Michael Schumacher laps Mugello in a Ferrari 430 Scuderia
We’d be all smiles too, if we had one
Track footage of the Ferrari 430 Scuderia getting a thrashing
At last weekend’s Goodwood Festival of Speed in the UK, Ferrari showcased three of its latest supercars in the Goodwood Hillclimb. One of these was the Scuderia Spider 16M, which packs a strong 4.3-litre, 510hp V8 punch. Capable of sprinting to 100kph in 3.7 seconds, the 16M completed the 1.16-mile (1.86km) hillclimb in a staggering 59 seconds.
To see what it’s like to scream up the famous Hill in the latest Ferrari technology watch the video below.
Not everyone is in favour of tuners messing with one of Ferrari’s amazing creations, let alone a limited edition model like the Scuderia Spider 16M.
But German tuning company Novitec Rosso has made a name out of putting their own creative mark on the cars from the prancing horse. Their most recent creation is this twin-supercharged Scuderia Spider 16M that pumps out 696 horsepower at 8400 rpm and 503 lb-ft torque at 6300 rpm. Capable of hitting 100kph in 3.5 seconds, it’s easily one of the fastest convertibles in the world.
The Italian drop top receives larger wheels and tyres, sport springs with a hydraulic lift system, black taillights, side markers and reflectors, a leather/carbon fibre steering wheel, and carbon fibre shift paddles.
Despite Ferrari’s attempts at denying it has been affected by the global economic crisis, the Italian supercar maker has announced plans to lay off up to 10 percent of its workforce this week. This comes after last month’s announcement that Ferrari sales had dropped from 600 cars per month to just 92 sales worldwide. As many as 300 workers could be sacked after negotiations with Italy’s trade unions.
Another extreme measure for Ferrari is a 20-day holiday shutdown this year to ward off huge stockpiles of parts and inventory. Even with the new California launching and the recently announced Scuderia Spider 16M on the way, and despite a two-year waiting list for its product globally, distributors around the world are apparently sitting on too much inventory. Sales of the V12 models have reportedly stalled and F430 sales have slowed to a trickle since the California was announced. Ferrari is pulling down the hatches and preparing to weather the storm, Ferrari fans are hoping that this might one day mean lower prices for Italy’s finest vehicles.
The Ferrari F430 Scuderia is considered by almost every car-loving person on the planet to be one of the greatest cars ever made.
The people at Novitec must be completely mad though, as they have taken the 510hp F430, bolted on a couple of superchargers and now have an ultra expensive Ferrari with 717hp.
The 0-100km/h time is a claimed 3.5sec and the top speed is 350km/h. Utter madness.