferrari vehicle, the new Ferrari 458 Italia features styling that is heavily inspired by the requirements for aerodynamic efficiency, one example of which is the amount of downforce the new model generates at 140 kg at 200km/h. Among these styling elements is a single opening for the front grille and side air intakes. Also included are a number of aerodynamic sections and profiles that guide air to the coolant radiators and its flat underbody.

Moreover, the car’s nose features small aeroelastic winglets that generate downforce. Interestingly, these winglets deform as the car picks up speed to reduce the section of the radiator inlets, thereby trimming drag.

The arrival of the Ferrari 458 Italia means that Ferrari now offers two models with common, motorsport-derived genes. Both models – the Ferrari 458 Italia and the Ferrari California are superbly sporty and fun to drive, although each is targeted towards different kinds of customers.

Ferrari built the Ferrari California to appeal to customers wanting a more versatile sports car endowed with a gift of practicality. On the other hand, the Italian sports carmaker designed the Ferrari 458 Italia for clients wanting a car that offers uncompromising on-road performance, daily practicality, and occasional track day capability.

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