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The Ferrari 458
There is little doubt that when Luca di Montezemolo presents the successor to the 430 Scuderia in the vaunted Ferrari line of high performance vehicles at the upcoming Frankfurt Auto Show in September, 2013, the reaction will be nothing short of spectacular. The Ferrari 458 Speciale is certainly one of the most impressive high performance cars ever designed and constructed.
Utilizing all the latest advances in technology, the Ferrari 458 is a spectacular combination of aerodynamic construction combined with lighter weight materials that brings out the best in overall speed, handling, torque and performance that is expected from the Ferrari family. There are a number of reasons why this particular vehicle is so special, but a significant amount of the credit is due to the use of advanced carbon fiber technology.
Carbon Fiber & Ferrari 458 Speciale
The advancement of carbon fiber technology is no secret. Over the past decade the introduction of twill weave construction has allowed carbon fiber parts to attain more that twice the strength of steel, yet be less than 1/4th the weight. In addition, the twill weave allows the carbon fiber to be more impact resistant than steel as well.
The Ferrari 458 has plenty of carbon fiber or CF parts that subtract a significant amount of weight from the vehicle while enhancing the overall power, performance and torque. The number of carbon fiber parts included on the Ferrari 458 includes, but is not limited to, the following;
Interior Dash Panels
Front Bumper Fin Lip
Rear Bumper Diffuser
Side Door Mirrors
In fact, the overall weight of the Ferrari 458 is 2844 pounds which is 198 pounds less than the 458 Italia model. Because there is less weight to move, the Italia’s 4.5 liter, V8 engine can utilize more of its 597 hp and 398 pounds-foot of torque. This vehicle reaches its peak at 9000 rpm and the maximum torque capacity at 6000 rpm.
The Speed of the Ferrari 458
The incredible V8 engine can fly at 133 hp per liter, which basically translates into going from 0 to 62 mph is precisely three seconds. For those who want a little more speed, the Ferrari 458 can accelerate from 0 to 124 mph is just over nine seconds.
The intense acceleration is augmented by the sleek, aerodynamic design which gets the most out of its engine and carbon fiber parts as well. In fact, the lateral acceleration of 1.3 g’s is the best that any Ferrari model has ever achieved.
In addition, the Michelin Pilot Sport 2 rubber and Side Slip Angle Control system works with the vehicle’s traction ability and electronic differential for better grip on the road to increase performance. On the testing track, the Ferrari 458 bested the Italia by 1.5 seconds, although it still trails the vaunted V12berlinetta by just a tick of the clock.
Scopione is an independent company that supplies carbon fiber parts to Ferrari and many other types of vehicles. These carbon fiber parts are lighter and stronger than their steel counterparts, resulting in greater overall performance.