Ferrari 458 Italy. Surprise debut for the new Ferrari 458 Italy, that it takes a generation gap at 8-cylinder rear-engine sports center with a strong vocation of the Maranello company. The new car is a synthesis of technological innovation, creativity, style, passion. A summary which also represents our country, to which Ferrari has decided to pay tribute by adding, in addition to the traditional figures of a cylinder and cylinder number, the name Italy.
Ferrari 458 Italy is completely new from every point of view: powertrain, design, aerodynamics, handling, instrumentation and interface uomomacchina, just to name a few aspects. Two-seater Berlinetta, the 458 Italy, as has become tradition on the Ferrari cars for road use, benefits from the experience gained in Formula 1, as shown for example by the precision and immediacy of response to commands from the pilot and the special attention that has been reserved the reduction of internal friction in the engine for consumption values lower than the F430, despite the increase in displacement and power.
The experience derived from racing on the 458 is not only in Italy under a purely technological transfer, but also “emotional” due to the strong emphasis on the marriage almost symbiotic-car driver. The 458 Italy, in fact, is characterized by a new approach to driving with the steering wheel and dashboard of the new design, the result of experience coming from the races. Also in this area of development was vital the contribution of Michael Schumacher’s well established that once again was involved from the beginning of the project. The design, created by Pininfarina, is a further confirmation of the deep schism that created the new car than before. The style is based on a compact and sleek, expression of the concepts of simplicity, efficiency and lightness which the project is inspired.
As with all Ferraris, the aesthetic aerodynamic efficiency is crucially dependent on this new model generates, among other things, a vertical load of 140 kg to 200 km / h. The front is monobocca with side vents, with sections of profiles designed to convey the air to the radiator of the engine and the new flat bottom. Italy also has the 458 positioned in front of the radiator fins that generate both vertical load and, with increased speed, aero-elastically deform in order to reduce the input section to the radiators and thus the resistance. The new engine 4499 cm3 is the first V8 engine with direct injection of the House of Maranello mounted in the rear-center position, with high compression pistons very small, typical of racing engines and which helps to achieve a compression ratio of 12.5:1. Equipped with a traditional pot shaft, the engine delivers 570 horsepower at 9000 rpm and with a specific power of 127 hp per liter to reach a value from the absolute primacy not only for the range and history of Ferrari, but for the entire segment. The maximum torque of 540 Nm at 6,000 rpm, of which more than 80% is available right from 3250 rpm. The torque specification is a record: 120 Nm / liter. Another extraordinary achievement is in the high level of torque while maintaining low revs even to a great power. Clear, powerful and engaging and the sound of the engine being fed into the exhaust to the rear three tails.
The 458 Italy adopts the F1 gearbox with double clutch 7-speed that supports a strong increase in performance an exceptional ride comfort. For its use on 458 engineers Italy intervened on the gear ratios to better interpret the power curve and torque the new engine. Strong Sports, the change is things that can already provide greater torque at low engine speeds and achieving maximum speed in top gear. This new Ferrari is also an important step towards the goal of reducing emissions. Despite the significant increase in power of the new engine compared to the previous V8, the 458 is approved by Italy consumption cycle ECE + EUDC of 13.7 l/100 km and CO2 emission figure of 320 g / km, best value in the market. Even with this in mind, design engineers have focused on the goal of containment of the weight, which came in at 1380 kg for a dry power to weight ratio of 2.42 kg / hp and an optimal distribution of weights with 58% on the rear. The result of this work is summarized by two simple data capable of expressing the attitude of the performance markedly 458 Italy: acceleration 0-100 km / h in just 3.4 seconds while top speed is over 325 km / h. For the newly designed chassis, also in aluminum, the engineers at Maranello have used different types of alloys and joining techniques and processing of aerospace derivation. Regarding the dynamics, the front suspension and rear triangles overlapping with multilink scheme has been redesigned to obtain a strong performance behavior that, together with the adoption of a more direct steering ratio ensures responsiveness of the car while maintaining comfort high. The integration of electronic E-Diff and F1-Trac, now in the same unit, and their strategies is even greater, with an increase of 32% longitudinal acceleration out of corners than in previous models. The evolution of electronic controls and their innovative layout allows you to raise the performance level reached in extreme driving conditions thanks to a more immediate management of the distribution of torque out of corners.
The same unit also manages the ABS performance that allows better detection of the need for intervention and implementation more effective. The brake calipers have a system of preload pistons for even quicker response to activation of the command. This leads to a stopping distance that 100 km / h to zero is only 32.5 meters. Strongly characterize the interiors with a new approach to leadership and a revolutionary man-machine interface with all the main controls on the steering wheel. With the new Ferrari 458 Maranello Italy the full range of the 8-cylinder car with a pure DNA from Ferrari to Ferrari that turns different from those for which he designed the Ferrari California. The latter is dedicated to those looking for a big Gran Turismo versatility combined with the most powerful on the market today. The 458 is designed for Italy who has the pure performance as a main requirement, and who wants to find sportiness and comfort even in everyday use, as well as has become tradition for the latest Ferrari models.