Ferrari auctions first 458 Speciale A for a staggering $900,000

Article by Christian A., on October 13, 2014

At an auction held this weekend during Ferrari’s 60th anniversary celebrations in Beverly Hills, the first 458 Speciale Aperta was sold for a staggering $900,000. According to Ferrari, the money went to Daybreak, a charity that focuses on cures for rare genetic diseases. Although the official pricing for the 458 Speciale A (Aperta) was not released, we do know that in Europe the vehicle will start at around 216,000 euros before taxes, which means around $275,000.

This means that the first production 458 Speciale Aperta will definitely be the most expensive one sold by Ferrari. For those who don’t know, the Ferrari 458 Speciale A was introduced at the 2014 Paris Motor Show but 4WheelsNews was the only website to announce it back in June.

The spider version of the 458 Speciale uses the same 4.5-liter V8 engine as the coupe, delivering 605 hp (445 kW) at 9,000 rpm an 540 Nm (398 lb-ft) of torque at 6,000 rpm. The engine pushed the vehicle from 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) in 3.0 seconds, to 200 km/h (62 mph) in 9.5 seconds, while top speed is in excess of 200 mph or 320 km/h.

Moreover, the 458 Speciale A runs the quarter mile in 10.8 seconds and laps Ferrari’s Fiorano racetrack in 1’23”5. The vehicle auctioned by Ferrari featured a unique triple-layer yellow livery as well as a Blu Nart and Bianco Avus central stripe. Moreover, we find 5-spoke forged wheels in Grigio Corsa.

Boasting of a coefficient of 1.37, the Ferrari 458 Speciale A is definitely the Italian carmaker’s most aerodynamically efficient spider. By employing an array of groundbreaking solutions, Ferrari was able to endow the sports car with a high downforce of 0.485 Cl and a low coefficient of drag value of 0.355 Cd.

This extraordinary feat is made viable by employing Ferrari-patented active aerodynamics, allowing various configurations to be used on different situations. For instance, active aerodynamics adjusts to deliver maximum downforce during cornering, and when the sports car is cruising on a straight road, they are configured to reduce aerodynamic drag.

Ferrari provided the 458 Speciale A with two vertical flaps on the front and a horizontal flap on the underbody. If the 458 Speciale A is moving at low speeds, all flaps are closed to guide air into the radiators to cool down the engine.

But when the sports car reaches speeds of between 170 km/h and 220 km/h, the vertical flaps on the front are opened, which means less air is channeled to the radiators, thereby reducing drag.

As soon as the sports car speeds up over 220 km/h, however, the horizontal flap is lowered to balance downforce between the front and rear axles. In this instance, the overall downforce shifts 20 percent rearwards.

Meanwhile, turning vanes located at either side of the front bumper as well as aerodynamic fins are partly credited for the surge in downforce and the four-percent shift in the aerodynamic balance over the front section.

The 458 Speciale A features a front dam that serves as a separation zone in the airflow – just right after the leading edge of the front splitter. The hump also acts as a separation zone at the start of the flat underbody. Rear downforce has also increased by seven points thanks to a rear spoiler with a more pronounced shape and larger surface area.

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