Well, it was not the 458 Scuderia, it was not the 458 Monte Carlo or the Challenge Stradale, it was the Ferrari 458 Speciale. This is the hardcore version of the Ferrari 458 Italia that everyone was waiting for. Although the “standard” 458 Italia was the perfect car in our opinion, the Ferrari 458 Speciale promises to take things further and comes with a tuned version of the 4.5-liter V8 engine that now delivers 605 hp @ 9,000 rpm and 540 Nm (398 lb-ft) of torque at 6,000 rpm.
The 4.5-liter V8 delivers 135 hp/liter. For those who don’t know, the 458 Italia delivers 570 hp and 540 Nm of torque. Thanks to an exceptional weight/power ration of just 2.13 kg/hp (dry weight is 1290 kg), the Ferrari 458 Speciale zooms from 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) in just 3 seconds, to 200 km/h (124 mph) in 9.1 seconds and has a lap time of just 1’23”5 on the Fiorano circuit.
Developed in collaboration with Pinifarina, the Ferrari 458 Speciale features front and rear movable aerodynamics, which balance downforce and cut drag. The 458 Speciale is the most aerodynamically efficient range production car in Ferrari history (E index of 1.5). One of the most innovative system on the 458 Speciale is to Side Slip angle Control or SSC, which makes it easier to achieve car control on the limit.
The car uses Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 tyres, which were specifically honed for it in an intensive collaboration programme involving, amongst other factors, numerous track test and simulator sessions. 458 Speciale has the fastest response time (0.060 s) and highest lateral acceleration (1.33 g) ever achieved by a car in the Prancing Horse range. The Ferrari 458 Speciale will make its world debut at the 2013 Frankfurt Motor Show (IAA) in September.
One of the new Ferrari 458 Speciale's main characteristics is a set of new mobile aerodynamic solutions that are Ferrari-patented. These solutions at both the front and the rear of the car help make sure that different aerodynamic configurations are easily adopted in cornering, which requires maximum downforce, and in going straight, wherein drag is reduced to a minimum.
458 Speciale boasts an exceptional downforce value of 0.53, which does not penalize the drag coefficient of 0.35, thanks to the active aerodynamics.
Also hard to miss are the innovative solutions that have been adopted at the 458 Speciale’s front, with two vertical flaps at the center and a horizontal flap right below them. These vertical flaps close at low speeds, directing air into the car’s radiators in order to deliver the much-needed cooling for its engine. However, at speeds exceeding 170 km/h, these flaps open and reduce the volume of air that flows into the radiators, thus cutting drag. Meanwhile, at speeds reaching 220km/h, the horizontal flap is lowered in order to balance the downforce between the axles at the front and rear, resulting to an overall 20% shift in downforce to the rear.
Moreover, turning vanes at either of the front bumper’s sides slow the air flow, increasing downforce then shifting the aerodynamic balance by 4% over the front. The aerodynamic fins before the rear wheels add to the downforce much in the same manner as the turning vanes at the front.