Ferrari has decided to unveil the new F430 Spider against the glittering backdrop of the Geneva Motor Show. The new Spider is the drop-top version of the F430 whose success it looks set to emulate.
Once again the race track has proved to be the Prancing Horse’s finest research and development arena, and the Scuderia’s experience has had a huge impact on the development of the new car. The Pininfarina-designed Spider not only boasts all of the stunning technology of the F430, but has also been honed by the very latest aerodynamic calculation methodologies developed in collaboration with the Formula 1 Racing Division know as the Gestione Sportiva or GES.
The new Ferrari’s meticulous aerodynamic and styling is reflected in the design of the rear spoiler incorporated in the engine cover, more muscular air intakes to channel air into the powerful engine, and the new rear diffuser integrated into the bumper which boasts race-derived dimensions. The large rear window offers a view of the glorious Ferrari engine too.
The F430 Spider also boasts a compact, fully automatic electric hood that allows the stunning engine to be seen all times and which takes up very little space indeed when lowered, despite the car’s uncompromising central-rear engine layout.
The F430 Spider is powered by Ferrari’s new 490 hp, 4,308cc 90° V8, an incredibly light, compact unit that punches out a specific power of 114 hp per litre with a weight-to-power ratio of 2.9 kg per hp (dry weight). The result, needless to say, is absolutely breathtaking performance: the Spider sprints from 0-100 km/h in just 4.1 seconds and has a maximum speed of over 310 km/h.
The F430 Spider will not be the only Prancing Horse drop-top at Geneva, however. After its debut at Detroit, the 12-cylinder Ferrari Superamerica and its innovative Revocromico rotating roof, will be showcased at Geneva too.
Derived from the 575M Maranello, the Superamerica is available with either an F1-style or manual gearbox, and is mounted with the latest development of the classic V12 engine which delivers 540 hp.
It can also be fitted with the GTC Handling package which includes Carbon Ceramic Material (CCM) brake discs. The Superamerica’s original rotating roof system means that it is both a berlinetta and a spider at once.
Just a little over a year since its launch, the 612 Scaglietti is already the Prancing Horse’s most successful ever Grand Tourer, thanks to its unique marriage of Ferrari thoroughbred racing spirit, and authentic four-seater coupé styling and convenience.
To meet the demands of sportier clients, Ferrari is now also presenting the GTC Handling package for the model. This includes several track-derived technologies, specifically the new CCM brakes developed in collaboration with Brembo (front: 380 mm diameter, 36 mm thick; rear: 360 mm diameter, 34 mm thick).
The GTC Handling package also offers a sportier suspension set-up and electronic F1 gearbox control for even faster gear changing times.
The new personalisation package includes 19" alloy split-rims with a high-lustre ball-polished finish, and a newly designed exhaust system with chrome tailpipes that delivers an even deeper rumble.Published 3 March 2005