Ferrari Scuderia Spider 16M officially unveiled

Article by Christian A., on August 29, 2010

The new Ferrari Scuderia Spider 16M was unveiled at the World Finals in Mugello, in order to celebrate the victory in the Formula 1 Constructor'd World Championship 2008.

The new vehicle wich will be available in a limited edition of just 499 units is available in a choice of two new signature color schemes: the standard version is black with grey trim, while a tricolour livery is also available as part of the Carrozzeria Scaglietti Personalisation Programme.

The car also features a special plate on its rear grille commemorating Ferrari's 16th Constructor's World title while at the interior a special silver limited series plate is placed above the air vents at the centre of the dash board.

Also, at the interior the car features a sport steering wheel with carbon-fiber, a new audio system that comes with a customised Ferrari iPod Touch 16 GB with central dock just in front of the dashboard.

Under the hood, the 1340 kg vehicle comes with a 4.3-liter V8 engine capable to deliver 510 hp 8500 rpm and 470 Nm of torque at 5250 rpm, pushing the vehicle to 100 km/h (62 mph) in just 3.7 seconds while the top speed is limited to 315 km/h or 196 mph.

The car features also a the six-speed plus reverse F1 gearbox fitted with a dry dual clutch and an electronic differential E-diff + F1-Trac. Stopping is not a problem due to the 398 mm carbon-ceramic discs on the front and 350 mm on the rear used behind the 19 inch five-spoke alloy wheels.

Ferrari has been using E-Diff in Formula 1 races for years, and now the technology has found its way into the stability control systems of the Ferrari Scuderia Spider 16M. E-Diff, in a smart manner, transmits torque to the wheels through the hydraulic actuation of two sets of friction discs and their connected reaction discs.

The amount of torque that E-Diff delivers is contingent on driving conditions, as the system works to appropriately vary the effect of the differential, thereby generating advantages in terms of performance and active safety, as well as directional stability and driving pleasure.

Furthermore, E-Diff – also integrated with other systems of the vehicle – enabling drivers via the steering wheel-mounted manettino to modify the set-up depending on road-holding conditions.

Another Formula 1-derived technology found in the Ferrari Scuderia Spider 16M is the F1-TRAC traction control system that ensures that the car exhibits optimal traction when exiting corners. Moreover, F1-TRAC ensures that the Ferrari Scuderia Spider 16M is stable, easy to drive and comfortable as well as able to perform as it is intended to.

When equipped with both E-Diff and F1-Trac, the Ferrari Scuderia Spider 16M's acceleration performance when exiting out of corners increases by around 40 percent compared to conventional systems of stability and traction control.

Furthermore, the Ferrari Scuderia Spider 16M employs a Racing variant of the manettino. This version focuses on sporty driving while offering more options to configure the parameters of its electronic controls.

Moreover, Ferrari got rid of the ICE setting on the F430 and replaced it with the CT position, which deactivates only traction control, while allowing stability control to remain in operation.

Press Release

Ferrari Scuderia Spider 16M

The Ferrari Scuderia Spider 16M has been created with the goal of bringing together superb performance and the pleasure of driving in the open air. The result is the best-performing spider ever created by Ferrari, a car which evokes the emotions of the barchetta models that were the protagonists of the great multi-stage races of the 1950s. The car's technological solutions, make the most of the latest innovations in the 430 Scuderia, derived from Formula 1, to guarantee uncompromising handling on the road. This is reflected in the name, which is also connected to Formula 1: a celebration of the 16 World Constructors' Titles Ferrari have won. The Scuderia Spider 16M is a marriage of performance and driving pleasure produced in a special, limited edition for only 499 passionate customers.


The Ferrari Scuderia Spider 16M offers technological solutions that have already been tested on the 430 Scuderia. It's an ultra-high-performance car (0-100 km/h in 3.7 seconds) designed for fast, tight driving conditions with a set-up that highlights sports driving and that offers all the enjoyment of open-top driving in the F430 Spider. In tests at the Fiorano circuit the car recorded lap times lower than any other Ferrari spider model designed for the road.


