Messing with the styling of a Italian supercar is always a risky game to play. But tuning firm Anderson Germany was undaunted when it worked over a Ferrari for its latest creation the Ferrari 458 Italia Carbon Edition special.
Visually the reworked 458 cuts a striking figure with some severe carbon fibre treatment that includes the front splitter, front bumper flaps, wide side skirts, a discrete rear lip spoiler, engine air outlets, rear side window air intake grilles and front bumper ventilation grille. But replacing all those parts with carbon fibre pieces still wasn’t enough so the lightweight material has also been used on the roof, bonnet, door handles and mirrors.
Performance from the Ferrari’s V8 engine has been tweaked to 464kw by reprogrammed software and a replacement exhaust system. Other upgrades include a lowered suspension kit and stealthy 21-inch alloy wheels with low-profile performance tyres.
The meaning of ‘hand built’ may seem obvious but what does the process really involve? Ferrari has decided to show the world how it builds an engine by hand with a video detailing the process of assembly for the 458 Italia’s 4.5-litre V8 engine.
The 458 Italia motor is produced at home in the company’s Maranello, Italy factory and the thorough nature of the staff is amazing. Wearing surgical gloves it is an exact process for the hands and also the high-tech machinery involved.
The 458 Italia engine produces 419kW of power and 540Nm of torque, it comes mated to a dual-clutch, seven-speed gearbox.
The Ferrari 458 Italia has recently been unveiled with all the fanfare that goes along with a new prancing horse model. We’ve seen the photos and read about the specifications and the awesomeness that is Ferrari’s latest high-end offering, but it’s still hard to get a real feel for the vehicle. Ferrari has come to the rescue with the release of a short video showing two 458s tearing along a racetrack.
It’s a polished clip and the engine-soundtrack alone makes it worth a look, so click on the box below to check it out.
We heard (via a friend in Portugal who said it was in the media there) that Schu didn’t return to race in F1 because he had blurry vision coming out of the corners – possibly a result of coming off his motorbike. But, he’s onto a nice little earner with Ferrari making videos for them about their F458 Italia.
After months of rumour and speculation Ferrari has finally revealed the mid-engined V8 replacement for its F430. The all-new Ferrari 458 Italia won’t be unveiled in the flesh until September’s Frankfurt Motor Show, but the official details of the newest model were released late last night. A new direct-injected 4.5-litre V8 provides motivation pushing out 562 horsepower and 398 lb-ft of torque. This unit won’t strike the redline till 9,000 rpm, and eighty percent of the F458′s torque will be available from a low 3,250 rpm, thanks to the motor’s 12.5:1 compression ratio.
Like the Ferrari California, the 458 benefits from a seven-speed dual clutch gearbox directing power to the rear wheels. There is no talk of incorporating a KERS hybrid power regeneration system yet, so it would seem that it was merely a rumour for now.
Like its predecessor, the Ferrari 458 Italia’s aluminum structure helps keep weight down with the 458 weighing just 1,379 kg. Speculated performance figures have acceleration to 100 km/h taking just 3.4 seconds, and this will be the first volume production Ferrari V8 to top the 200 mph barrier, with a top speed of 202 mph (325kph).
Check out some images of Ferrari’s latest beast in the image gallery below.