Novitec Rosso does the Ferrari 458 Italia

Article by Andrew Christian, on February 24, 2011

Novitec Rosso has released details about its tuning program for the Ferrari 458 Italia ahead of its launch at the Geneva Motor Show. Novitec Rosso made some basic modifications to the engine and added a new carbon-fiber airbox, a high-performance exhaust system made from nickel-chromium-based superalloy Inconel (which weighs 21 kg (46 lbs) less).

The tuner also installed sport exhaust manifolds, sport catalysts and a rear muffler with a sound control flap that can be activated by a button on the steering wheel. It also added a remapped engine management system for optimized ignition and injection, resulting in an additional 39 PS (28.7 kW / 39 bhp) from the 4.5-liter V8 for a total of 609 PS (448 kW / 600 bhp) at 9,100 rpm.

The peak torque has increased from 540 Nm (398 lb-ft) to 569 Nm (420 lb-ft) at 5,400 rpm. Novitec Rosso fine-tuned the body components using the wind tunnel at the University of Stuttgart, resulting to a top speed in excess of 330 km/h (205 mph).

The aerodynamic-enhanced kit is made of carbonfiber and consists of a lower spoiler, right/left wing flaps and ventilation louvers attached to the original bumper fascia. In addition, the fenders, side skirts, carbon-fiber mirror housings, rear spoiler, diffuser, and even the roof panel and engine hood are made of carbonfiber.

458 Italia is offered with custom-tailored versions of the three-piece Novitec Rosso NF3 wheels. Novitec Rosso chose a staggered combination of size 9Jx21 wheels in front and size 12Jx22 on the rear. Furthermore, custom-manufactured Pirelli PZero tires are mounted in size 255/30 ZR 21 and 335/25 ZR 22 front to rear, respectively.

The ride height of the Ferrari is lowered by 35 millimeters courtesy of Novitec Rosso sport springs. Meanwhile, the hydraulic front lift system can raise the front lip of the car by 40 millimeters to aid the car in getting pass speed bumps or parking garage ramps.

From every angle, the Ferrari 458 Italia is a totally new car in terms of design, handling, aerodynamics, engine as well as instrumentation and ergonomics, among others. The Ferrari 458 Italia, a 2-seater berlinetta, continues the tradition for all of the brand’s road-going cars, which has been influenced by Ferrari’s Formula 1 experience.

This is apparent in the way the car delivers both exceptional speed and precision in response to driver inputs and in the way it pays attention to reducing internal friction in the engine to lessen fuel expenditure as compared to the F430, even if power and overall displacement have increased.

Ferrari’s racing experience is not only felt when it comes to pure technological transfer but on a more emotional level as well, due to the importance given to creating a nearly symbiotic relationship between car and driver.

Ferrari 458 Italia features a ground-breaking driving environment, which includes a brand-new steering wheel and dashboard as an end result of the racing performance. This is another input from Michael Schumacher, who played a major role in his involvement in the Ferrari 458 Italia project from the beginning. The Pininfarina design of the Ferrari 458 gives more proof that it has departed from the past.

The latest Ferrari 458 Italia is compact and has an aerodynamic shape that puts emphasis on its lightness, simplicity and efficiency that served as inspiration to the project. Just like all the Ferraris, the styling of the car has been greatly influenced by the need for aerodynamic efficiency with its 140 kg at 200 km/h downforce produced by the most recent version. T

he front has a single opening intended for the front grille plus side air intakes including aerodynamic sections and profiles meant to transport air to the flat underbody and coolant radiators. The nose comes with small aeroelastic winglets that produce downforce and as the speed increases, it distorts to cut drag and reduce the section of radiator inlets.

When it comes to the new aluminum chassis, Maranello's engineers included a variety of advanced alloys alongside aerospace industry-drawn bonding and manufacturing techniques. In terms of vehicle dynamics, the 458’s suspension includes two front wishbones plus a multi-link rear set-up adjusted for superb handling and maximum roadholding.

The Ferrari 458 Italia, together with a more direct steering ratio, provides extremely rapid turn-in and body control while maintaining great ride comfort. Combining the E-Diff and F1-Trac (under the same ECU) as well as their corresponding mappings, leads to a 32% rise in longitudinal acceleration out of corners in comparison to earlier models.

The evolution of the control logic, with a faster and more precise computation of grip levels, guarantees better roadholding and improved handling plus easy control on the limit.

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