Posts Tagged ‘F458’

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Since its first appearance in 2009, the 458 model, which came as a replacement to the F430, had a big success, whether it was in sales, or in motor sports, the model from the prancing horse manufacturer was a trouble maker for the competitors. Note that, the 458 had many success in the 24 hours of Lemans, 24 hours of Daytona, 12 hours of Sebring, and other endurance races. Now there is a new model, the 458 Speciale A. A as in Aperta, which means, open in Italian.

The 458 Speciale A, is to be unveiled in this Paris Auto Show (October 4th to 19th 2014). It will have the most powerful naturally-aspirated road-going V8 Ferrari ever built. It is the same 4.5L V8 in the 458, but set to produce a huge 605 bhp (some say it will be jut 597) and 540 Nm of torque @ 6000 Rpm. It has one of the highest power per liter ratios : 135bhp/L. It will be fitted with a 7-speed double-clutch paddle-shift gearbox. Results are, stop to 100 km/h in just 3.0 seconds, stop to 200 in just 9.5, and lapping around the Fiorano in 1:23:5. It will be the last naturally-aspirated V8 to be built by Ferrari. They will be replaced by Turbos V6, and Ferrari said that it is not thinking of eaving the V12’s.

On the outside, it is a spider version of the 458 Speciale. It will use the same folding aluminium hard-top system used by the 16M, the Scuderia Spider, which will give it 50 kg more on the Speciale, to make it weigh 1455 kg. The hard-top folding and unfolding will be achieved in just 14 seconds. It will have active rear and front aerodynamics, and plenty of stability system. The most interesting one is the SSC :Slide Slip Angle Control which changes the settings of the traction control and the rear differential for an enjoyable ride. On the inside, the dashboard, door panels, central tunnel, and many other will be in carbon fibers, because you know, Ferrari is about sport cars.

Only 499 will be made, Ferrari is to announce the price in this Paris Auto Show. All we know is, it will be the most enjoyable, fastest Ferrari Spider ever built

Ferrari F12 TRS

Posted: August 7, 2014 in F12, Ferrari
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For the last five years, Ferrari has impressed everyone with the new models it produced, the California, The 458 Italia, The Ferrari FF, the Ferrari F12, the LaFerrari, Ferrari F458 Speciale, the California T, and all of them were harvesters of good rewards, world’s best car for the Ferrari 458 Italia, world’s most powerful V12 for the F12, winner of the LeMans series for the F458 GT3 and the titles go on, and with 7000 units sold a year, Ferrari is getting everyone satisfied. But what if the client wanted something for himself only, something unique, something that, whatever happens, he is sure, nobody else will possess? 

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Ferrari has the answer, a producing unit, just for custom made delivery, you dream it, Ferrari makes it. The name is SP or Special projects, and this is where all the SP’s came from, the SP America, the SP 1, the SP FFX… all of them unique, and really expensive. This year, Ferrari added a new toy to the Collection, an SP based on the Ferrari F12 Berlinetta, and on the famous 250 Testa Rossa : The F12 TRS ( Testa Rossa Spider)

The Maranello factory made this custom-made car specially for a client who preferred to stay anonymous. The client insisted on one major detail, it has aspects from the Ferrari 250 Testa Rossa, and based on the Ferrari F12. The result Ferrari came up with was staggering, A Spider version of the F12, that is a reincarnation of the 250. First appearance was made in the “Cavalcade” tour, where Ferrari owners from around Italy meet and go for a smug-faced Italian rally. Engineers removed the top of the car, and instead installed  panoramic opaque windows. The front hood was inspired from the 250, and had a transparent glass mounted on it, it is useful to see part of the engine, and red carburetors. It kept the wind channeling aerobridges from the F12. The radiator grill was remodeled , and had now an aerodynamic lip in front. The rear diffuser shaped like a T was reworkd. The stern of the car now has 2 big bumps, like the ones of the 458 spider. All these changes were made, to give the car its unique look, and have a better wind resistance, it does not get close to the impressive 0.299 drag coefficient of the Ferrari F12.

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Under the hood, the F12 TRS kept the same engine as the F12, a 6.2 L V12 delivering 740 Bhp, the same 7 speed double clutch gearbox. 0 to 100 kph in 3.1 seconds, 0 to 200 in 8.1 seconds, car top speed was not revealed, but it is expected to do the same 340 kph as the base model. No one can speak of Ferrari, without F1 technology, that is why a new introduction to the car is the KERS system (Kinetic Energy Recovery System, which is  a system that recovers kinetic energy from a moving vehicle while under brakes. A technology introduced to the LaFerrari V12.

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As far as weight loss is concerned, Ferrari did a great job, Already by removing the top, it gained a lot, but they went further, got rid of the glove compartment, any audio or stereo system, speakers, central air vents, rear benches, wind-up windows. The interior is now made of Carbon, Suede and Leather, to keep the car light, and luxurious. Carbon fiber was introduced to a lot of parts in the car, like body panels, to replace the heavy metal panels.

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The F12 TRS can rest assured that only one model is made of his car, Ferrari even delivers the original quarter scale and full scale clay models. All this comes with a crazy figure in money : 3 million €, 2.5 million £, 4.2 million $, and for my friends from Tunisia, something around 6.6 million TnD. The equivalent price of 3 LaFerrari or 15 F12 Berlinetta. A good deal although, the Testa Rossa is sold for over 20 million €