Breaking: Ferrari working on the 458 Speciale Spider

Article by Christian A., on June 22, 2014

It appears that Ferrari is preparing a big surprise for its fans, as the Italian carmaker will roll out the 458 Speciale Spider! That’s right folks, the open-top version of the Ferrari 458 Speciale is coming. Inside sources from Maranello confirmed the 458 Speciale Spider to 4WheelsNews, but no other details were offered.

In addition, we contacted our second source, who also confirmed the 458 Speciale Spider and said that some dealers are already taking orders for the new sports car. There are no details regarding the debut of the new vehicle or how Ferrari will actually name this new model. We might see it in October at the 2014 Paris Motor Show, but this is only our opinion.

What’s for sure is that Ferrari will use the same 4.5-liter V8 engine found on the coupe version that generates 605 hp @ 9,000 rpm and 540 Nm (398 lb-ft) of torque at 6,000 rpm.

The 458 Speciale coupe hits 100 km/h (62 mph) in just 3.0 seconds, 200 km/h (124 mph) in 9.1 seconds and laps the Fiorano racetrack in 1’23’’5. Moreover, the Ferrari 458 Speciale does the quarter mile in 10.7 seconds.

458 Speciale Spider is expected to use the same aluminum hard-top found on the 458 Spider that can be deployed in just 14 seconds. We also expect it to be a little bit slower than the 458 Speciale coupe.

The design will be identical to the coupe version, although we expect some beautiful colour combinations from the Prancing Horse. More details to be revealed!

Among the car's main traits are all-new Ferrari-patented mobile streamlining solutions at the car’s front and rear that guarantee that different configurations of aerodynamics can be used while cornering, when maximal downforce is crucial and on straight channels where minimal drag is essential.

The 458 Speciale has an outstanding 0.53 downforce (Cl) value. Due to the previously mentioned active streamlining, this does not forsake the Cd that is merely 0.35.

Its special touches include the inventive solutions adapted to the car’s front, with two central upright flaps and the lateral flap below. At moderately lower speeds, the upright flaps close, directing air to the radiators to ensure the necessary engine cooling.

Nevertheless, at speeds over 170 kmph, the flaps open up, lessening the air volume that flow into the radiators, cutting the drag. At speeds above 220 kmph, the lateral flap lowers to stabilise downforce between the axles in front and rear, creating a 20 per cent swing in total downforce to the back.

At the front bumper, turning vanes on each side slow air flowing that increases downforce, moving the aerodynamic balance 4 per cent from the front. Due to their shapes, the streamlined fins in front of the rear wheels create more downforce much like the turning vanes in the front.

The rear spoiler has a bigger surface area and a more prominent shape that improved the underbody’s efficiency with more downforce. Moving the tailpipe position also meant a new diffuser could be engineered to optimise the underbody’s extraction ability. The rear flaps can be configured in two different ways: elevated for high downforce and dropped to lessen drag. Complex sensors and a special algorithm allow the flaps to be lowered by almost a 17° angle, which can stall the diffuser and reduce Cd by 3 points.

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