Ferrari builds one-off 458 Italia dedicated to Niki Lauda

Article by Christian A., on November 18, 2013

For those who don’t know, Oscar winner Ron Howard told the story of the rivalry between Niki Lauda and James Hunt in the movie “Rush” and if you didn’t see it you’d better go for it. A Ferrari owner was impressed by Niki Lauda and decided to personalize its 458 Italia in the same livery featured on the Maranello cars back in the golden age that covered the mid-Seventies.

Ferrari’s Commercial Department as part of the Tailor Made personalisation programme, with the collaboration of a personal designer from the Maranello Style Centre made this 458 Italia unique as it features a white roof with the Italian flag going longitudinally across it as well as gold rims.

Inside, we find seats and central tunnel reprising the Italian flag motif, while the racing theme is accentuated by the type of seats and the red motif on their stitching, the dashboard and instrument panel and the steering wheel with LEDs, as well as the F1 type gear shifts.

Under the hood, there is a 4.5-liter V8 engine rated at 578 hp, which can push the car from 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) in just 3.4 seconds and to a top speed that exceeds 320 km/h or 200 mph.

The Ferrari 458 Italia has a front that features a suspension with twin wishbones and a rear with a multi-link set-up tuned for superlative handling and maximum road-holding. The car therefore offers a rapid body control and turn-in, together with more direct steering ratio, while also maintaining superior riding comfort.

What’s more, integration of the ECU-controlled F1-Trac and E-Diff, as well as their respective mappings, is greater, which results to a 32% increase in longitudinal acceleration compared to the previous models. The control logic’s evolution, with a faster as well as a more accurate calculation of grip levels, ensures better handling, easier control on the limit, and greater road-holding.

The same ECU likewise controls the high-performance ABS, thus providing greater efficiency and more precise logic threshold control. Moreover, the brakes have a prefill function wherein pistons in the callipers enable the pads to move and make contact with discs on the lift-off so as to minimize brake delays. Together with the ABS, this has reduced the 100-0 km/h braking distance significantly, to 32.5 meters.

Additionally, the interior of the Ferrari 458 Italia exalts the car’s athletic personality. It welcomes the driver with its new layout and with a revolutionary ergonomic interface that features main controls clustered on its steering wheel.

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