The Ferrari Scuderia Spider 16M weighs 80 kg less than the F430 Spider (dry weight 1340 kg) and many details were revised and designed with this specific goal in mind. The most significant changes were made on the chassis and on the body, much use has been made of light materials and carbon fiber. All this has made it possible to achieve a first-in-class power-to-weight ratio of 5.8 lb/CV.


The Ferrari Scuderia Spider 16M's engine, like the 430 Scuderia's, is an evolution of the F430's 4.3-litre V8. It features a number of modifications designed to boost performance and raise specific power to 118 CV/l, equal to a total power output of 510 CV, while complying with the strict limits on exhaust emissions established in the Euro4 and LEV2 standards.


Engine sound is a distinctive characteristic of all Ferraris and has always been a fundamental element in creating a strong connection with the driver through increased feedback and driving satisfaction. This is achieved by paying special attention to the level and to the quality of sound, in order to ensure perfect acoustic comfort under any conditions.


The F1-SuperFast2 gearbox is the latest evolution derived from Formula 1: a totally innovative integrated engine and gearbox management programme allows the combined disengaging/engaging of the gears to take place in parallel with letting the clutch in and out. As a result, gear-change time has been even further reduced to 60 milliseconds.


In use in Formula 1 for a number of years, E-Diff has been integrated with the car's stability control systems. Torque is intelligently distributed to the wheels by the hydraulic actuation of two sets of friction discs and their connected reaction discs. The amount of torque delivered depends on driving conditions, modifying the effect of the differential and bringing considerable advantages in terms of performance, directional stability, active safety and driving pleasure. E-Diff is integrated with the car's other systems and allows the driver to change the set-up according to road-holding conditions from the steering wheel-mounted manettino.


F1-Trac, like E-Diff, is the traction control system directly derived from the experience of Formula 1 cars. The system guarantees maximum traction on exiting corners, stability and ease of driving even in extreme conditions, consistent performance, and drive comfort. The advantage of the combination of E-Diff and F1-Trac compared to conventional systems of stability and traction control is shown by a 40% increase in acceleration out of corners.


The Ferrari Scuderia Spider 16M uses the Racing version of the manettino, which puts the emphasis on sporty driving and offers more options for configuration of the parameters of the car's electronic controls. The ICE setting used on the F430 has been replaced by the CT position. This deactivates only traction control, leaving stability control in operation.


The Ferrari Scuderia Spider 16M's braking system with carbon ceramic discs has resulted in an overall improvement in braking performance compared to that of the F430's system, from which it is derived. The front discs with their larger diameter allow an improved rolling radius and hence greater braking efficiency. The front brake pads are specific to the car and allow improved dissipation of the heat produced by higher performance. They are also more hard-wearing. The brake pedal feel has been optimized for all driving conditions and remains consistent even in extreme situations on the racetrack.


Traditionally, the styling of a Ferrari has been created around the forms dictated by the car's engineering, with the aim of obtaining maximum aerodynamic efficiency. The Ferrari Scuderia Spider 16M's high performance and dynamics required a reinterpretation of numerous elements of both internal and external styling. The objective was to style the car through those aerodynamic features necessary for a car designed with the highest levels of performance in mind. Since the 16M is a Spider, the design kept in mind the needs of driving with the top down and of the pleasure this should provide. External styling has been enhanced with numerous details in carbon (front fin, rear-view mirror, headlight housing, diffuser, roll bar) as well as new colours in metallic black body and dark grey wheel rims. A new livery emphasises the lines of the car.


A new audio system of the latest-generation has been created for the Ferrari Scuderia Spider 16M. The hi-fidelity has an 8x50 watt amplifier consisting of two woofers, two midrange speakers and two tweeters integrated in the carbon door panel. The multimedia interface offers a removable Ferrari-personalised 16GB iPod® Touch housed in the centre of the instrument panel. Alternatively, a Becker® Cascade radio with Bluetooth and iPod® connection is available.23


The Ferrari personalisation programme has been enhanced and matched to the special features of the car. The programme has four separate areas: Racing and Track, Exterior and Colours; Interior and Materials, Equipment and Travel.In the Interior and Materials area it is possible to select Poltrona Frau® leather as an alternative to technical fibre or Alcantara®. And for this limited edition car there is also a special set of soft travel bags, a satellite anti-theft system and satellite navigation. It is also possible to select a "tricolore" livery in the colours of the italian flag.

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