Novitec upgrades the Ferrari 458 Speciale

Article by Christian A., on February 1, 2014

Back in September, at the 2013 Frankfurt Motor Show, Ferrari introduced the all-new 458 Speciale a.k.a. a hardcore version of the 458 Italia. Still, a powerful version for Ferrari is not enough for some drivers. So, who you’d going to call? No, not Ghost Busters… that’s from another movie! You will going to call Novitec!

As a result, Novitec decided to modify the Ferrari 458 Speciale and got rid of the beautiful stripes showed by the standard version, painted in the Grigio Silverstone gray, added a new set of black forged wheels with yellow edge and darkened the taillights.

Moreover, Novitec also installed a new set of sport springs. For those who don’t know, the Ferrari 458 Speciale is powered by a 4.5-liter V8 engine that generates 605 hp @ 9,000 rpm and 540 Nm (398 lb-ft) of torque at 6,000 rpm.

 With these numbers, the 458 Speciale hits 100 km/h (62 mph) in only 3 seconds and 200 km/h (124 mph) in 9.1 seconds. These performances were not enough for Novitec who added 17 hp in the Stage 1 package. Still, we are sure that Novitec is working on a more powerful version of the vehicle, so stay tuned!

Ferrari’s 458 Speciale's vibrant performance ensures maximal drive sensations in every situation, letting the driver meet and enhance his own limitations easily and providing an extreme drive sensation even at low speeds.

Agile and reactive, the vehicle is at its ultimate performance over extremely winding roads that have challenging switchbacks and changing bend. New technological components improved not just the 458 Speciale's single lap times, but also the ability to repeat that performance on following laps with no need for professional driving skills, presenting unparalleled levels of drive enjoyment.

Side Slip Angle Control (SSC)

The Ferrari 458 Speciale introduces Side Slip Angle Control (SSC) for more flawless vehicle control at all limits, profoundly increasing driver pleasure.

Due to innovative new software that calculates lateral speed, yaw angles, steering angle and speed, SSC executes instant analysis of the vehicle's side slip angle, compared with reference info, thus allowing even, manageable oversteer, and maximising torque management (through F1-Trac traction control) and differential torque distribution between the two powered wheels (through the E-Diff electric differential) for optimal vehicle reaction times.

With the Manettino fixed at RACE or CT OFF, the 458 Speciale will be the best of available grip for enhanced acceleration out of corners, improved ease and handling on the fly, and more reliable performance.

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